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    Anti Terrorism Action Items Everyone of us who is fighting the war against terrorism needs to vastly increase our own personal activism. It is critical that
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 3, 2005
      Anti Terrorism Action Items

      Everyone of us who is fighting the war against terrorism needs to
      vastly increase our own personal activism.

      It is critical that Israel be supported against those who would seek
      to create a
      so-called "palestinian state". Please contact President
      Bush http://www.whitehouse.gov and urge him to permanently repudiate
      his call
      for the establishment of a so-called "palestinian state".

      We use so-called "palestinians" to describe the arabs who really are
      interlopers
      in the land of Israel, and who seek to use the term
      "Palestinian" to refer to themselves. Use of that term is a misnomer
      to describe
      who they are. We have therefore edited this post appropriately.


      A so-called "palestinian state" would be armed with the most modern
      and horrible
      weapons of mass destruction which it would use against Israel,
      forcing Israel to
      use strategic weapons in self-defense if it hoped to survive.

      What Israel needs, and what anyone who is genuinely for peace in the
      Middle East
      must support, are defensible borders. Those borders must include
      permanent
      Israeli annexation of all of the Golan Heights, and of all of the
      land west of
      the Jordan River including all of Jerusalem.

      Without such defensible borders,Israel would have to go beyond a
      conventional
      weapons based response to arab attacks, as it would not have time or
      strategic
      depth in which to defend itself conventionally.

      The creation of a so-called "palestinian state" sets the stage for
      an automatic non-conventional, strategic response to arab attacks
      launched from such a so-called "palestinian state" against Israel.

      The piece excerpted from immediately below describes Mahmoud Abbas,
      (also known
      as Abu Mazen), the person who succeeded arafat. It was written
      before that
      event.

      "Likely PA Prime Minister a Holocaust-Denier
      By Rafael Medoff
      Jewishsf.com | February 26, 2003


      While European Union officials praised Yasser Arafat's decision to
      appoint his
      first-ever prime minister, historians of the Holocaust winced at the
      news that a
      leading candidate for the job is the author of a book denying that
      the Nazis
      murdered 6 million Jews.
      The candidate is Mahmoud Abbas, (also known as Abu Mazen), Arafat's
      second in
      command, and his book, published in Arabic in 1983, translates
      as "The Other
      Side: The Secret Relations Between Nazism and the Leadership of the
      Zionist
      Movement." It was originally his doctoral dissertation, completed at
      Moscow
      Oriental College.

      The book repeatedly attempts to cast doubt on the fact that the Nazis
      slaughtered 6 million Jews, according to a translation provided by
      the Simon
      Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.

      "Following the war," he writes, "word was spread that six million
      Jews were
      amongst the victims and that a war of extermination was aimed
      primarily at the
      Jews...The truth is that no one can either confirm or deny this
      figure. In other
      words, it is possible that the number of Jewish victims reached six
      million, but
      at the same time it is possible that the figure is much smaller --
      below one
      million."

      Abbas denies that the gas chambers were used to murder Jews, quoting
      a
      "scientific study" to that effect by French Holocaust-denier Robert
      Faurisson.

      Abbas' book then asserts: "The historian and author Raoul Hilberg
      thinks that
      the figure does not exceed 890,000."

      That is, of course, utterly false. Hilberg, a distinguished
      historian and author
      of the classic study "The Destruction of the European Jews," has
      never said or
      written any such thing.

      Abbas believes the 6 million figure is the product of a Zionist
      conspiracy: "It
      seems that the interest of the Zionist movement...is to inflate this
      figure so
      that their gains will be greater," he writes. "This led them to
      emphasize this
      figure in order to gain the solidarity of international public
      opinion with
      Zionism. Many scholars have debated the figure of six million and
      reached
      stunning conclusions -- fixing the number of Jewish victims at only
      a few
      hundred thousand."

      Another falsehood. In fact, no serious scholar proposes such a
      figure.

      After reducing the magnitude of the Nazi slaughter so that it no
      longer seems to
      have been a full-scale Holocaust, Abbas seeks to absolve the Nazis
      by blaming
      the Zionist leadership for whatever killings did take place.
      According to Abbas,
      "A partnership was established between Hitler's Nazis and the
      leadership of the
      Zionist movement...[the Zionists gave] permission to every racist in
      the world,
      led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews as they wish, so long as
      it
      guarantees immigration to Palestine."

