The worldwide network of jihadi terrorists has reached a stage of development in which the “inspiration” provided by the senior leaders and preachers of the “movement” has generated enough armed groups in the European countries to enable them to strike targets in Europe in the course of what is seen by the Jihadis as a long term strategy of emotional and financial attrition intended to de-stabilize the countries of the West in the belief that if chaos exists in these countries then the populations will turn to Islam as the solution to their problems. The Jihadis believe this to be especially true in countries with large immigrant Muslim populations. The Jihadis are utterly deluded in this appreciation of the possibility of their success. What will happen across Europe if these attacks continue is that the European states will abandon their policies of toleration and increasingly resort to discriminatory policing and population control measures aimed at their Muslim residents and citizens. The French Interior Ministry has announced the expulsion of 12 objectionable Imams and other mosque officials for preaching and advocating hostility and violence toward the West and France in particular. In an ominous development, the French government announced that naturalization to French citizenship would not be a problem since the French government would resort to a little used provision of their law to strip deportees of their acquired French citizenship before deporting them. This practice may well spread.
The Dutch are starting to make similar noises in the aftermath of Van Gogh’s murder. The note nailed to his body will be paid for dearly by many people who only want to be left alone. Most people want to be left alone.
I do not believe that OBL or his core organization has much of anything to do with this recent wave of attacks although some of the “Europeans” may have spent some time with AQ trainers in Pakistan.
Someone said to me the other day that the Jihadis were “really waking up” in Britain. This was someone who is an expert on terrorism in the world. I replied that in fact it was the British who were waking up to their danger and the fact that they had allowed extremists to “colonize” their country over an extended period of time in spite of many indications that there had been a growing Jihadi presence in the country for a number of years. That presence grew and grew while England slept and the "movement’s" pervasive infiltration of all economic and educational levels of the Muslim community of the UK progressed. It is a particular characteristic of the English that once they are roused to anger from their usual phlegmatic attitude they become very aggressive and willing to violate just about any sort of civil rights in their desire to get at their enemies, especially internal enemies. The Irish learned that lesson long ago.
I think that you can look to see more attacks in different European countries carried out by people who have never really “arrived” in these countries emotionally and who do not identify with the majority culture there. These people are in Western Europe either in pursuit of economic improvement or as refugees from the rapacity of some government in their own part of the world. A lot of them have never been interested in real “immigration” to the West as we usually think of it in the US. They are in Europe for “the goodies.” There are a lot of people like that, and they provide an immense “reservoir” of potential recruits for bombing attacks and other acts of mayhem.
The US is less vulnerable to such attacks, not because of our supposedly benevolent attitude toward immigrants. We give ourselves a lot of credit in that area, but sitting here in my study I am looking at an original sign from 1912. The sign was posted on a construction site in Boston. You know what is written on it. "Help Wanted. No Irish Need Apply," was the welcome in this "Nation of Immigrants." Our real national attitude towards immigrants has been that they could sink or swim. By and large that has worked well for us as a kind of Darwinian test of survival potential and toughness. I don’t think our attitude toward immigrants is better than that in Europe. Nevertheless, I also don’t think you can attribute these attacks in Europe to receptivity to newcomers or the lack of it on the part of old populations. As an example; think of the record in America. In the US there have been many, many waves of nationally or religiously coherent groups of immigrants. When has this kind of rejection of the "adopted" country happened before? It has not.
Is the US more or less vulnerable than Europe. I think the answer is less, not because of our wonderful attitude but rather because of our much smaller population of Muslims (probably around 3.5 million) and the relatively easier police problem that presents. pl