Monday, July 02, 2007

No Surprises Here

Raise your hand if, when you first heard about the abortive car bombing in London, or the follow-up attack near Glasgow, you immediately assumed the attackers were IRA terrorists.

Anyone? Me, neither. None of us thinks that way any more.

Which is strange, because just a few short years ago every bomb that went off in the UK had an Irishman’s fingerprints on it.

Not any more.

Nor are we the least bit surprised at reports that the attacks were almost certainly conducted by Al Qaeda in Great Britain. (“Britain Arrests Two More in Car Bomb Plot”).

We may not know which particular Islamist group is behind a given attack like these in the UK, or in Baghdad, Beirut, Turkey, Indonesia, Somalia, Thailand, Israel, or any of the other dozens of places identified in the 24/7 crawl on whatever news channel you watch. But we know that angry Muslims are behind them. We don’t even think about it any more.

Now raise your hand if you think increased scrutiny of Islamic organizations in the United States is unreasonable.

I say unreasonable, because reasonableness is the limit beyond which searches and seizures must not go under the Fourth Amendment. But if they are reasonable, they are Constitutional, or at least constitutionally defensible.

Or are we still forbidden to connect the dots?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Norman Tebbit was RIGHT when he talked about his Cricket Test.

What Cricket has to do with this terrorist plot.

As early as 16 years ago, Lord Norman Tebbit, a British politician expressed his concerns about the increasing numbers of British Citizens that identified with a foreign nationality more than their British citizenship.

An example he gave was what he saw at a cricket match in Great Britain between their national team and that of Pakistan. He saw a great number of British citizens of Pakistani descent rooting not for England but for Pakistan. And they weren't all naturalized first generation British citizens, but third and fourth generations as well.

How, he wondered, can these people be considered British citizens and take part of the responsibilities of British citizenship, when they themselves don't even really think of themselves as British as indicated by them rooting for a foreign team instead their own national team?

And what are the consequences for British society of having a significant segment of its population that will not integrate itself into British Culture but instead identifies itself more with a foreign country than their own?

This "test" of British citizenship came to be known in England as the "Cricket Test" and as you can imagine was greeted with hostility and calls of racism from the Left.

But his concerns were unfortunately vindicated on July 7th, 2005 when "home grown" terrorists hit the London Underground subway system with suicide attacks

And now we have another terrorist plot which might have just included "home grown" terrorists in Great Britain.

Too bad people didn't listen to Lord Tebbit's concerns in 1990 instead of ridiculing his "Cricket Test".

Tebbit: 'Cricket test' could have stopped bombings

Tebbit attacks 'unreformed' Islam