Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Finsbury Park strikes again 

A fascinating glimpse on the authorities' search for the common intersection in the otherwise diverse lives of the eight London bombers - it looks like it might have been the infamous Finsbury Park mosque, also the launching pad for the "shoe bomber" Richard Reid and the "19th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui.

It's amazing how much trouble can come out of one place - and by extension, what a timely action of the type only contemplated now against those inciting jihad (such as deportation) could have possibly achieved to prevent the current troubles.

On the other hand, we shouldn't think there are easy solutions - deporting radical clerics merely exports the problem back to the countries of origin, where the imams will either continue to preach hate in an even more permissive environment, or, on the other extreme, they will land behind the bars if the local government is not as tolerant of dissent as, say, their British counterparts. Either way, the problem remains.

It's going to be a long, long conflict.


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