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Justice done?

May 1, 2007

A long time since I put finger to keyboard to put something up here, but I had to comment on something…

5 criminals have now been convicted of what seems to have been a major plot. I was sat in a hotel room last night watching the footage on CNN of Omar Khyam looking over his bags of Ammonium Sulphate, and I am kinda convinced that this dude was upto no good.

So Islamist Terrorism has been foiled again by the Security services. Of course there were some failings, and a little closer examination could have potentially prevented the 7 July 2005 attacks in London.

But on the flipside, an interesting report found its way into my inbox. It is a report from Europol (European Police Office) who are supposed to be the glue that holds all the European Police and Security Services together, allowing for greater cooperation.

To paraphrase some of this report in pictures:

And then we have the number of arrests in Europe by types of Terrorism:

Quoting Kristoffer Larsson:

“There were 498 incidents in eleven EU countries last year labelled as “terrorist attacks.” The Basque separatist group ETA did best (136 terrorist attacks) and was responsible for the only deadly attack, killing two in Madrid. The remaining 497 fortunately cost no human lives.

How about the Islamic terrorists then? Considering the perpetual warnings in our daily papers, the findings in the Europol report is, to say the least, surprising. The truth is that Islamists only carried out one out of the 498 terrorist attacks in the European Union in 2006. Don’t believe me? The entire report is available on Europol’s website. Had Islamic fundamentalists been behind a higher number of attacks-say 136-it would have been front page news at every big daily. One attack is simply too few–it won’t do if the image of an “Islamic threat” is to live on.

The Europol report devotes several pages to Islamist terrorism, despite the low number. Except for the one attack in Germany this group was responsible for (which, by the way, failed and resulted in no victims), also Denmark and the United Kingdom reported that Islamists plotted to carry out one attack in each country respectively (incidentally, all three countries are accessory to the illegal occupation of Iraq). However, since these plans in both cases were exposed before they were set to work, they were not included among the 498. Either way, even after taking these plots into account, the report proves the genuine magnitude of Islamic terrorism in Europe–it’s not exactly a huge threat.”

You can read the full report here.

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2 Comments
  1. 257 arrested for 1 instance of crime
    vs
    226 for 424

  2. i cant understand……

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