a country that needs to get its priorities straight - and
Germany’s leftists, never the biggest fans
of America, are currently up in arms about a
recent agreement between their country the
States that would benefit both nations in the War on
Signed March 11, the accord involves a data-sharing plan
concerning people suspected of involvement in terrorist and/or criminal
activities. Under the agreement, personal information, such as DNA samples,
fingerprints, political views, ethnic or racial origin, and even a person’s
sexual orientation will now be made available to intelligence services in both
Designed as part of a larger project to catch
terrorist/criminal evil-doers when they cross international borders, US
Secretary for Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, said in Berlin at the time of
the deal’s signing: “We are fighting a networked, international enemy therefore
we have to respond with a global network of our
while such a security proposal, if not long overdue, would at least be viewed as
a common sense measure to most rational-minded people, since it is meant to
protect and save lives, leftist German union leaders and politicians are
condemning the deal as an attack on human rights and Germany’s privacy laws.
According to a story in the magazine, Der Spiegel, one German union leader
called it “the height of impertinence” that personal data about union members
and German citizens can now be passed on to the United States. A liberal German
politician, on the other hand, gave as a reason for opposing the agreement her
inability to understand what sexual orientation had to do with terrorism (Such
lib/left politicians always support gay rights except when gays are persecuted
by the very Islamists this accord is designed to catch. Then, it’s excused as a
phoney humanitarian protests, however, are in reality nothing more than a cheap
camouflage used to cover the real reason for the German left’s opposition to the
deal, namely, its deep-rooted anti-Americanism.
bad enough that such anti-accord Germans seem to have forgotten 9/11, a good
part of which was planned in their country. Many of the Islamic terrorists who
participated in the murder of hundreds of people that tragic day, including
their leader, Mohamed Atta, belonged to what later came to be called the
“Hamburg cell.” And it is just as bad the
German left shows no sign of wanting to atone for this blunder by helping
America prevent such future, devastating
attacks. But what is perhaps worse is that German leftists do not appear
interested even in defending themselves against the jihadist danger.
last week, for example, 130 German security officials staged country-wide raids
on different Islamic establishments and apartments to break up an organization
that was radicalising young Moslems and German converts to prepare them for
jihad both inside and outside of Germany. While this network was not plotting
terrorist attacks itself, it was spreading the poison of radical Islam that
would lead to this end.
Sixteen buildings, including mosques and prayer rooms,
were searched in different German cities and nine men between the ages of 25 and
47, all German citizens, were arrested, three of them German converts to Islam.
According to news reports, the arrestees will be charged with forming a
terrorist organization and with inciting hatred, in this case against Jews and
‘infidels’. Many documents and video tapes were also
what is noteworthy in this case on a continent where discoveries of Islamist
networks and arrests of terrorists occur almost weekly is that the men taken
into custody are all former members of the Multicultural House mosque in the
southern German city of Neu-Ulm that German security officials
closed down in 2005.
in FrontPageMagazine at the time, the
Multicultural House mosque was one of the most important centers of
radical Islamic activity in Germany. Its network spanned the country.
Among other illegal activities, the 24 people arrested in the 2005 country-wide
raid, in which 700 security officials took part, were known to have recruited
people for ‘Holy War’ and of raising money for that obscene purpose, sometimes
by criminal means.
mosque’s membership reflected its hate-filled mission. One member, a native of
Egypt, was suspected of participating in
the Bali terrorist bombing plot of 2002 in
Indonesia that killed 202 people. The
mosque’s former imam, also an Egyptian, had been deported back to his homeland
for calling for jihad in his sermons and describing the
Israel as Satan. His replacement, a German
convert, spent two weeks in jail after the raid.
mosque member suspected of participation in the Bali bombing was arrested in the raid
last week. Prior to Bali, he had been in
Bosnia where he had filmed the execution
of a captured Serb at a supposed Koran reading meeting, capturing how those
present played with the corpse afterwards. His ex-wife, a German convert who
witnessed the unfortunate Serb’s death and the barbaric indignities inflicted on
his dead body, related this horrific incident in an interview with the German
newspaper, Die Welt.
also recounted how her husband’s brutality towards her increased the more
religiously radical he became. Her sadistic spouse also took a second wife when
she couldn’t have babies, eventually divorcing his non-progeny producing German
most famous German converts to have been associated with the radical Neu-Ulm
mosque were the ones arrested last year with CIA help. Known as the ‘Saurland
cell’, its members, two of them converts, were planning to bomb American
military installations and places where there might be American citizens, such
as bars and schools.
they occurred last summer, President Bush was immediately informed of the
terrorists’ arrests, which were publicised worldwide. In breaking up the plot,
Secretary Chertoff said the co-operation between the American and German
intelligence services had never been closer, a fact that is lost on German
leftists opposing the March accord.
However, the question remains regarding how so many
members of the Multicultural House mosque, most known already to terrorism
investigators, were able to regroup so easily and carry on their dangerous
activities for almost another three years?
answer most likely has to do with the fact that this crucial European country’s
laws are too weak regarding Islamist terrorism. One German intelligence
official, who is also an Islamic scholar, confirmed this after the 2005 raid on
the Neu-Ulm Multicultural House mosque when he said
Germany could no longer deal with the
Islamist threat by the current legal means.
According to one German newspaper, the Federal
Crime Office (Germany’s FBI), has a list of 890 Islamists
living in Germany who are prepared to use violence.
Two hundred are so dangerous they are kept under constant observation, while
German intelligence services are also monitoring 30 Muslim prayer houses.
of which, besides indicating the weakness of Germany’s anti-terrorist laws,
demonstrate the size and scope of the Islamist threat as well as the contempt in
which the Islamists hold Germany’s legal system.
the Bali bombing suspect, regarded as a key Islamist who is suspected of
radicalising the German converts arrested in last summer’s anti-American bombing
plot, showed his contempt for Germany, her values and her legal system when he
appeared in court last year to have his son named ‘jihad’ (Germany has a law
that forbids parents giving a name to a child that may be detrimental to its
Britain’s Home Secretary Jaqui Smith
indicated the situation is similar in her country. Smith said British security
forces are now being overwhelmed by the sheer size of the Islamist
danger and will not be able to cope within a year.
British Home Secretary backed up this frightening warning with examples, saying
anti-terror officials seized and analysed only one computer in 2001 but
confiscated 400 last year along with 8,000 computer discs. As well, 57 people
have been convicted in Great
Britain on terrorism charges since the beginning of
“There are 2,000 individuals being who are being
monitored. There are 200 networks involved and 30 active plots,” she said.
unlike Germany, where the left in the name of ‘human rights’ and a barely
concealed anti-Americanism stands in the way of any stiffening of legal system
to deal with the Islamist danger, Smith wants British laws changed to help
police in their anti-terrorism efforts.
the obvious danger they are facing, Germans should simply ignore the left’s
tiresome anti-Americanism and bleating about human rights where Islamic
extremism is concerned. Germany must get its priorities straight in
order to protect its citizens, who have a right to that protection, and follow
Britain’s lead in devising very tough
anti-terrorism laws to defeat and deport its Islamist enemies. The West is at
war with militant Islam, and unfortunately in wartime sacrifices in the certain
fields, like human rights, have to be made. After all, Islamist bombs do not
care about the sexual orientation and union membership of the people they kill.