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The London Terror Plot's Academic Connection By: Andrew Walden
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Setting the tone at a 2005 Islamist conference, Tariq Ramadan addressed "young Western Muslims" telling them, "If you want to help the oppressed – vote – don’t kill the people, but build a better understanding in your own society." Apparently Waheed Zaman got impatient. One of at least 24 “young Western Muslims” nailed in the British airliner bombing plot last week, Zaman is described as “a well-known political activist” at London Metropolitan University.

According to the Times of London, “He is head of the Islam Society at London Metropolitan University and is reported to have spoken at Muslim rallies and written a number of articles about Islam for the student magazine.” Another report indicates Zaman represented the Islamic Society on LMUs Student Senate. His sister Safeena Zaman told Times interviewers, “As part of his work with the Islamic Society at university he would organise Muslim events and would often give talks. He is a great believer in the importance of integration between our community and the Western world."

 

Perhaps he intended for his “community” to “integrate” western airline passengers with the Atlantic Ocean?

 

In a separate interview with The Sun, Safeena continues, “He saw it as his duty to stand up for his community and that’s what led him to know George Galloway. He has a lot of respect for him and has met him many times.”

 

A Galloway spokesman gives a pseudo-denial to The Sun: “Waheed Zaman is not a name that George is familiar with. He is not known to him on a personal level.”

 

Galloway has argued that a suicide bomb assassination of British Prime Minister Tony Blair would be “morally justified.” Galloway is also named in the oil-for-food scandal as receiving millions of dollars from deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

 

Thrown out of the Labor Party in 2003 for advocating British troops mutiny against going to Iraq, Galloway returned to Parliament in 2005 leading the so-called “Respect Party” which was co-founded by Britain's Socialist Workers Party and the Muslim Association of Britain. Respect depends largely on the support of Islamist voters in the UK. The London Metropolitan University City Campus is mostly in Galloway’s Bethnal Green and Bow constituency within blocks of the site of one of the four July 7, 2005, terror bombings.

 

At a campaign rally, Galloway’s life was threatened by thugs from the pro-al-Qaeda Islamo-fascist party Hizb ut-Tahrir. He abandoned his 23-year-old daughter to the mob and beat a hasty retreat, but even after the bombings and the threats this archetypical weak and decadent infidel still serves Islamism.

The role of student radicals in the most recent terror plot should come as no surprise. The Director of London’s Brunel University Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, Professor Anthony Glees has been attempting to alert British Universities to the danger within for over two years. A prophetic warning from Glees was carried in the April 7, 2004, Guardian:

Professor Glees will also claim that political correctness makes it difficult for academics to attack Islamic fundamentalism or oppose student societies that demand the destruction of western society, if they wish to do so. The extent to which radical Islamic ideas are brewing in UK universities will ‘come as shock’ to people in years to come, he said.

On July 7, 2005, that “shock” translated into four Islamist terror bombings on London transit claiming 52 human lives as well as four Islamist murderers. About 700 were injured. Two of the four dead terrorists were former students at Leeds Metropolitan University. A lecturer at University of Leeds rented a house where explosives were found after the attack.

In September 2005, Professor Glees, along with intelligence analyst Chris Pope, published “When Students Turn to Terror.” The report received wide notice in the British press. The reaction of British university administrators was described as “furious.” Unfortunately their furor was directed at Glees and Pope, not the Islamists.

The Times of London Higher Education Supplement describes the reaction:

 

The backlash has been so strong that Professor Glees claimed this week that he was being subjected to a campaign of intimidation and harassment from the heart of the higher education establishment that aimed to discredit and silence him.

 

“Vice-chancellors have been doing that old McCarthyite thing - they don't like the conclusions, so instead of facing up to the conclusions, they rubbish the research method,” he said.

 

The Times Higher has also seen a letter to Professor Glees last week from Steven Schwartz, Brunel's vice-chancellor, which confirms: “I have been receiving some surprising letters from other v-cs complaining about your report.

 

“Some complain about your research methods. Others seem to resent being lumped in with universities that might be inadvertent homes to people bent on terrorism. One v-c seems to think that I should (or could) shut you up.”

 

Professor Glees said: “It is outrageous that a vice-chancellor would write to my employer to try to shut me up. It looks like an attempt to get me to resign, as no senior professors would withdraw research.”

