COMING SOON, TO US? – AT 9:32 A.M. ET: In addition to proliferation of WMD, we also face a dramatically increased threat from home-grown terrorists, or violent militants linked to international groups. They may go abroad for training, and return home. Consider this, from Britain:
Muslim patrols stalking British streets could become “a lot more dangerous” and perhaps even willing to maim or kill, the head of an anti-extremism organisation has warned.
As British jihadists venture abroad to capitalise on the aftermath of the Arab Spring and then return to the UK, they are likely to bring a greater level of violence back home, Maajid Nawaz, the chairman of the Quilliam Foundation, suggested.
His comments follow incidents in which groups of Muslim vigilantes, dubbing themselves "Muslim Patrols" have approached Londoners and demanded they behave in an Islamic way by not drinking.
They have also told women to put more clothes on, claiming they are entering "Muslim areas."
Their actions could be “a sign of things to come” and are part of a pattern of extremism spreading across Europe in different forms, be it far right fascism or Islamism, Mr Nawaz said.
Writing in The Times, he said: “While this street-level problem festers across Europe, al-Qaeda and its affiliates are busy capitalising on the chaos of the post-Arab Spring world.
“Syria, Libya, Mali and Somalia are being ravaged by jihadist outfits, and all of them are attracting European-born Islamists seeking the thrill of real combat…
“Scores of young European-born Arabs and Somalis are following in the footsteps of British Pakistanis in travelling to lawless conflict zones.
“What happens when these men, schooled in the use of political violence in far-flung places, return to Britain?”
COMMENT: It is inevitable that this will spread to the United States. Indeed, there is already evidence that some domestic Islamists have gone overseas for training, training that could be used on these shores.
But, increasingly, we see signs that leftist "civil liberties" organizations are trying to make it harder and harder for anti-terrorism forces in the United States to do their work, gather information, and counter threats while they're still in the planning stage. Here in New York, leftist groups are becoming increasingly aggressive in legal actions against the New York Police Department, and that will expand. Some airheads have convinced themselves that the war on terror is over, or that the threat is exaggerated. They will be proved wrong, I'm sorry to say.
February 6, 2013