Monday, July 11, 2005

Who's Minding the U.S. Universities?

The blogosphere is aroil with articles about the July 7, 2005 London bombings. This day of atrocity happened "across the pond," but signs points to the strong possibility that another 9/11 will happen here in the United States.

According to the following excerpts from an article in the U.K.'s Times Online, univerisites are fertile ground for the recruitment of terrorists:

"AL-QAEDA is secretly recruiting affluent, middle-class Muslims in British universities and colleges to carry out terrorist attacks in this country, leaked Whitehall documents reveal.

"A network of 'extremist recruiters' is circulating on campuses targeting people with 'technical and professional qualifications', particularly engineering and IT degrees....

"Most of the Al-Qaeda recruits tend to be loners 'attracted to university clubs based on ethnicity or religion' because of 'disillusionment with their current existence'. British-based terrorists are made up of different ethnic groups, according to the documents.

“They range from foreign nationals now naturalised and resident in the UK, arriving mainly from north Africa and the Middle East, to second and third generation British citizens whose forebears mainly originate from Pakistan or Kashmir.

In addition . . . a significant number come from liberal, non-religious Muslim backgrounds or (are) only converted to Islam in adulthood. These converts include white British nationals and those of West Indian extraction.”...

"The former Scotland Yard chief, who retired earlier this year, said that on one weekend more than 1,000 undercover officers had been deployed, monitoring a group of suspected terrorists. He said that he believed last week’s attackers were almost certainly British-born, 'brought up here and totally aware of British life and values'.

“'There’s a sufficient number of people in this country willing to be Islamic terrorists that they don’t have to be drafted in from abroad,' he said."

Take the above excerpts and selectively substitute American for British. Then think about all the universities in the United States.


At 7/11/2005 8:42 AM, Blogger Jason Pappas said...

Good warning and the threat exists here too. Two years ago I was arguing with one fellow about Islam and was puzzled with his ability to give the standard Islamic apologetics – especially for a left-wing defense lawyer and overly permissive parent. It didn't seem like a movement that reflected his values and worldview. In any case, he was stunned that I was aware of his arguments and stunned that I had ready answers - most of which he never heard.

Afterwards, I found out his son converted to Islam in college (Georgetown University). While there’s no sign his son is involved in militant activities, the groundwork is set. All the standard anti-American attitudes are there. He accepts all the lies (like the one on my blog about who the terrorists are in Iraq.) As Robert Spencer keeps pointing out, in times of crisis when a Muslim (even a moderate Muslim) turns to the religion for guidance, they are often drawn into the psychology of hate and violence.

I can’t help but be outraged at the left’s excuse-making that claims the emotional reaction of Islamists are “understandable.” Leftist propaganda just fuels the Islamist’s distorted sense of injustice. On this, our friend Beak is right. And, as you note, romanticizing the “noble downtrodden” gives dignity to these SOBs that they don’t deserve.

I’m glad you liked Bidinotto’s article. When he gets going he’s a powerful writer and speaker

At 7/11/2005 5:25 PM, Blogger Esther said...

This next generation scares the crap out of me -- that they're our future. I hope they can resist the constant poison they're fed.

At 7/11/2005 6:08 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I wrote a post with basically the same question. Doesn't it seem like our universities are just as likely to be targeted as Britians are. Especially when we have professors, like Ward Churchill, that do part of their job for them.

At 7/11/2005 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

During the 60's and 70's, the "agency" used to keep a "special" eye on foreign university students. Given the liberal takeover of campuses from the 70's to today, I very much doubt that this is still the case.

I also doubt they have many, if any, teachers willing to ask the necessary questions or file the necessary reports. Tom Hayden's autobiography had a few wonderful examples of the organizations involved and how they worked.

Makes you kinda miss the cold war. Given the current liberal attitude, perhaps they prefer hot ones? Nah, just good intentions and naive ignorance. "Justification through faith alone". G_d love 'em. C'est la vie!


