Monday, April 30, 2007
The frequency of video statements by members of the original al-Qaeda leadership and other Islamist terrorists shows a marked increase. The propaganda is of greater sophistication, of high quality and more professional. English is used more often, either in direct speech or in subtitles, allowing potential access to a wider audience.
Video attacks, the cunning bastards. At least the Home Secretary can no longer claim that Islamist activity is related to a refusal to speak English.
The report is so far the most systematic attempt by European police to gather together data on this matter, and can be seen as definitive. Indeed, if anything, Europol was pitching for a greater batch of funding with this report, seeking to upgrade itself from a continental crime-fighting force to a mainstay of the 'war on terror'. Every national police or intelligence force contributing data could be said to have a similar reason for wishing to amplify the threat. Yet, the most they could come up with was a single failed attack. I can find only two references to this report in mainstream media outlets, one in the Boston Herald, the other in Deutsche Welle, neither of which refers to these figures, but both of which discuss a 'growing terror threat'.
So much for 'Eurabia' and 'Londonistan'. So much for the Clash of Civilisations. The counter-climactic truth is that the incidence of Islamist activity, including that using terrorist tactics, is concentrated in parts of the world where US imperialism operates.