April 29, 2003
Terrorism, the AEL and porn

The Dutch secret service AIVD presented its annual report for 2002, spending considerable time on the threat of Islamic terrorism and the recruiting of terrorists in the Netherlands:

Despite recent successes in the battle against terrorism, Islamic terror networks are still capable of carrying out attacks all over the world, according to the 2002 annual report of the Dutch secret service AIVD.

Caretaker Interior Minister Johan Remkes presented the report to Parliament on Tuesday. The AIVD said radical Islamic networks are also active in the Netherlands and the groups generally play a supporting, rather than a front-line terrorist, role by giving financial, material and logistical assistance to terror cells.

The Dutch groups also recruit young men for the holy war, or jihad, against the "enemies of Islam," the AIVD alleged. This is a repeat of its claim, made in December 2002, that dozens of young Muslim men were in training.

But Dutch security authorities have not brought any alleged terrorists to justice since the September 11 attacks in the US.

This is nothing particularly new, but it underscores the activities of Islamofascist organization in the Netherlands. The Saudis have been financing a lot of this, even to the point where Dutch politicians are now calling for the government to take action against Saudi Arabia. But at the same time, the AIVD's report also shows that while awareness of surveillance of various extremist Islamist groups has increased, there has been little tangible progress. The arrests that were made last year evaporated in the increasingly risible Dutch justice system.

One of the groups mentioned in the report is the Arab-European League, founded in Belgium and now establishing itself firmly in the Netherlands:

The AIVD emphasised that groups — such as the Arab European League (AEL) in the Netherlands and Belgium — which play on creating a Muslim identity and religious or ethnic sentiment, are a security risk.

The leader of the Dutch AEL has not formally been instated yet, but it's likely to be Mohammed Cheppih, who is known to be funded by the Saudis in role as chairman of the Muslim World League in the southern Dutch town of Tilburg:
Islamic centres in Amsterdam and Eindhoven have been singled out as particular hotbeds of Muslim extremists and a report in newspaper Het Parool said two hijackers involved in the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, including Mohammed Atta, possibly received ideological training at the El Tawheed mosque in Amsterdam.

Wilders and VVD colleague Ayaan Hirsi Ali have demanded the mosque's closure.

The Islamic conference was organised by a foundation which the intended chairman of the Arab European League in the Netherlands, Mohammed Cheppih, is involved with and Atta and another hijacker possibly attended at Eindhoven or Amsterdam.

The AEL is a profoundly dangerous organization because its founder Abu Jahjah knows how to play the democratic game. He's not just another ranting zealot, but he's proving adept at using the rhetoric and paraphernalia of a bona fide democratic movement as a cover for his radical Islamism. But he does conform to one of the more culturally invariant features of shady populist leaders in that he does not really practice what he preaches. Abu Jahjah was under investigation in Belgium last year for his role in rioting in Antwerp, and as part of that investigation several of his computers were seized. The latest information to trickle out of that investigation is that Belgian police are taking a closer look at the porn on Jahjah's computer to determine whether any of it is illegal. He claims he's being set up of course, because even the possession of legal porn would rather undermine his Islamically Pure image amongst the Arab immigrant masses. In a few weeks' time the Belgians go to the polls, where the AEL is participating in an alliance with an extreme left-wing party. The revelations certainly come at an awkward time for Jahjah.

Then again, it would not surprise me in the least to see Jahjah partaking of the carnal pleasures of the decadent West. Not that this would even be too out of step with my own insight into the Saudi mind. I am getting quite a few hits via search engines to my blog from Saudi Arabia, looking for various things like "Saudi girl sex," as well as search strings in Arabic. I touched upon this earlier, but that particular blog entry keeps getting the search engine hits. The string "??ا?ع س?س" alone netted me 182 hits this month (it's part of a comment in Arabic). I wish I could read Arabic though, but it does seem that my blog has become a Saudi porn magnet. I've had 842 hits from the .sa domain this month.