      In addition to encouraging the persecution of Jews so they would
      immigrate to
      the Holy Land, the Zionist leaders actually wanted Jews to be
      murdered, because
      -- in Abbas' words -- "having more victims meant greater rights and
      stronger
      privilege to join the negotiation table for dividing the spoils of
      war once it
      was over. However, since Zionism was not a fighting partner --
      suffering victims
      in a battle -- it had no escape but to offer up human beings, under
      any name, to
      raise the number of victims, which they could then boast of at the
      moment of
      accounting."

      Perhaps sentiments of this sort were common within Abbas' circle of
      graduate
      students in the Soviet Union in the 1970s. But in the free world,
      such
      propaganda has never been accepted as serious scholarship.

      In most Western countries, Holocaust-deniers have been treated as
      pariahs. In
      Canada and many European countries, Holocaust-denial is a criminal
      offense. In
      New Zealand, Canterbury University recently issued an apology for
      having
      accepting a master's thesis denying the Holocaust, while the French
      minister of
      education revoked a doctoral degree that was awarded to a Holocaust-
      denier by
      the University of Nantes. A Polish university professor who denied
      the Holocaust
      was suspended from his position. The Japanese publisher Bungei
      Shunju shut down
      one of its magazines for printing an article denying the Holocaust.

      International pressure compelled Croatian President Franjo Tudjman
      to publicly
      retract statements in his book doubting that the Holocaust had taken
      place.
      Austrian Freedom Party leader Jorg Haider was ostracized by the
      international
      community for his remarks praising members of the SS, as was French
      politician
      Jean Marie Le Pen, for questioning the existence of the gas chambers
      and
      belittling the significance of the Holocaust. A recent poll found 64
      percent of
      Americans believe world leaders should likewise refuse to meet with
      Abbas.

      Yet some in the media have treated Abbas with kid gloves, to say the
      least. The
      official BCC News Profile of Abbas reports: "A highly intellectual
      man, Abbas
      studied law in Egypt before doing a Ph.D. in Moscow. He is the
      author of several
      books." The New York Times recently characterized Abbas as "a lawyer
      and
      historian...He holds a doctorate in history from the Moscow Oriental
      College;
      his topic was Zionism." Neither the BBC nor the Times offered any
      further
      explanation as to the contents of Abbas' writings.

      Bestowing the title "historian" upon Mahmoud Abbas awards his
      writings a stature
      they do not deserve, and deals a grievous insult to every genuine
      historian.

      If Abbas is elevated to the post of prime minister of the so-called
      "palestinian" Authority, not only the media but the entire
      international
      community will be confronted with the question of whether Abbas
      deserves to be
      treated any differently from Tudjman, Haider and Le Pen.


      The writer is visiting scholar in the Jewish studies program at the
      State
      University of New York-Purchase College. His latest book is "A Race
      Against
      Death: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust," co-written with
      David S.
      Wyman"

      We are saddened to find that since his succession as arafat's
      replacement
      Mahmoud Abbas,(also known as Abu Mazen), has met with
      world leaders, including President Bush, Secretary of State
      Rice,etc. We urge
      you to contact President Bush http://www.whitehouse.gov to urge him
      to end all
      American contacts with Mahmoud Abbas (also known as Abu Mazen), and
      his group,


      "Rewarding Terrorism
      Posted by Allen Roth on July 8, 2005 c.e.

      Minutes ago, Tony Blair announced that the G 8 leaders have
      committed 3 billion
      dollars to the so-called "palestinian" Authority. The so-
      called "palestinian"
      Authority that refuses to stop corruption (this aid will follow the
      billions
      before it into the pockets of the thugs and terrorists who run the"
      (so-called)
      " 'palestinian' Authority) and refuses to take on Hamas, Islamic
      Jihad, and the
      Al Queda groups that are organizing in Gaza to take over if Israel
      goes through
      with its retreat.

      The G 8 rewarding terrorism and the failure to deal with terrorism
      (I seem to
      remember that a week ago, the "
      (so- called) " 'palestinian' Authority appointed a terrorist to head
      up its
      "security" operation.) is not the message that will deter terrorists
      from
      killing innocent people in London, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, and New
      York. This
      action by the G 8 should encourage more terrorist attacks in the
      West. Blair
      said that the money will be used to build the infrastructure for a"
      (so-called)
      " 'palestinian' State - at this moment that entity will be a
      terrorist state
      pointed at the heart of Israel and the West.

