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Tuesday, 7 July 2009

UK: Bomb seizures spark far-right terror plot fear

This is the consequence of not stopping terror ideologues (or even fraternizing with them, because they were "speaking freely"): the extremists of the other side just appear to kill too:
A network of suspected far-right extremists with access to 300 weapons and 80 bombs has been uncovered by counter-terrorism detectives.
Thirty-two people have been questioned in a police operation that raises the prospect of a right-wing bombing campaign against mosques. Police are said to have recovered a British National party membership card and other right-wing literature during a raid on the home of one suspect charged under the Terrorism Act.
In England’s largest seizure of a suspected terrorist arsenal since the IRA mainland bombings of the early 1990s, rocket launchers, grenades, pipe bombs and dozens of firearms have been recovered in the past six weeks during raids on more than 20 properties. Several people have been charged and more arrests are imminent. Current police activity is linked to arrests in Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
via Bomb seizures spark far-right terror plot fear - Times Online.

I don't think that BNP (a hateful party a it is) can be blamed because some of this would-be bombers had a membership of the party. But it is worrying that this kind of possible attacks are appearing.
The internet gives it reach and scope,” said Bettison. “The big bad wolf is still the Al- Qaeda threat. But my people are knocking over right-wing extremists quite regularly. We are interdicting it so that it doesn’t first emerge into the public eye out of a critical incident like an explosion.”
So, what would happen if an attack is succesful?
Other worrysome thing is that there were no arrests made in NZ or Australia connected to this.
AUSTRALIAN police have made no arrests despite reported connections here with a plot by far-right extremists to blow up British mosques.
New Zealand authorities have confirmed they were asked to investigate links there to a terrorist network, but Australian authorities will not confirm that there is any links here. . . the Australian Federal Police rejected suggestions any arrests had been made.
I don't believe the solution against Islamism is to blow up mosques...

h/t The Iconoclast.

More here:
There are fears that ex BNP members are turning to US-style violent white supremacism which could wreck efforts to win Muslim hearts and minds. One official said: ""They are not the cleverest people but they are capable of putting together viable devices after sharing information on the internet. "Say they were successful and blow up a mosque and kill some Muslims. Not only would that be a horrific crime, it could well provoke a catastrophic response. "It would re-energise radicals and extremists and could give them a flood of new recruits just when we're starting to make progress in isolating them.
What a fair prospect! I think the solution would be to get all extremists together and let them fight each other!

Anyway, I don't think that giving money to people to support Jihad or attacks against Israel is winning Muslim hearts and minds, neither. I believe UK Government is failing to really go against Islamic extremism AND so to stop the excuses of the far-right extremists to do thinks like that. Yes, I know Islamic radicals have killed more than far-right people but a) the mass-killings made by ones justifies mass killings done by the antagonistic groups? and b) Violence is NOT the solution, specially when you attack indiscriminately against all the people in a group.

The Telegraph has more.
Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command has stepped up the number of officers in special unit dedicated to monitoring right wing extremists because of the threat.
Muslims, Jews and other minority groups have all been urged to be extra vigilant after an internal police report found that the danger has significantly increased since the onset of recession.
As I was saying, this is not a solution and really goes against anti-jihadism in general, as it strenghens the already strong, although not really factually based, feeling, of "victims" Islamists have in Europe.

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