Traitor Muslim Doctors
Police hold foreign doctors over British bomb plot
Wed Jul 4, 2007
By Michael Holden and Mark Trevelyan
LONDON (Reuters) - Police were holding eight people on Tuesday, at least four of them foreign doctors, over a suspected al Qaeda plot against Britain that triggered a manhunt reaching as far as Australia.
One British security source said two of the suspects were Indian, the rest were Middle Eastern and "quite a few" were doctors -- a contrast with recent British conspiracies led by "homegrown" militants, often with modest academic backgrounds.
Two of those arrested worked at hospitals in England, one was a doctor in Scotland and Australian police also detained an Indian doctor, Mohamed Haneef, under counter-terrorism laws. Police sources said the other suspects also had medical links.
The discovery of two car bombs primed to explode in London's bustling theatre and nightclub district last Friday put a city already attacked by four suicide bombers in 2005 on edge.
When a fuel-laden jeep rammed into a Scottish airport the next day, Britain's threat level was raised to its highest level, "Critical", meaning more attacks might be imminent.
Police declined comment on a Sky News report that the same people were responsible for the attempted London and Scottish bombings. Channel 4 news said some of those arrested were already on the British security service's database.
A security scare caused chaos at London's Heathrow airport. More than 100 flights were cancelled after a suspicious bag was found at Terminal 4. At least seven of those flights were to the United States, stranding passengers hoping to return for July 4 Independence Day celebrations.
"The next phase of investigation is focusing now on the international aspects," a security source said.
He said it was too early to identify the ringleader of the alleged plot, adding: "We don't know enough to say whether they were radicalised here or overseas, or how they met."
Two more men were arrested on Tuesday in northern England but police said it was too early to link them to the plot. A local newspaper said they were held after 10 gas canisters, similar to those found in the cars, were delivered to a housing block.
TEST FOR BROWN
The attacks pose a stern test for Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a Scot who replaced Tony Blair last week and has come under some pressure to withdraw British troops from Iraq.
Britain has seen a marked increase in terrorism-related plots since the Sept. 11 strikes on the United States and its decision to join U.S. forces in invading Iraq in 2003.
Muslim leaders praised the government for its "calm and reassuring tone" in handling the crisis and said they recognised there was a problem of extremism in their community.
But fears of a backlash against Muslims in Scotland rose after attackers rammed a car into an Asian-owned shop in Glasgow and set it ablaze.
With Britons on alert and security beefed up at transport hubs, there have been a number of security scares.
In Scotland, police have carried out four controlled explosions at a hospital linked to at least one of those arrested and at a mosque in the biggest city, Glasgow.
Police said they were still looking for other suspects.
Previous attacks, including one on London's transport system in 2005 that killed 52 people, have mainly involved disaffected British-born Muslims, not educated professionals from overseas.
Of the other doctors held over the plot, British police sources named one as Bilal Abdulla, who qualified in Iraq in 2004, and another as Mohammed Asha, a Jordanian who qualified the same year. Asha's wife was also arrested.
In Amman, Jordan, Asha's father described his son as a good Muslim and dismissed suggestions that he could be involved in an al Qaeda-style bomb plot. "I am sure Mohammed does not have any links of this nature," he said.
(Additional reporting by Luke Baker, Tim Castle, David Clarke, Kate Kelland, Jeremy Lovell and Peter Griffiths in London, Peter Graff in Glasgow and Rob Taylor in Australia)
Four guilty of botched London bomb plot
July 10, 2007
Four men were convicted on Tuesday of plotting to bomb London's transport system on July 21, 2005, in a botched attempt to replicate Islamist suicide bombings that had killed 52 people two weeks earlier.
Police said the men, Muslims of African origin, would have caused carnage on a similar scale to the attacks a fortnight before, but although the detonators on their makeshift bombs fired, the main charges failed to explode.
