Could those whose duty it is to SAVE lives really set out to cause such carnage?


Last updated at 23:53 02 July 2007

We might now

have a whole new

phenomenon to

deal with. Just as

we have come to

terms with the

knowledge that we are harbouring

homegrown Islamist terrorists,

there is evidence that Al

Qaeda might be augmenting

them with operatives from


In the United Kingdom we have

learned the hard way, since the turn of

the century, a great deal about the evil

ideology of fanatical Islamism.

None of us will ever be free of the

images of the destruction of the Twin

Towers on September 11, 2001. The

bereaved and the mutilated of London

are testimony to the complete ruthlessness

and contempt for human life of the

four suicide bombers of July 7, 2005.

So although we were shocked after the

events of this weekend, we cannot really

have been surprised to learn of the

attempt to burn hundreds of young

women to death in a London nightclub.

Did we not hear earlier this year the

horrifying tapes in which wannabe-bomber

Jawad Akbar fantasised about

bombing the Ministry of Sound nightclub.

"No one can turn around and say,

'Oh, they were innocent'," he sneered,

"those slags dancing around. Do

you understand what I mean?"

The targetting of an airport

was also predictable.

Only last year, other young

men were plotting to kill

themselves and murder their

fellow-passengers on flights

from Heathrow to America.

So we should be well aware by

now that these people are

without compassion. Happy to

kill themselves in the service of

their pernicious political ideology,

they are utterly indifferent

to whom they take with them,

whether they are men, women,

children, Christians or Muslims.

All they want to do is to

destroy and kill in the name of

Allah, who to most Muslims is a

God of love and to them is a

justification for their perverted

acts of hatred.

Yet although we know all this

rationally, it was nevertheless

blood-freezing to see the scenes

at Glasgow airport on Saturday

— to watch on our televisions

two men so crazed with bloodlust

that in front of our eyes

they tried to turn a terminal

packed with families into a

fireball, were so happy to suffer

an agonising death themselves

that one of them poured petrol

over himself, and had such a

sick notion of their religion that

one of them dishonoured their

god by screaming 'Allah, Allah'

as he grappled with his captors.

Even more blood-freezing is

that one of the pair is alleged to

be an Iraqi doctor who worked as a locum in nearby Paisley,

that a Palestinian-Jordanian

neurologist from the North

Staffordshire Hospital is

suspected of being the

ringleader of the plot and that

two other suspects also have a

medical background.

Now we shouldn't be surprised

that murderous Islamists

are well-educated. Contrary to

what the hand-wringing liberal

Establishment still chooses to

believe, there is ample evidence

that it is not among the

deprived that this evil madness

mainly flourishes.

Osama bin Laden comes from

a rich and privileged family;

Mohammed Atta, leader of the

Twin Towers assault, was a

qualified architect; two of the

7/7 bombers studied at Leeds

Metropolitan University; Jawad

Akbar, who wanted to blow up

British 'slags', was studying

mathematics, technology and

design at Brunel University.

In his fascinating memoir, The

Islamist, Ed Husain describes

how he was brainwashed into

spurning the spirituality and

tolerance of his comfortably-off

Muslim parents and becoming

instead a fanatical, ruthless ideologue who used colleges

and universities as a recruiting


But there is something

shocking about the involvement

of doctors. Could people

trained to heal really set out to

kill in the name of an ideology?

Well, yes. Don't we remember

Josef Mengele, the Angel of

Death at Auschwitz, who

murdered for Nazism and

tortured for science.

What is more worrying is that

these doctors apparently come

from the Middle East. The

security services are already

overstretched in trying to

identify and deal with homegrown

British terrorists: they

will be deeply dismayed if

Britain has become a target for

foreign murderers.

Chilling though it is that

young British men wish to kill

their compatriots, at least MI5

and the police know what they

are dealing with.

Despite the tragedy of 7/7, the

security services have an

impressive record in identifying,

infiltrating, spying on and

thwarting conspirators.

Up to now, their nightmare

has been the 'cleanskins' — the

plotters with no form. How are

they to deal with cleanskin


Of course, we have

had dangerous foreign Islamist

ideologues operating in Britain

for many years. The Egyptian

Abu Hamza al-Masri was the

evil genius of Finsbury Park


Omar Bakri Mohammed, a

Syrian, spent 20 years travelling

around Britain recruiting young

people like Ed Hussain to Hizbut-

Tahrir, a radical group which

often acts as a staging post on

the way to violent jihad. (Both,

incidentally, lived on benefits.)

But at least these people

operated to some extent in the

open and it was possible to

keep tabs on them.

There now seems to be a

horrendous possibility that

well-qualified people of apparently

respectable background

are coming into this country to

take up jobs that give them

status, while plotting to slaughter

citizens of the country that

has welcomed them.

This is a terrible new vista for

Gordon Brown to contemplate.

He is fortunate, however, that

the political tide has turned on

immigration and security.

The country has been betrayed

by all those politicians who

over the past decade have been

insouciant about untrammelled

immigration and open borders,

but finally, with the electorate

showing the signs of revolt,

there is a general consensus

among our rulers that they had

better try to get a grip on

numbers and some control over


Our new Home Secretary has

so far shown herself calm,

considered and sensible: we

have been spared the histrionics

of her predecessor, John


We have to hope that she,

David Milliband, the Foreign

Secretary, and, above all, the

new Prime Minister, come to

terms with the seriousness of

the threat to the country they

are governing.

Appointing Hazel Blears to

encourage social cohesion and

adding Britishness to the

curriculum will not somehow

magically remove the Islamist

threat that faces us all. We

require our Government to

abjure political correctness, to

get control of our borders and

— while cherishing our liberties

— giving the security services

what people and powers they


As for us, the public, we

should be vigilant, but we

should not be afraid. Islamist

ideology is as wicked and

contemptible as Nazism: our

values of decency and tolerance will prevail.

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