Friday, October 08, 2004
Educated, middle class Muslims-- our next concern
By now, everyone knows that most of the 9/11 hijackers weren't from the poor and disenfranchised segment of Islamic society.
That said, while there does seem to be voices emanating from that socio economic class decrying fundamentalist terror, there are more voices calling for action and the establishment of a Pan Islamic state.
These voices aren't removed from our mainstream. They have attended our universities and are familiar with our way of life. They are, or will be our neighbors.
This is a serious matter and if we remain blissfully ignorant, we will see here what has already transpired in Europe. The juggernaut towards the Islamization of Europe has begun.
It is not my wish to malign Europe-- just the opposite, really. However, there is no denying the European reality- and if we wish to avoid the European experience, we must learn from it.
Below are excerpts from a Reuters report:
Islamic Group Defies Ban, Draws Educated Pakistanis
They are considered a new breed of Islamic fundamentalists. They study at top British and American schools yet abhor Western values, advocate a pan-Islamic state and favor the removal of Pakistan's pro-U.S. government.
Militancy and violence is not part of their agenda; they want to achieve their "lofty goals" through peaceful and non-violent struggle.
But analysts say such men, fired by the passion of an Islamic renaissance, stand on a thin line dividing political and violent struggle.
Pakistan, an ally of the United States in the war on terror, banned several militant Islamic groups, but most re-emerged under new names. Hizb ut-Tahrir has refused to change its identity despite the closure of offices and the arrest of several members.
British and U.S. nationals of Pakistani origin comprise the backbone of this secretive group formed in Jerusalem in 1953.
It wants to establish a supra-Islamic state on the model of the caliphate as it existed in the early days of Islam.
The article contains several revealing and salient quotes from Americans, Brits and western educated Pakistanis.
Read it here.