      Unfortunately, Blair, despite the death and carnage in London,
      believes that
      supporting terrorists is the way to end their threat. This policy
      failed in
      Northern Ireland and it will lead to the deaths of innocents in
      Israel."

      Re the comment above from Allen Roth we wonder if the attacks on
      London of July
      7th, 2005 c.e. might have been meant to extort the
      billions of dollars immediately granted to the so-
      called "palestinian" authority
      following those attacks.


      Connections
      The cross connections between terrorists and state sponsors of
      terrorism are examined here. We believe that Syria may have played a
      major role in orchestrating what appears to have been an overture by
      *Hamas to mend fences with **Fatah in the summer 2005 c.e. terrorist
      attacks in
      England.

      * "HAMAS
      The HAMAS (in Arabic, an acronym for "Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-
      Islamia" -- Islamic Resistance Movement -- and a word meaning
      courage and bravery) is a radical Islamic fundamentalist
      organization which became active in the early stages of the
      intifada, operating primarily in the Gaza District but also in Judea
      and Samaria. Formed in late 1987 as an outgrowth of the so-
      called "palestinian"
      branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Various HAMAS elements have used
      both political and violent means, including terrorism, to pursue the
      goal of establishing an Islamic so-called "palestinian" state in
      place of
      Israel. Loosely structured, with some elements working clandestinely
      and others working openly through mosques and social service
      institutions to recruit members, raise money, organize activities,
      and distribute propaganda. HAMAS's strength is concentrated in the
      Gaza Strip and a few areas of Judea and Samaria
      Activities

      HAMAS activists, especially those in the Izz al-Din al-Qassam
      Brigades, have conducted many attacks—including large-scale suicide
      bombings—against Israeli civilian and military targets. In the early
      1990s, they also targeted suspected so-called "palestinian"
      collaborators and
      Fatah rivals. HAMAS increased its operational activity during 2002-
      2003 claiming numerous attacks against Israeli interests."

      **"Fatah (the (so-called) "palestinian" National Liberation
      Movement) is the
      oldest and most important of the many so-called "palestinian"
      terrorist
      organizations that came into being in 1965 and later. The Fatah
      movement has total control over the so-called "palestinian"
      Liberation
      Organization (PLO) and its institutions, and as such represents the
      character of the entire (so-called)"palestinian" national liberation
      movement.[1]

      Fatah's founders were so-called "palestinian" students from Gaza,
      studying
      primarily at Cairo University, who, in late 1952 set up the Union of
      so-called "palestinian" Students in Egypt. It was there that Yasser
      Arafat and
      his coterie—including Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad), later to become
      Arafat's second in command—began their nationalist career.

      The so-called "palestinian" students, under Arafat's leadership,
      were affiliated
      with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, then in its prime, and by far
      the most active organization on the Cairo campus. The liquidation of
      the Muslim Brothers by the Egyptian regime explains Arafat's
      subsequent hostility toward Egyptian premier Jamal Abdul Nasser.

      The ideology of the Muslim Brothers and the so-called "palestinian"
      national
      movement—as represented by Abd al-Kader al-Husseini, the primary
      leader of the so-called "palestinian" armed groups fighting Israel—
      struck a
      responsive chord..."


      Because a bus bombing occurred in London on July 7th, 2005
      it struck me that the nation that has endured more bus bombings than
      any other nation is Israel.

      There may be a connection between the July 7th, 2005 attacks in
      London and the terrorists who have targeted Israel with bus bombings
      for years.

      On July 7th, 1994 Yasser Arafat, PLO chairman drove from Egypt into
      Gaza, after 27 years in exile.

      On July 7th 1986 the government of Jordan closed the offices of
      Yasser Arafat's al-Fatah.