The attacks provoked more panic and fear across Britain, reeling from the most devastating peacetime attack on London, carried out on July 7 by four young Britons - the first Islamist suicide bombings in western Europe.
The men, Muktah Said Ibrahim, Yassin Hassan Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussain Osman, were found guilty of conspiracy to murder at Woolwich Crown Court in London after a trial lasting almost six months.
The moment Ibrahim and Mohammed tried to detonate their bombs was caught on closed circuit television footage. Mohammed could be seen turning his rucksack, containing the bomb, to face a young mother with a small child just as he detonated it.
The jury, which is still considering verdicts against two other men facing the same charge, was sent home for the day.
Britain has seen a sharp increase in terrorism-related plots since the September 11, 2001, strikes on the the United States and its decision to join US forces in invading Iraq.
The convictions come just over a week after two car bombs were found in London and a jeep packed with fuel was rammed into a Scottish airport and set alight - botched attacks that Prime Minister Gordon Brown said were associated with al-Qaeda.
The convicted four claimed the bombings were a hoax, not designed to kill but a protest against Britain's involvement in Iraq. The July 7 bombers had said in videos they were punishing Britain for former prime minister Tony Blair's polices.
Eritrean-born Ibrahim, the self-confessed bomb-maker and the plot's mastermind, said the bombs were deliberately designed not to explode but only to go "pop".
The men were carrying 5kg homemade bombs made out of 442 litres of hydrogen peroxide, nail varnish and the flour used to make chapatis or unleavened bread.
The detonator was the highly explosive and dangerously volatile triacetone triperoxide (TATP). The bombs were placed in buckets and surrounded by screws, tacks, washers and nuts designed to act as shrapnel and maximise injuries and deaths.
Police and prosecutors said it was just luck that the bombs had not worked, either because the men had mixed the ingredients wrongly, the detonator was not powerful enough or the hot weather had affected the explosives.
Although the plot was hatched many months before, the men had picked out underground trains and a bus as targets to exactly echo the July 7 attacks.
Police launched the country's biggest manhunt for the would-be bombers, who all escaped in the chaotic aftermath, and managed to track them down in just over a week.
Omar, who escaped to Birmingham in central England wearing his mother-in-law's burka, was found standing in a bath wearing a rucksack. Armed police overpowered him after a violent struggle and said he was lucky not to have been shot.
Mohammed and Ibrahim were held at a flat in west London, with TV cameras capturing their dramatic arrest by armed officers using stun grenades as they were forced onto a balcony wearing only underpants.
Osman fled the
country on the Eurostar train service using someone else's passport and was
finally arrested in Italy.
After Glasgow the doctor jokes have a killing Islamist twist
By Ruth Dudley Edwards
Sunday July 08 2007
I DON'T want to swell his substantial head further, but I have to begin by mentioning Vincent Browne, who last week wrote an article of - even for him - startling idiocy about what he called "three 'terrorist' incidents" in Britain.
I haven't room today to address his truly mind-blowing ignorance about the roots of violent Islam, but several of his readers are beating him to an intellectual pulp in the columns of the Irish Times, so I'll let that row run for a while.
I would, however, like to address his opening paragraph, in which he spoke of the "clamour" that has arisen since last weekend which "speaks of manipulated hysteria, Islamophobia and a collective myopia over real dangers and disasters. Nobody has been killed. Minimal damage to property has been caused. A clear inference from these acts is that those responsible are amateurs, unlikely to pose a substantial threat".
Would that we in Britain could share Vincent's serenity! Hysterics that we are, we have been somewhat perturbed by the sheer energy and commitment of the Islamist murderers and wannabes in our midst.
Yesterday was the second anniversary of the day when 52 Londoners were murdered and hundreds maimed in suicide bombings. Since then we've read, inter alia, of the trials of another shower who tried to do worse two weeks later, of al-Qaeda's Dhiren Barot, the enthusiastic British convert from Hinduism, who with seven chums wanted to let off a dirty bomb, of the five charmers who wanted to explode a giant fertiliser bomb in a shopping centre, nightclub and on the gas network and so on and on.
