Nine arrested in the UK on "suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism". Terrorism officials uncovered an alleged plot to kidnap a Muslim soldier and behead him and display the video on the internet. Police and MI5 searched 12 addresses in the Sparkhill, Washwood Heath, Kingstanding and Edgbaston areas of Birmingham.
Birmingham has a 14 percent Muslim population and 11 percent of its residents are of Pakistani descent, according to a 2001 census of the U.K. population. The inner-city area of Sparkhill has an ethnic minority population of 66 percent. (source)
Note, suspects were detained under the Terrorism Act 2000, and officials did not wait until they had actually carried out an act of terrorism. I praise them for this. Currently the Home Office rates the terrorist threat to the U.K. as ``severe,'' the second highest level, meaning that an attack is highly likely.
This plot would be the first time to my knowledge that a hostage would be taken and then beheaded on UK soil, or American soil for that matter.
There are 330 Muslims in the British armed forces. Jabron Hashmi, 24, the first British Muslim soldier to die in the so- called ``war on terror,'' was from Birmingham and was born in Pakistan. The Lance Corporal was killed fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan in July and 400 people attended his funeral at the Central Jamia Mosque in Birmingham. (source)
Jabron Hashmi was called a traitor by some in his neighborhood. I suppose they think kidnapping a patriot and beheading him is a sign of heroism. They are wrong.
Words of wisdom coming out of the mostly Pakistani community:
"People don't trust their own children any more," said Shabir Hussain, chairman of the nearby Ludlow Road Mosque in Birmingham. "You feel like you should challenge your son or daughter: 'Where are you going at night? What are you watching on TV? What are you doing on the Internet?' (source)
Yes, Mr. Hussain, you need to find out what your children are doing. If they are hanging out with potential terrorists, in the many so called 'book stores' that provide Islamic hate materials, or in mosques that preach jihad is the only way, .... it's already too late.
Congratulations to the counter-terrorism authorities and on the new laws that have been passed in the UK to investigate, arrest and prosecute terrorists.
As I noted yesterday, "Thirty-seven per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds in Britain would prefer to live under Sharia law; 74 per cent of young Muslims would rather Muslim women wore the hijab; and 45 per cent of British Muslims believed that 9/11 was an American-Israeli conspiracy.
These would-be terrorists were .... come on, you know, .... Muslims. Islamic terrorists. Before someone calls me a racist (Islam is not a race), or an Islamophobe, do you hear anything about Christians (or Jews, or Hindus, or Buddhists, or Jehovah's Witnesses, or whatever) beheading others for the fun of it, videotaping it and running it on the internet? I didn't think so.
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