      "AngolaPress - July 9th 2005
      DAMASCUS, 07/09 - (so-called) "palestinian" National Authority (PNA)
      Chairman
      Mahmoud Abbas Friday denied any differences between his PNA and
      militant movements including the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas)
      and the Islamic Jihad (Holy War)"

      "ArabicNews.com - July 8th 2005
      The (so-called) "palestinian" president Mahmoud Abbas met in the
      presence of the
      Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaders of the so-
      called "palestinian" groups
      including the two Islamic resistance movements ( Hamas) and the
      Islamic Jihad and Col. Abu Mousa leader of " Fatah- Intifada".
      "Gulf News - July 7th 2005
      Damascus : President Mahmoud Abbas's current visit to Damascus
      carries many messages of goodwill towards Syria, but mainly towards
      the so-called "palestinian" resistance based in Damascus."
      (Note Gulf News calls them :" the so-called "palestinian" resistance
      based in
      Damascus". We call them terrorists. We are opposed to terrorism and
      seek to
      expose
      it whenever and wherever
      we can. the Gulf News article also included the names of the groups
      Abbas met with:
      "In a visit to Syria on Thursday, Abbas met Damascus-based heads of
      Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of
      so-called "palestine" (PFLP)."
      " Agreement to end factional fighting between Hamas and Fatah Tue
      Jul 19, 8:18 PM ET



      GAZA CITY (AFP) - An agreement to end factional violence between
      followers of the governing Fatah faction and members of the radical
      Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip was reached after the
      latest clashes resulted in at least 22 so-called "palestinians"
      wounded
      The accord was announced by Sofian Abu Zayda for Fatah, the movement
      of so-called "palestinian" leader Mahmud Abbas, and Nizar Rayan for
      Hamas. They
      said the two sides would meet again Wednesday to consolidate the
      truce.

      In fresh fighting Tuesday, 10 so-called "palestinians" were injured
      in exchanges
      of fire at Beit Lahya in the north of the Gaza Strip. Earlier, at
      least 12 were hurt in similar incidents in the impoverished Jabaliya
      refugee camp, east of Gaza City.

      As the fighting raged, some 700 people took to the streets in the
      West Bank town of Ramallah to call for national unity and an end to
      the security chaos in the occupied territories.

      Hamas sources said the violence flared when security forces tried to
      arrest some of their members wanted in connection with the weekend
      shooting of a so-called "palestinian" security officer.

      However, security officials said the first shots were fired by Hamas
      who then targeted Fatah followers.

      so-called "palestinian" security services have been involved in a
      growing number
      of clashes with Gaza-based militants who openly carry weapons in an
      illustration of a widespread lawlessness in the territory.

      Two teenage bystanders were killed on Friday and more than a dozen
      other so-called "palestinians" wounded as clashes rocked at least
      three
      districts of Gaza City.

      Reacting to the latest violence, so-called "palestinian" prime
      minister Ahmed
      Qorei said Tuesday that there could be no justification for the
      clashes.

      "There can no be excuse or justification for what has happened
      today. so-called "palestinian" blood is sacred and should not be
      spilled at the
      hands of fellow so-called "palestinians," said Qorei.

      "I ask all the factions to respect and commit themselves to the rule
      of law," he told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting.

      A spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed offshoot of
      Fatah which includes many members of the official security forces
      within its ranks, accused Hamas of using a rocket-propelled grenade
      in the clashes.

      "We in Al-Aqsa will not start shooting, but if someone starts
      shooting, we are ready to face any escalation," a man who used the
      alias Abu Mohammed told a news conference in Gaza City.

      "We will open fire on anyone who fires on our people, the leaders of
      Al-Aqsa and the leaders of Fatah."

      Hamas countered by accusing the security services of continuing to
      arrest its members despite its commitment to a de facto truce
      agreement brokered in March.

      Although the truce has largely held, some members of Hamas have
      continued to launch rocket and mortar attacks from their Gaza
      stronghold.

      "Hamas places all responsibility for what has happened with the
      so-called "palestinian Authority," said a Hamas statement.

      "We will not sit with our hands tied while our fighters and our
      movement are being targeted."

      Hamas officials also claimed to be holding a member of the security
      forces, having captured him during the clashes in Jabaliya during
      which a number of vehicles were set alight.

      Mohammed confirmed that one Al-Aqsa follower had been kidnapped
      although it was not immediately known if he was a member of the
      official security services.

      The latest bout of infighting emphasised the collapse of the rule of
      law in the occupied territories which Qorei and Abbas have
      repeatedly pledged to tackle."


