Not poverty-stricken, not misfits and not mentally ill. These are simply murderers.
Not the dispossessed, not those, quoting Karl Marx, who would only lose their own chains.
Professor Anthony Glees has compared them to the German terrorist organization Baader-Meinhof: “A movement of terrorists from the middle class, whose members were highly educated and lived in one of the most liberal and democratic societies of our time.”
The British terrorists who went to fight for the Islamic State are all from wealthy families, they are the best examples of British multiculturalism, boys and girls who attended the most prestigious schools in the UK, often private schools, those who wanted to change the world and were photographed with the ministers of Downing Street.
Terrorists who grow up in the best universities in the UK.
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the mastermind of the kidnapping and murder of American Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, graduated from the London School of Economics.
Waheed Zaman, who tried to blow up flights over the Atlantic, was the chairman of London University’s Islamic Society.
Kafeel Ahmed, who drove a jeep full of explosives into the Glasgow airport, had been president of the Islamic Society of Queen’s University.
Zacarias Moussaoui, the twentieth man of September 11, has a doctorate in economics from South Bank University in London.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the terrorist of 2009’s Christmas flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, was the son of a wealthy banker, studied in one of the most prestigious universities, the University College of London and lived in a luxury apartment in the chic heart of the British capital.
Saajid Badat, who wanted to blow up a commercial flight, studied optometry at London University.
Azahari Husin, the “mechanic” of Bali’s bombs, studied at the University of Reading.
Another member of the cell that devastated the Indonesian tourist resort, with two hundred deaths among Western tourists, Shamsul Bahri Hussein, was a student at Dundee University.
Now we have the story of Reyaad Khan, one of the leaders of the British cell that follows the orders of the Caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Reyaad said that another world is possible. “The world can be a lovely place, but you have to eliminate evil. If everyone chose the good, evil would go away”. This is the same terrorist who chooses good by beheading people, stoning women and crucifying Christians.
There is a photograph of Reyaad with Ed Balls, then education minister of the United Kingdom, who visited the youth center of Cardiff, a multicultural institution that has received 69,400 pounds in grants from the Labor Party.
A study by the London Queen Mary University in England reveals that “people who come from wealthy families are also the more willing to sympathize with the political violence”. The paradigm of inequality is not confirmed.
Many of these terrorists have wives and children, contradicting the stereotypes of terrorists as “psychopaths”.
Aqsa Mahmood, one of the highest profile British women of the Islamic State, lived in a green corner of Pollokshields, one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Glasgow. Aqsa was a beautiful young girl who loved Harry Potter, Coldplay and the movie star Zac Efron. But she gave away everything she loved, in order to engage in jihad. Miss Mahmood was tops in school and had the reputation of being a bookworm. The Mahmoods were, in many ways, the dream of many immigrants. Aqsa’s father, Muzaffar, moved to Glasgow from Pakistan in the 1970s’ and was the first Pakistani cricketer in Scotland. All of his children had gone to Craigholme, a prestigious private school.
Mohammad Sidique Khan, one of the suicide bombers of 2005, had a degree from Leeds Metropolitan University. He had once released an interview to the Times education supplement as a teacher at Hillside Primary School: “I have good experience in working with children with social difficulties”.
Michael Adebowale, the terrorist who along with Michael Adebolajo decapitated the British soldier, Fusilier Drummer Lee Rigby, with a machete in the heart of London a year ago, wrote a screenplay for his school about violence between immigrants and the gangs: “Do not get mixed up with the wrong crowd”.
Two years ago, a student at King’s College, Roshonara Choudhry, stabbed Labour MP Stephen Timms twice in the abdomen during his constituent surgery (one-to-one meeting with constituents) in East London.
Taimour Al Abdaly, who blew himself up in central Stockholm three years ago, was studying physiotherapy at the University of Luton.
Asif Mohammed Hanif and Omar Khan Sharif both had scholarships at King’s College, before carrying out a suicide bombing on Tel Aviv’s seafront in 2003. Sharif was the son of a wealthy businessman, Sardar Sharif, who had sent his son in one of the most elite schools in the United Kingdom, the Foremarke Hall of Repton, founded in 1557 and counting, among its alumni, writers such as Roald Dahl, Christopher Isherwood and the former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Ramsey.
Similar to the Islamic State’s British terrorists, the Baader-Meinhof enjoyed five million supporters, many in the universities of West Germany. They were all offspring of good families: Andreas Baader was the son of a professor of history, Ulrike Meinhof was the daughter of a museum director and lived in a large villa, Gudrun Esslin was the daughter of an evangelical pastor, the lawyer Horst Mahler was the son of a magistrate.
Olivier Roy made a comparison between jihadists and the terrorism of the extreme left, but warned: “The big difference is that Islamic radicalism has a social base that the Marxists lacked: the Muslim population”.
In addition, while the Baader Meinhof attacked the “schweine”, the pigs, meaning the German ruling class, the British Muslims aim for the “kuffar”, the unbelievers. These are all of us in the West.
The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He has just prblished a book about the Vatican and Israel titled “J’Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel” published by Mantua Books.