Category: Terrorism

Juan Cole: Bin Laden tape irrelevant

Informed Comment: The Irrelevance of Bin Ladin Juan Cole on why the latest Bin Laden tape is most probably faked, as its contents are not in keeping with his past style and wasn’t picked...

Terrorism and privacy

So, once again a terrorist associated with al-Qa’ida has nearly taken out an aeroplane, and governments are scrabbling around trying to find ways to prevent that exact type of attack from ever happening again....

My thoughts on Lockerbie ‘bomber’ release

Today, Abdul-Basit Ali al-Megrahi, the man convicted of planting the bomb which destroyed a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie in Scotland in 1988, was released on compassionate grounds as he is terminally ill with...

“If you dislike them, report them”

Fareena Alam (on Facebook) linked this page at BoingBoing, sending up the recent paranoia-inducing “if you suspect it, report it” posters put out by the British Transport Police with dozens of “remixes” submitted by...

Bombay revisisted

So, it seems a lot of Muslims disagree with me and Umar over the perceived need to condemn the recent terrorist attacks in Bombay. Amad at Muslim matters was one of the first Muslims...

Western Muslims should not condemn Bombay attacks

A list of reasons why American Muslims should not fall over themselves to condemn the terrorist attacks in Bombay (I refuse to use the name Mumbai; although it is correct in two of the three local languages, this blog is in English, not Marathi or Gujarati, and I refuse to honour a Hindu nationalist renaming), and I think much the same applies to other western Muslims.

MI5: there is no terrorist profile

The Guardian today published a lengthy article about an MI5 report they had obtained (which was restricted), which stated that there was no real profile which could indicate what sort of young Muslim would...

Online terrorism and stupidity

This morning they were talking on Today about the woman who called herself the “Lyrical Terrorist”, who wrote ghoulish poems about slicing people’s heads off and was convicted of possessing material “likely to be...

The futility of terrorism

Some guy has just been convicted of sending letter bombs (also here) to various companies which were involved in security and surveillance, and to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), citing an “overbearing...