We get this stuff every week. On Friday, for instance, along with further revelations about killer doctors, we learned of a failed asylum-seeker convicted for possessing material for the purposes of terrorism and of three cyber-jihadists who used the internet to incite Muslims to wage war on non-believers.
Since most of the guys failed, Vincent feels we've nothing to worry about. Sure, these evil bastards wanted to incinerate and pierce with flying nails in a nightclub hundreds of what they affectionately term "slags". Certainly, they hoped to turn Glasgow airport and the families therein into cinders, but, hey, they didn't manage to do it. What's the fuss about?
Interesting thesis, Vincent. The only problem is that people learn from their mistakes. The Provos took a while to find efficient ways of blowing civilians to bits. Surely you're not suggesting Islamists are too thick to learn?
The ordinary person in the British street assumes there will be another atrocity, is trying to be calm about it and is straining not to blame peaceable Muslims for the activities of a lunatic fringe, while resenting the large numbers who are in denial and wishing the others would come out on the streets with placards saying, "Not in my name" - a suggestion that drives Muslim so-called community representatives crazy and produces outbursts of whataboutery and accusations of Islamophobia.
The United Kingdom loves the National Health Service, so there is widespread shock that we have been targeted by a gaggle of homicidal doctors. As ordinary Brits absorb the implications of this, they're doing what they always do in such circumstances: they're making jokes about the enemy.
Because the attack on Glasgow airport happened on the day before smoking was banned in public places in England, there have been plenty of texts along the lines of "So much for the cigarette ban. Two guys already caught smoking at Glasgow airport."
Then there was the emailed photo of a heavily bandaged man lying in a hospital bed and complaining: "But I was promised 72 virgins!" The nursing angel of mercy leaning solicitously over him replies: "Then why the f*** would you come to Glasgow?"
Middle England humour, as exemplified in the work of the great Telegraph cartoonist Matt, showed one suburban lady anxiously reading a newspaper which had the headline: "NHS doctors held". Her friend, as she pours the tea, is bragging in a genteel fashion: "We always go private for our terrorism."
Australia, at present in hot pursuit of murderous medics, has joined in. The Australian had a cartoon of one burka-enveloped woman saying to another: "My son wants to be a doctor when he's blown up."
I laughed most at the email from David, a British friend who is a political scientist: "In the al-Qaeda version of medical science," he wrote, "'Physician heal thyself' becomes 'Physician kill thyself'.
Indeed there is something quite Pythonesque about legions of GPs fighting jihad on the NHS with a bomb in one hand while handing out sick notes with the other. It also casts a whole new light on the notion of Medecins Sans Frontieres."
Then there are the Scots triumphalist jokes, inspired by John Smeaton, the baggage handler who helped the police subdue one of the men from the burning Jeep, dragged an injured civilian to safety and was totally non-PC. about it. Asked what message he had for the bombers, he replied, "This is Glasgow. We'll just set about ye."
There's a website in his honour with such postings as: "Those hapless al-Qaeda boys were to find out that Glasgow has no respect for international terrorism. Nobody gets between 10,000 Weegies and a £99 week in Ibiza booked on Thursday night through Barrhead Travel."
But in the midst of the jokes the Brits are learning harsh lessons about how a pernicious ideology such as Islamism can turn healers into killers. After all, is not Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawari, a highly-qualified surgeon and paediatrician?
The distressed British Muslim Doctors and Dentists Association is horrified by recent events, condemning violence as "completely contrary to the teachings of both medicine and Islam". Yet their profession is well represented among the membership of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded 60 years ago to re-establish the Caliphate and which is at present infiltrating a mosque near you.
Call me an hysterical Islamophobe, but I fear we'll be need healing jokes for many decades to come.
- Ruth Dudley Edwards
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Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag.... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”