      "News Release
      The Zionist Organization of America
      Jacob & Libby Goodman ZOA House Phone: - 212-481-1500
      4 East 34th St. New York, NY 10016 Fax: 212-481-1515
      e-mail: email@... Web Site: www.zoa.org

      October 9, 1997 Contact: (212-481-1500)
      ATTN: News Editor


      State Department's New List of Terror Groups Includes Three Groups
      that are Part of the PLO

      NEW YORK- The State Department's new official list of terrorist
      organizations includes three groups that are part of Yasir Arafat's
      PLO, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) said.... The State
      Department's list of terror groups, which was announced on October
      8, 1997, includes:

      The Popular Front for the Liberation of so-called "palestine"
      (PFLP). The PFLP
      has carried out 19 terrorist attacks against Israel since the
      signing of the Oslo accords, killing 14 Israelis and wounding
      another 14.
      The Democratic Front for the Liberation of so-called "palestine"
      (DFLP). The
      DFLP has carried out 14 terrorist attacks against Israel since the
      signing of the Oslo accords, killing 9 Israelis and one Arab, and
      wounding 10 Israelis.
      The so-called "palestine" Liberation Front (PLF), headed by Abu
      Abbas. The PLF
      carried out the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, in which a
      wheelchair-bound American Jewish tourist, Leon Klinghoffer, was
      murdered. PLF leader Abbas was welcomed with open arms by the PLO
      leadership when he attended a meeting of the PLO's so-
      called "palestine"
      National Council in Gaza last year.
      ZOA National President Morton A. Klein ... also pointed out that the
      Oslo accords specifically require Arafat to "discipline" all "PLO
      elements and personnel" who take part in terrorism--yet Arafat has
      never taken any disciplinary action against the PFLP, DFLP or PLF
      for their terrorist attacks.
      Instead of punishing them, Arafat last year announced that he was
      setting aside seats in his cabinet for the PFLP and DFLP, and even
      appointed one of his cabinet ministers to represent the PFLP until
      it formally joins the cabinet. (Jerusalem Times, May 17, 1996 and
      May 24, 1996) PFLP and DFLP representatives have also continued to
      take part in PLO Executive Committee meetings."

      "HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement)
      Formed in late 1987 as an outgrowth of the so-called "palestinian"
      branch of the
      Muslim Brotherhood. Various HAMAS elements have used... violent
      means, including terrorism"
      http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/pgtrpt/2001/html/10252.htm

      You might also wish to read Meir Litvak's paper: The Islamization of
      so-called "palestinian" Identity: The Case of Hamas at
      http://www.dayan.org/d&a-
      hamas-litvak.htm#_ednref12
      which goes into some detail on that topic, including mention of a
      leaflet circulated in the summer of 1986 by the Brethren's
      affiliated "Islamic Course" stressed the need to preserve so-called
      "palestinian" identity, since its preservation revives the so-called
      "palestinian"
      cause, while "the elimination of such an identity would mean the
      total eradication of the so-called "[palestinian]" cause." Another
      indication
      was the appearance of the map of so-called "palestine", painted in
      the colors of
      the so-called "palestinian" national flag, in publications of the
      Islamic
      movement.- "Al-Mawqif al-islami min al-hulul al-istislamiyya," a
      handbill signed by the "Islamic Course" (al-ittijah al-islami) July
      1986 cited in Reuven Paz, The Islamic Covenant and its Meaning (Tel
      Aviv, The Dayan Center, 1988 in Hebrew), 10-11; Ronnie Shaked and
      Aviva Shabi, Hamas: Palestinian Islamic Fundamentalist Movement
      (Jerusalem, 1994 in Hebrew), 99.

      Some other examples of terrorist strikes on anniversaries include:

      The first attack on the World Trade Center on February 26th, 1993.

      The February 26th, 1993 attack marked the 11th anniversary to the
      day of the declaration by the Reagan-Bush Administration of February
      26th, 1982 that Iraq was no longer a state sponsor of terrorism and
      as such was eligible for American loans and grants, which it
      subsequently got.

      The February 26th, 1993 attack also marked the 2nd anniversary to the
      day of the liberation of Kuwait by the U.S. in the first Gulf War.

      Remarks at the Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of the
      Liberation of Kuwait Secretary Colin L. Powell Kuwait City, Kuwait
      (US Embassy) February 26, 2001


      The World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists associated with
      Sheik Rahman on February 26th, 1993. It was Sheik Rahman's group
      that murdered Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on the 8th anniversary
      to the day of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, October 6th.