 

It is well known in Britain that the pro-al-Qaeda group, Hizb ut-Tahrir has been recruiting on British campuses and in Muslim communities. Hizb ut-Tahir has held large and public Islamist rallies in British cities. Leaders of its offshoot group, al-Muhajiroun, refer to the September 11 hijackers as “the magnificent 19.” Hizb ut-Tahir was founded in Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem in 1952 by associates of the pro-Nazi Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Hizb has been formally banned by the UK National Union of Students (NUS). This alone should indicate terror recruitment on campus is a very real possibility.  

 

In spite of this well-known history, Gordon Johnson, president of Wolfson College and deputy vice-chancellor of Cambridge University, responded to Glees and Pope calling efforts to expose terror recruitment on campus “witch trials.”

BBC reports a representative of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies said Professor Glees' comments were “unsubstantiated and very damaging.”

Leftist bloggers called Glees’ report, “hysterical” and “excitable self-promoting.”

The NUS responded with a statement from NUS National President Kat Fletcher and NUS Black Students' Officer Pav Akhtar complaining that Glees report was from a “right-wing think tank.” The NUS further complains that Glees report, “…offers nothing to the serious debate about how to address terrorism in society.”

 

“NUS is calling on SU Presidents to engage all students and defend the rights of faith and cultural groups to self-organise as societies. Unions are encouraged to support … the Islamic society, against any backlash or exclusion. We encourage student officers to … ensure access to welfare and support provisions is clear and that students report any incidents of hate crime.”

 

Eleven months later, head of the LMU Islamic Society Waheed Zaman is under arrest in the latest terror plot.

 

The Telegraph now reports:

 

The recruitment of Muslim students at British universities to take part in terrorist attacks is at the heart of the alleged plot to blow up passenger jets, it is feared.

 

A dossier of extremist Islamic literature has been uncovered by The Sunday Telegraph on the campus of a north London university, one of whose students has suspected links to the alleged terrorist attack.

 

Waheed Zaman, 22, a bio-chemistry student and the president of the Islamic Society at London Metropolitan University, was one of 24 people arrested last week. Material found at two portable buildings used by the society includes documents advocating jihad and a pamphlet on how to deal with approaches from the security services.

 

Prof Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University's centre for intelligence and security studies, criticised university authorities for ignoring the threat to national security in their midst. “Institutions have not sought to address the problem: they have instead sought to undermine those who have raised the issue,” he told this newspaper.

 

Extremist Muslim groups had been detected at more than 20 institutions, both former polytechnics and long-established universities, over the past 15 years, Prof Glees said.

 

Cassette tapes produced by al-Muhajiroun, the disbanded militant organisation that praised the "Magnificent 19" who carried out the September 11th attacks, were also discovered at the university's portable buildings used as a prayer room and library.

 

Al-Muhajiroun was headed by Omar Bakri Mohammed, the radical London cleric forced into exile in Lebanon last year. The portable buildings are on land owned by the university, which also part-funds the Islamic Society.

 

According to security sources, “several” of the 23 people still in custody over the alleged plot last week are suspected of links to universities, appearing to confirm growing fears that campuses are providing Britain's biggest security threat.

 

Intelligence analysts warned Britain in the aftermath of September 11 that British Muslims of student age were being drawn to the cause of fundamentalism. Many of these men, often from middle-class families, are believed to have infiltrated British universities to recruit terrorists.

Even after two university-connected terror plots in the UK, Islamist recruiters can rely on a wall of protection provided by leftists occupying positions of authority in academia. This fact serves only to convince the Islamist terrorists that the West really is comprised of weak and decadent infidels who are ready made to bow down and serve Islamism.

Leftists point to American, British, and Israeli actions as the root cause of Muslim anger that leads to Islamist terrorism. They are wrong. Islamists look at the self-hating impulse of the Left and are inspired to believe the West is primed to crumble at their feet. Islamists are not angry; they are power hungry.

The academic Left provides Islamists with a campus refuge from which to operate. Leftists serve Islamofascism even as it threatens their very lives. Leftist-controlled campuses are ready-made to display this servile attitude. Where better to recruit terrorists by demonstrating to skeptical “young Western Muslims” that weak and decadent infidels really are eager to humiliate themselves before the Islamists?

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