Monday, June 18, 2007

Europol: ‘UK is the cause of EU-wide Islamic terrorism’

According to Max-Peter Ratzel, the director of Europol (the EU’s increasingly powerful police agency), the decision by the British Government to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq ‘has left Europe at risk of attack from Islamic terrorists’.

Cranmer does not wish to revisit the rightness or otherwise of these foreign policy decisions, or the argument that such policies may have contributed to the radicalisation of many young Muslims, but instead wishes to focus on the fact that a foreign chief of police is insisting that Britain's foreign policy is to blame for EU-wide terror attacks, and that these conflicts are being used as a tool to recruit disaffected Muslim youngsters throughout Europe to the extremist cause. Herr Ratzel said: ‘The perceived oppression of Islam or the presence of “foreign” troops in Islamic lands is often invoked as justification for the execution of terrorist acts in several parts of the world, such as Chechnya, Kashmir, Iraq or Afghanistan.’

Well, Herr Ratzel, there is a perceived oppression of the United Kingdom with the meddling interference of ‘foreign’ civil servants in sovereign affairs of state. And when we hear the director of Europol - some self-important agent to whose law-enforcement authority the British people have never given their assent - pontificating upon matters political and embarrassing elected politicians, it is a foretaste of the EU’s aspirations to statehood, and police statehood at that.

And one wonders why Herr Ratzel has not bothered to mention that Denmark, Italy, and Poland also have troops in Iraq. Why has he singled out the United Kingdom? And why does he not mention the involvement of the UN in Afghanistan? And what of Islamist atrocities in the EU which are not linked the Iraq, such as the assassination of Theo Van Gogh? And what of other jihadi pursuits across Asia, from India to Thailand, Indonesia to the Philippines? What is driving this radicalisation, Herr Ratzel? Should the whole world just amend its foreign policy and submit to Islamist terrorist demands?

With the imminent arrival of the Constitution Revising Treaty, it will not be long before the director of Europol is formulating EU policy in the Middle East, for that, he will argue, is the only way to ensure the security of the Union. And while we’re at it, let’s have compulsory ID cards, DNA screening, biometric passports, increased surveillance, finger-printing of children, and longer detention without trial for all suspects…

O, hang on…

11 Comments:

Anonymous Voyager said...

CV

I find the CV of Herr Ratzel very thin and very bureaucratic. He hails from Saarland which is an SPD fiefdom and was Oskar Lafontaine's base. I think his career is more bureaucrat than policeman and obviously the wheels have been politically-oiled.

He is however wrong. Why would a Lebanese (whose brother was killed a fortnight ago in one of the camps there) and a syrian in Germany plant suitcase bombs on trains in Germany ?

Why would Hamburg host a cell which went off to fly aircraft into the World Trade Centre in New York ? Was it an aversion to pork sausage in German cuisine ?

Why do Arabs in Berlin terrorise German schools with their gangs, and why is Kreuzberg so dangerous ? Why do Turks have to fear Arab gangs ?

The RAF or Baader-Meinhof ran rampant in Germany, was this because of German troops in Vietnam ?

When policemen give their cod psychology we should remember they have very limited intellect, and one who has spent his time in the BKA and other bureaucratic organs rather than having worked in other European countries, would tend to be a plodding Beamter in the German mould.

Does Herr Ratzel believe German prisons are full of Serbs and Albanians because of Germany's fetid desire to bomb Belgrade when Schroeder was Chancellor; or simply because it was so easy for criminal gangs to infiltrate Germany ?

There is a problem in Europe because Europe created a problem. It introduced enormous numbers of foreigners into its midst and then proceded to dismantle the societal values and create an atomised individualism which completely isolated incomers from peasant cultures reliant upon strong collective bonds and rules.

It isolated these people as effectively as throwing them overboard into the open sea, by creating seemingly anarchic structures incomprehensible to incomers and leaving them frustrated and inarticulate, seeking security in basic tenets of their religiosity....in societies which denigrated their own religions in favour of frenetic hedonism and moneyed materialism.

It is far easier to blame a country which does not conform to Euro-Paralysis in foreign policy than to question the socialist ideology upon which Europe's sclerosis is based, and does not anger political masters or bureaucratic elites.

18 June 2007 at 08:08  
Anonymous Tanfield said...

Your Grace,
Is this not a perfect example of the supranational aspirations of the EU and its public officials,
however minor or ill informed to respectively become and act as if they were a sovereign state and its functionaries in place of elected politicians in the individual nation states. By what authority does a Policeman, however senior, comment publicly on the Foreign Policy of another country? Imagine the outcry if, say, Sir Ian Blair took it upon himself to comment on Germany's foreign policy .
With the constitutional treaty (call it what it is, please)about to be signed by Blair as his last act before his departure as PM this sort of interference can only increase. I see that in the Daily Telegraph today there is a headline suggesting that Gordon Brown will agree to a referendum - I have not yet read the paper in detail and don't know whether this is a correct interpretation but even if it is given the one sided question in the 1975 referendum, in which I voted against, will such a referendum , even if it results in a rejection, really prevent interference like this from continuing and increasing to an intolerable degree.
I foresee stormy waters ahead on this issue as the British People have been misled for the last 34 years as to the true intention of what is now the EU

18 June 2007 at 17:45  
Blogger A S Grey said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,2105815,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=11

I would be intrigued to hear people's opinions on the article which can be found by visiting the above link.

