August 11, 2006
The arrest of nearly two dozen Muslim men in and around London on charges of plotting to blow up several planes on the way to the United States leads to this question: what do you expect when you let so many radicals into a country and allow them to stay and be taught by fanatical Muslim preachers?
Britain has been playing a deadly game. Despite calls by Prime Minister Tony Blair for the deportation of those who engage in hate speech, almost none have been deported. This is due to the ACLU-like legal system that cares more about the protection of the rights of actual and potential terrorists than it does the lives of its own people. That many, if not all, of these suspects were home grown – that is born in Britain – shows the depth of the problem for those who teach, preach and model fundamentalist Islam.
British officials have gone on TV to again claim it is not about one ethnic or religious group. What is it, then? Are we monitoring Hindus or Zoroastrians? Atheists or Moonies? And what is it going to take to start protecting ourselves? Fortunately, this plot was foiled. But they will keep trying and when they succeed, God forbid, what will we do then?
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.