Friday, 16 March 2007

Be warned

From the Washington Post Foreign ServiceMonday,

ZUTPHEN, Netherlands -- On the surface, the young Dutch Moroccan mother looked like an immigrant success story: She studied business in college, hung out at the pub with her friends and was known for her fashionable taste in clothes.

So residents of this 900-year-old river town were thrown for a loop last year when Bouchra El-Hor, now 24, appeared in a British courtroom wearing handcuffs under an all-encompassing black veil. Prosecutors said she had covered up plans for a terrorist attack and wrote a letter offering to sacrifice herself and her infant son as martyrs.

"We were flabbergasted to learn that she had become a fanatic," said Renee Haantjes, a college instructor who recalled her as "a normal Dutch girl." People in Zutphen may have been surprised, but terrorism suspects from atypical backgrounds are becoming increasingly common in Western Europe. With new plots surfacing every month, police across Europe are arresting significant numbers of women, teenagers, white-skinned suspects and people baptized as Christians -- groups that in the past were considered among the least likely to embrace Islamic radicalism.

The demographics of those being arrested are so diverse that many European counterterrorism officials and analysts say they have given up trying to predict what sorts of people are most likely to become terrorists. Age, sex, ethnicity, education and economic status have become more and more irrelevant.

See also Parapundit.


Anonymous said...

This is quite common. As you yourself has pointed out earlier, eductaed Muslims are more likley to become jihadists. Be warned is right

Anonymous said...

Why do you suggest all Muslims are like this? Most Muslims are peacable.

SAVANT said...

You know Omar, I have never once, not once, received a comment from a Muslim which addresses the thrust of a post. Just to spell it out, the post makes the point that jihadists, contrary to common perception, are more likley to be well-educated and relatively wealthy. Nowhere did I say, or even suggest, that ALL Muslims are jihadists.