posted on Dec, 2 2005 @ 01:07 PM
2 December 2005: If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium
by Laura Mansfield
If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium.
That’s the title of a 1969 film Mel Brooks film about tourists on a whirlwind trip to Europe.
The tag line for the film was to the point:
“I'm Europe, Baby. I sent you Dutch Elm Disease, German Measles, and Russian Roulette. You sent me World Wind Vacation Tour #225. Now we're
But today is Friday – and Tuesday is long gone.
And it appears that something more ominous that Dutch Elm Disease, German Measles, and Russian Roulette may be in the process of emerging from its
European cocoon into the world scene in a big way.
The worm is radical Islam, and over the past few decades it migrated from the Middle East into Europe, and as Bat Yoer describes in her book Eurabia,
it has been more or less quietly morphing into a different shape.
Most in America have been oblivious to the events in Europe.
In fact, until the attacks on the London transit system this summer, the strange suicide this fall of Joel Hinrichs outside a crowded football
stadium, and the emergence this week of the news that a Belgian woman converted to Islam and died in an attempted suicide bombing in Iraq, most people
really weren’t that concerned about home-grown terrorists.
Everyone knew a terrorist was a Middle Eastern male between the ages of 16 and 35.
But the European suicide bomber – the terrorist with European passport – is not a new phenomenon.
If you go back to 2001, to the days immediately preceding the September 11 attacks by Al Qaeda on New York and Washington you find evidence of a major
suicide attack by two men with Belgian passports.
The victim of the attack was Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, which provided the major resistance to the Taliban-Al Qaeda regime
On September 9, 2001, the two Belgians, posing as journalists, smuggled in an explosives charge disguised as a battery pack for their video camera.
One of the best accounts we have of the assassins comes from Faheem Dashty, an Afghan newspaper editor. Dashty was also a filmmaker, who had been
working on a documentary about Massoud for five years. He decided to tag along when he heard two foreign journalists planned to interview Massoud.
Dashty reports that the assassins were two men in their mid-thirties. One spoke fluent English, French and Arabic; the second spoke only Arabic.
According to an interview with the St. Petersburg Times, Dashty further described the men as follows:
"They said they didn't work for a newspaper or TV but an Islamic organization in London. They said, "We want to research Islam and we came here
to Afghanistan because it is an Islamic country and Mr. Massoud is a famous commander.' "
Still, Dashty says, "they looked very calm and normal," and he suspected nothing.
Then at the conclusion of the interview, the camera exploded, killing Massoud and one of the assassins. The second assassin was killed in a hail of
gunfire by Massoud’s guards.
French police identified one of Massoud's assassins as a Tunisian named Dahman abd Al Sattar. He and his companion had traveled under fake Belgian
passports and posed at least part of the time as Moroccan TV journalists.
While living in Belgium, police said, Dahman joined a radical Islamic group that sent new recruits for training in Afghanistan, then supported them
when they returned to Europe where they formed terrorist cells.
Last March, a Belgian court indicted thirteen suspects on charges related to the murder, including the theft and sale of fraudulent passports found on
the bodies of the assassins, allegedly linking them, and the assassination generally, to al Qaeda.
It’s clear that an Al Qaeda affiliated cell was active and functioning in Belgium as of 2001.
So it should come as no surprise that this cell remains active, and is currently providing more assassins and suicide bombers.
What seems to come as a surprise to many is that European-born women are willing to convert to Islam, and eventually embrace an extremist ideology
that calls for them to blow themselves up in the name of “Allah”.
But in reality this is the metaphorical “elephant in the room” – the element so big that you really can’t miss it, but that no one wants to
It’s time we pulled our heads from the sand, before radical Islam “bites us in the butt” again.
It’s not just European women who embrace radical Islam.
American men and women do so every day.
Sometimes they fall in love and are lured into the web of terror by their spouses. Other times they are recruited. And far too often, these converts
to Radical Islam are seduced by the feeling of belonging that joining a cult like Islamic extremism offers.
Those who are most vulnerable are the lonely, the depressed, those recovering from drugs and alcohol addictions, and those who are incarcerated in the
These groups of individuals are targeted on a daily basis by radical Islamists.
(See related article “Islam: A Haven for Misfit Souls?”)
The news media and law enforcement are telling us for a fact that there is a radical Islamist cell in Belgium who has been sending suicide bombers to
Iraq. They told us this summer of British and French citizens, albeit of Middle East or North African origin, which were being recruited and sent to
Iraq for suicide bombings. We know that a British suicide bomber of Middle East descent blew up a night club in Tel Aviv in 2003.
We know that the US State Department’s Visa Waiver program allows citizens of most European countries to visit the United States without a visa.
We aren’t allowed to profile – not that it would do much good anyway. We know that a suicide bomber can be male or female, and can be of any race
What the suicide bombers by and large have in common is religion – most are Muslim.
But we’re not allowed to profile. But even if we could it wouldn’t be foolproof – terrorists are trained to hide their religion if disclosing it
would jeopardize their mission.
We know that there are mosques in the United States preaching the same ideology of hate, and drawing more and more recruits into their cults.
How long before a suicide bomber launches an attack in the US?
How are we going to prevent it?