August 6, 2004
A suspected senior al-Qaeda leader has been arrested in Britain, along with a dozen other men in a daring daylight raid.
In addition, an alleged al-Qaeda computer expert arrested in Pakistan last month is said to have been involved in a plot to blow up a plane at London's Heathrow airport using a surface-to-air missile.
The London arrests have angered so-called Muslim leaders, but so what?
The arrests of the Asian men were in neighborhoods where Muslim extremism is preached in the mosques and believed by fanatics who live in these places.
Are the police supposed to focus their attention in Church of England neighborhoods among Britons of more traditional beliefs and appearance?
If the so-called Muslim leaders want to help bring these vermin to justice and save possibly thousands of lives, they should be cooperating with authorities and understanding of what is at stake.
But they won't cooperate, because, in my judgment, their aim is to weaken law enforcement through intimidation so that the extremists who want to kill us will have a better chance and more opportunities.
Traveling in the U.K., I'm Cal Thomas.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.