At 7/11/2005 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HUMINT became SIGINT. Washington would have laughed had any of his officers proposed tracking the British fleet through their telecopes in the Battery, NYC instead of sending out reconaissance patrols and buying information for "whatever the price". Interrogating prisoners and defectors? Nah, wouldn't want to commit a "Gitmo".


At 7/11/2005 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son graduated from UT (Austin) two years ago. One source of his ire during his four years there was the number of ME groups that established and maintained "closed" societies. According to my son, if you were not a Muslim, you were persona non grata for all intents and purposes. Now, he said, this would not have been a problem were it not for the fact that there are perhaps a couple of thousand Muslims who are attending school at UT. He thought it was particularly irritating since they were attending school in OUR country, and lacked even the common social decency to return a greeting.

AOW reminds us that our permissiveness has opened up our country to some extremely dangerous possibilities. Let's just ignore the fact that these young "hotheads" have unrestricted access to our country for four years, or that they have unlimited access to gobs of money from "back home." At the same time, let us also delude ourselves into thinking that they are taking courses in engineering, chemistry, and energy because they want to make the world a better place to live.


How can our government, the state department and INS in particular, be so damned irresponsible?

At 7/12/2005 5:22 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Jason and Mustang,
Thank you for your personal insights on the situation at our univerisites. Today's situation on campuses is much different from when I graduated in 1972. Western civilization is now being presented as the source of all of mankind's problems.

The time for excusing Islam is past!

At 7/12/2005 5:23 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Like you, I'm fearful about this generation. They are being fed propaganda, and many swallow it.

At 7/12/2005 5:24 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Those who believe that our universities are not breeding grounds for terrorism need a reality check.

At 7/12/2005 6:13 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

I`m with Gindy; given the fury of the left in America, and given the radical nature of most college campuses, it`s just a matter of time before the brainwashed young people decide to ``join the resistance`` to depose the ``evil republican regime``. They`ve had their heads filled with monstrous lies from their professors, from whom they were told they were supposed to learn.

Great post, AOW!

At 7/12/2005 8:28 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Mustang, that's some scary stuff. Not surprising but scary. People like saying how our government has let us down - most of those saying it don't even know the half of it!

At 7/12/2005 8:50 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...


Do you notice terrorist are always engineers , computer scientists but never philosophy majors or accounting majors ?

On a personal note my brother just left for Kuwait.

At 7/13/2005 7:44 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Timothy Birdnow,
Yes, the university students' heads have been filled with lies--and at taxpayers' expense.

At 7/13/2005 7:46 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

My cousin Brad recently returned from Iraq. His job: defusing roadside bombs.

Brad came back safely, and I'll pray that your brother does, too. I hope that Kuwait is safer than Iraq, but nowadays there really is no safe place.

At 7/15/2005 8:06 AM, Blogger Σ. Alexander said...

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At 7/15/2005 8:11 AM, Blogger Σ. Alexander said...

Good news! According to the article, "A shift by Muslims away from violence" (July 15, International Herald Tribune and New York Times), Muslim support for terrorism has declined.

In the end, Osama bin Laden will lose.

At 7/15/2005 8:15 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I hope that Muslim support for terrorism really is in decline.

I have no doubt that OBL will lose, but what happens between now and the terrorists' defeat could get uglier. Violent movements are not curtailed overnight.

At 7/16/2005 3:05 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

"How can our government, the state department and INS in particular, be so damned irresponsible? "

That is something I have asked myself for years.

At 7/16/2005 4:56 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Our country has reached the point where immigration is out of control. Visa waivers are often employed, and there is not proper screening of immigrants. Also, as we all know and as has been revealed since 9/11, many times immigrants come here and overstay their visas. Most recently, the imam in Lodi, CA, was arrested on immigration charges, in addition to whatever else he might have done or said; I read in the paper today, that the imam and his son will be deported. But how many others like them are floating around? With all the technology available, there has to be a better way to track these visitors and immigrants.


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