      Sheik Rahman's son was subsequently found with bin Laden's group
      in Afghanistan when the U.S. liberated Afghanistan.

      Saddam Hussein assassinated his first victim when he was 11 years
      old. Fixated on the number 11 ever since then he easily focused on
      the World Trade Center as a target because it looked so much like a
      number 11 that WPIX TV Channel 11 in New York City used the World
      Trade Center in its logo for years.

      The World Trade Center also housed an office of the Bank of Kuwait.

      Saddam used Rahman's group to punish Sadat for failing to defeat
      Israel in the attack on Israel of October 6th, 1973. Saddam also
      used Sheik Rahman's group to hit the Speaker of the Egyptian
      Parliament during the first Gulf War when Egypt sided with America
      against Iraq.

      Recently terrorists in Iraq murdered Egypt's envoy to Iraq.
      "Zarqawi group reportedly killed Egyptian ambassador in Iraq
      Iraq-Egypt, Politics, 7/7/2005

      News reports from al-Jazeera and al-Arabia satellite TV stations
      said that Egypt's top diplomat in Iraq to Iraq, Eyhab al-Sharif, had
      been executed.

      Meantime, Al-Qaida organization in Iraq, led by Abu Musab al-
      Zarqawi, had threatened in a statement on the Internet to execute
      the chairman of the Egyptian diplomatic mission al-Sharif.

      The threat to execute Sharif came a short time after al-Qaida
      organization in Iraq issued pictures for the identity cards of the
      Egyptian diplomat as an evidence that they are the ones which
      kidnapped him.

      The statement said the legitimate court of al-Qaida organization in
      Mesopotamia decided to "send the ambassador of the state of Egypt to
      the Mujahideen (indivduals from Egypt and other states that go to
      Iraq to fight with the insurgents) to execute the death penalty
      against him." The statement considered that "the embassies in
      Baghdad are but monitoring sites to snipe the arriving Mujahideen
      and preventing them from having access to their brothers in Jihad in
      the land of Mesopotamia (Iraq) and in Afghanistan."

      In an attempt to prove that the Egyptian ambassador is their
      possession, al-Qaida organization published documents including a
      driving Sharif's license and a work card for him at the foreign
      ministry and another one for health insurance. On Tuesday the
      organization claimed responsibility for kidnapping Sharif."

      "83 Die in Car Bombs at Egyptian Resort By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated
      Press Writer
      July 23rd, 2005
      SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - A rapid series of car bombs and another
      blast ripped through a luxury hotel and a coffeeshop in the Egyptian
      Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik early Saturday, killing at least
      83, a hospital official said. Terrified European and Arab tourists
      fled into the night, and rescue workers said the death toll could
      still rise.
      The attack, Egypt's deadliest terror hit ever, appeared well
      coordinated. Two car bombs, possibly by suicide attackers, went off
      simultaneously at 1:15 a.m. just more than 2 miles apart. A third
      bomb, believed hidden in a sack, detonated around the same time near
      a beachside walkway where tourists often stroll at night.

      A total of 83 people had been confirmed dead, said Dr. Saeed Abdel
      Fattah, manager of the Sharm el-Sheik International Hospital where
      the victims were taken. Among the dead were two Britons, two Germans
      and an Italian, he added, and Czech officials said one Czech tourist
      was also killed. Rescue workers were still searching for victims at
      some attack scenes.

      Several hours after the attacks, a group citing ties to al-Qaida
      claimed responsibility for the explosion on an Islamic web site. The
      group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, al-Qaida, in Syria and Egypt,
      was one of two extremist groups that also claimed responsibility for
      October bombings at the Egyptian resorts of Taba and Ras Shitan that
      killed 34. The group also claimed responsbility for a Cairo bombing
      in late April.

      The authenticity of the statement could not be immediately verified.

      But a top Egyptian official said there are some indications the
      latest bombings were linked to last fall's Taba explosions.

      "We have some clues, especially about the car that was exploded in
      the Old Market, and investigators are pursuing," said Interior
      Minister Habib al-Adli. He called it "an ugly act of terrorism."

      The United States, Israel and European and Middle Eastern countries
      condemned the attacks, and neighboring Jordan said it was
      immediately tightening security at its tourist sites.