I'm not sure whether to be encouraged by this or not. On the one hand, it does show the universal appeal of sex and porn. The "Democracy! Whiskey! Sexy!" meme coming from Iraq would support this. On the other hand, the strict puritanism of the Islam, and especially Wahhabi Islam is in stark contrast to this desire for sex and porn. In that sense, it's another manifestation of the fantasy world, the dream palace of the Arabs. They've been very good at lying to themselves, about their own importance and the sorry state of Arab society. The liberation of Iraq has made these lies, both official and self-inflicted, painfully obvious. Reality does come crashing through in the end. As they say, reality is that which is you stop believing in it, does not go away. And it's not going to go away for the backward Arab societies either.

Nor is the reality going away that Europe too is threatened by the Saudi-funded Islamofascism. That's the reality politicians here will have to confront.

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Posted by: Miklos Barath bm4art29c0 on April 30, 2003 02:53 AM

ties in rather well with that report on instapundit about the incidnet at the cinema now showing sex scenes where one guy protests "but its not islamic" only to be laughed down by everyone else with "then why are you here".

Posted by: Giles on April 30, 2003 03:03 AM

Let's focus on the facts. Women in Saudi Arabia are playthings. If they are non-Muslim, anything goes, including rape and semi-slavery. One of Mohammed's wives supposedly was age 6 at marriage and 9 at consummation. Women are to satisfy men's urges and to produce male heirs. Read The Princess by Jean Sasson.

Posted by: FX on April 30, 2003 03:55 AM

That is an interesting fact about your Saudi hits. I've noticed something somewhat similar on my blog after I wrote up an entry about Chinese and Saudi proxy servers and how they are implemented.

This month alone I've gotten 30 hits from Saudi Arabia for that particular post. Now I understand why.

Posted by: joy on April 30, 2003 04:08 AM

While we chuckle over the embarrassment this jihadi wacko must be feeling at the revelations about porno on his computers, let's not forget how easy it would be for police or intelligence agencies to frame him or anybody else for such a crime.

Posted by: Johnny Wadd on April 30, 2003 07:29 AM

Regarding the justice system...
In California in the '70s and '80s, our state supreme court was headed by one Rose Bird. She and her cohorts were basically doing what the danish courts are, and maybe worse.
One Archie Fain had his rape/murder sentence reduced by the Bird court. While he was on parole from that, he committed another pair of rape/murders. I don't remember the rest of the details on the story.
Archie Fain ended up being the poster-child for a recall of the Bird court. We ended up recalling (ejecting from office) most of the court by fairly wide margins.

Posted by: Dishman on April 30, 2003 08:08 AM

Johnny: I do agree that there is a possibility that he's being framed by the police. After all, the Belgian police and justice system are not the most efficient and corruption-free in the world. So it's certainly possible, although on balance I suspect it more likely that he himself had downloaded the porn on his machine.

Posted by: qsi on April 30, 2003 08:38 AM

Is the promise of 72 virgins (or some other abundance) in Paradise after duty as a "suicide"-bomber not just another example of the contradictions rife in Islamofascism?

Posted by: richie on April 30, 2003 04:31 PM

computer users from SA are well known to compulsively download anything female with an ancle showing from internet websites. It is illegal for them to do, of course, so instead of subscribing to porn sites -- like a good Westerner, they run bots to download erotic/nu/female sections of populate photography sites. I know of at least one major photography website that instituted membership requirements and redesigned its file-naming system to discourage this type of abuse coming from Arab (among some others) states. If you contact owners/administrators of these sites yourself, I am sure they would share more detailed stats with you.

Posted by: con tendem on April 30, 2003 07:40 PM

In line with the Dutch attitude of laissez-faire about terrorism: Ruud Lubbers is throwing a hissy-fit over post-Sept 11 American treatment of immigrants and asylum applicants.
Goodness!! Asylum seekers couldn't possibly be terrorists in disguise, could they? Just like Peace Activists could not be suicide bombers...

Posted by: Wim on May 2, 2003 06:10 PM
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