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United Kingdom: The land that educates terrorists

Islamic societies at our colleges have become fronts for extremist groups, inviting jihadist speakers and distributing their propaganda, said Melanie Phillips in the <em>The Daily Mail.</em>

Melanie Phillips
The Daily Mail

British universities are churning out terrorists, said Melanie Phillips. Nearly five years after the London subway attacks and despite dozens of other Islamist plots uncovered here, our universities are still thoroughly “infiltrated by militant jihadists.”

Surely nobody was surprised that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian Muslim who tried to blow up an American plane on Christmas Day, was radicalized in Britain, while studying at University College London. After all, nearly one-third of Muslim students in the U.K., polls show, believe that killing in the name of religion is justified. Islamic societies at our colleges have become fronts for extremist groups, inviting jihadist speakers and distributing their propaganda. Yet the government, “obsessed with multiculturalism and human rights,” takes no action against these groups, “on the grounds that Muslims must not feel targeted in any way.” Such appeasement is an affront to genuinely moderate British Muslims, who must watch their children “being radicalized through such a wrongheaded strategy.”

Abdulmutallab failed in his attempt to kill Americans, but the U.S. has every right to be furious. London is still “Londonistan,” the “weakest link” in the West’s defense against militant Islam. How many other fanatics are “lurking beneath the radar” at our schools?

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