by An American in London
Mon May 14th, 2007 at 07:49:27 AM EST
Excellent column in Today's Guardian by Garry Younge on the contradiction of Northern Ireland and Iraq where in order to bask in the success of Northern Ireland, both Britain and America had to forget their justifications for the war on terror of the past five years.
Also highly recommend viewing of the newly released , 'The Battle of Algiers'. It is playing in theatres in London with new prints and will be re-released for DVD shortly. Just as important now as when made 40 years ago. On my list of top ten films to see.
Link for Guardioan column is: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2078849,00.html
The professed goals of terrorists may well be legitimate, but acting in isolation does nothing to advance their cause
Monday May 14, 2007
Last Tuesday in Philadelphia the FBI exposed an alleged terror cell of young Muslims planning to attack a military base in New Jersey. The authorities say the six men, aged between 22 and 28, hoped to kill as many soldiers as they could with assault rifles and grenades.
Once again, those who believe a potential terrorist should be easily identifiable were disappointed. Like school shooters, the men fit the profile of dangerous people who are impossible to profile. They are not drawn from the underclass, nor did they lead segregated lives. They delivered pizzas, worked in stores and ran their own roofing business. The neighbours suspected nothing; their families are in shock.
They were amateurs, apparently egged on by the FBI informer among them. At some stages they blew hard about jihad. At others they worried about being caught. But they were determined. "As far as people, we have enough," another claimed. "Seven people and we are all crazy ... We can do a lot of damage with seven people."