Especially in light of the earlier part of the article.

18 June 2007 at 18:32  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr AS Grey,

His Grace prefers threads to be kept on topic, if you please.

He is, however, also concerned by the development to which you refer, and it may be an imminent topic for a post. In the meantime, he asks communicants to stick to the subject matter, which has manifestly attracted meagre interest.

His Grace wonders why Islam and homosexuality produce threads with 150+ comments...

18 June 2007 at 18:41  
Blogger A S Grey said...

I sincerely apologise your Grace.

I initially suggested it because I felt it tied very well with the earlier part of your blog entry.

Thank you for considering it.

18 June 2007 at 18:46  
Anonymous Guidos Doppelgaenger said...

His Grace wonders why Islam and homosexuality produce threads with 150+ comments...

I think some of your communicants think of themselves as prospective converts !

18 June 2007 at 19:50  
Anonymous Miss Jelly Bean said...

a s grey said...
"I initially suggested it because I felt it tied very well with the earlier part of your blog entry."

Which part are you referring to? How is Britain adopting a hostile stance in it's foreign policy towards Muslims and therefore causing radicalisation, according to Europol, in any way related to Sulman Rushdie? Might you be suggesting that Britain's manifest support for those deemed blasphemous in the sight of certain Muslim factions, lays the foundation of "the execution of terrorist acts"?

"His Grace wonders why Islam and homosexuality produce threads with 150+ comments"

Hmmm, so do I.

18 June 2007 at 21:03  
Anonymous Miss Jelly bean said...

I must say, I very much disagree with Ratzel. I feel there must be a recognisation of social concepts and the implications of their practical aspects. The problem lies within the Muslims themselves, unfortunately. It is time someone introduced the element of convergence into the social chaos and consequently unify the diversity, and offer a comprehensive practical solution to form an effective and dynamic unity. But before we can look to unify the community, we must lay the foundations and moral principles upon which the community is to be based. We must come up with diffinitive answers to the questions discussing the relationship between moral standards of excellence and the practical mode of existance. If concepts are not translated into reality, they remain only concepts and are divorced from the world of practicality. Islam stresses the practical implications of this relationship and applies the moral criteria of excellence to the practical work-a-day life of ordinary human beings. Yet Muslims over time have failed to understand their religion, and have consequently failed to see that the answer lies before their very eyes. As a result of this, we find a lack of human rights, moral cohesion and principle in so-called Islamic states (who actually need to be educated on the abc of Islam). Beany can only pray for the restoration of Islam... the religion of peace.

sorry for going off topic. I was having one of my moments there.

18 June 2007 at 21:45  
Anonymous The Recusant said...

I am at a loss as to why the EU (and this Govt.) is so Islamophile, even to the determent of its member states. I suspect, though I don’t know why, Europe is experiencing a form of selective amnesia over the last 1500 years of repeated assaults from the Mohammadan hoards. What is unsurprising is the consequences of not teaching European history in our schools effectively, modern comprehensive education leaves our youth with little or no knowledge of even recent events such as the industrial revolution, the corn laws, WW1 and WW2, Suez etc the list is endless.

But what is important in this context are the battles that saved Europe and but for these battles, hallowed seats of learning such as Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh and Dublin would have been speaking Arabic, no dreaming spires just screaming minarets.

Uncomfortable as it may be, but Your Graces Protestant Reformation was only able to take place protected behind centuries of Catholic armies and navies that defended Europe in battles arguably more important to her survival than Trafalgar, Waterloo or even the Battle of Britain.

Battles such as The Battle of Toulouse 721, The Battle of Tours 732, The Battle of Lepanto 1571, Siege of Malta 1565, The Siege of Vienna in 1529 and the Battle of Vienna in 1683. The Holy Roman Empire under the blessing and encouragement of successive Popes saved the rest of Europe from the Caliphate that Spain had to endure for 400 years (The connection between this and the subsequent inquisition is almost universally ignored by modern historians). This is why we have a uniquely Christian heritage, why our young are are not taught it by out over bloated education system and why the EU ignore it, is a mystery.

18 June 2007 at 22:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought this would be about Britain's fostering of Islamic terrorist networks here during the 1990s, which criticism would have had some justification. - Simon Newman

18 June 2007 at 23:16  
Anonymous Voyager said...

I thought this would be about Britain's fostering of Islamic terrorist networks here during the 1990s,

Actually it was in the 1980s when France expelled Algerians et al and the Thatcher Government let them brood in London. If you read Stella Rimington's self-serving tome her index contains no reference to Islamist groups since her career advancement derived from infiltration of trades unions in the 1980s as the cheery chaps from North Africa were just getting into Finsbury Park Mosque, built at the instigation of Prince Charles with Saudi backing.

Saudi money has lubricated a great many political careers and since 1973 oil-rich countries have learned how to bribe effectively. The Oil for Food Scandal at the UN showed just how lavish Saddam could be with Russian, French politicians to ignore those in Britain and elsewhere.

Trahison des Clercs....is the cause of our woes....Christopher Lasch has a good book on this Revolt of the Elites

19 June 2007 at 07:00  

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