      Pope Benedict XVI deplored the attacks, calling them "senseless
      acts," and appealed to terrorists to renounce violence.

      Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak flew into Sharm el-Sheik and went
      directly to inspect the scene at the Ghazala hotel. Heavily armed
      security forces guarded Mubarak as he walked past the bomb-ravaged
      complex and spoke with officials.

      In addition to the 83 known dead, at least 119 others were wounded,
      the Egyptian Interior Ministry said.

      At least eight foreigners were among the dead, Al-Adli said. The
      dead included British, Dutch, Kuwaitis, Saudis and Qataris, one
      security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because
      he was giving information not yet included in the official statement.

      Italy's Foreign Ministry said a 34-year-old Italian man, identified
      as Sebastiano Conti, was killed and 10 other Italians injured. A
      Czech tourist was also killed, said Czech Foreign Ministry spokesman
      Vit Kolar.

      "Terrorism has no nationality," Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazief
      told The Associated Press. "This is a terrorist act and .... can't
      be explained or justified."

      The British Embassy said initial reports indicated up to eight
      Britons were wounded, while three Spaniards were also injured,
      according to Spanish officials.

      The Sharm hospital official, Abdel Fattah, said 43 foreigners were
      wounded, including 13 Italians, nine Britons, five Austrians, five
      Germans, four Spaniards, a Czech, an Israeli Arab, two Saudis, two
      Kuwaitis and a Qatari national.

      A senior U.S. official traveling with Secretary of State Condoleezza
      Rice said there were no reports of American casualties.

      The death toll could rise, rescue workers said. The lobby of the 176-
      room Ghazala Gardens hotel in Sharm's Naamah Bay, the main strip of
      hotels, collapsed into a pancaked pile of concrete. After hours of
      clearing through piles of rubble and scrap metal, emergency workers
      called off rescue efforts, at least temporarily, there around
      midday.

      David Stewart, a tourist from from Liverpool, England, was staying
      with his wife and two teen-aged daughters at the Ghazala Gardens
      when the explosion hit. The windows of his room were smashed, and he
      and his family ran.

      "Somebody shouted, 'Keep moving,'" he told AP. "The lights were out.
      I couldn't tell what was happening."

      His family, like many others, fled toward the back of the hotel to
      take refuge in a grassy lawn near the pool. There, hundreds spent
      the night, some lying on pool mattresses.

      On the other side of Sharm in the Old Market, a second car bomb in a
      minibus parking lot sent a ball of flaming wreckage shooting over a
      nearby beach and into the sea and littered the sand with body parts.
      Overturned chairs, broken waterpipes and pools of blood were
      scattered around the ravaged coffeeshop nearby, frequented by
      Egyptians who work in the resorts.

      "The country's going to come to a stop. That's it!" sobbed Samir al-
      Mitwalli, who arrived in Sharm only a month ago to work as a
      driver. "Who's paying the price? ... Whoever did this wants to
      destroy the economy."

      The string of attacks stunned a town that has long been dedicated to
      scuba diving at the famed coral reefs.

      Sharm el-Sheik has expanded at a furious pace in recent years,
      making it a major player in Egypt's vital tourism industry, drawing
      Europeans, Israelis and Arabs from oil-producing Gulf nations.
      Mubarak has a residence where he spends the winter, and the town has
      been the host to multiple summits for the Israeli-Palestinian peace
      process.

      The attacks last fall in Taba ended a long halt in Egyptian militant
      violence. The last major attack had been in 1997, when Islamic
      militants killed 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians at the
      Pharaonic Temple of Hatshepsut outside Luxor in southern Egypt.

      There were signs that the bombings were by suicide attackers.
      Witnesses at the coffeeshop reported the attack vehicle was moving
      when it blew up, and the governor of South Sinai, Mustafa Afifi,
      said the car in the Ghazala attack broke through security into the
      front driveway before exploding.

      The Ghazala blast swept through the interior of the sprawling, low-
      built hotel, shattering windows and shredding metal. Blood
      splattered some of the walls.

      The blast at Old Market tore through a coffeeshop on the side of a
      minibus lot, killing at least 17 Eygptians who were sitting there,
      said a security official in the operations control room in Cairo.

      More than eight hours later, the overturned shell of a minibus was
      still smoldering, near a large crater in the asphalt.

      "This is a security farce," said Omar Ezzideen, owner of a
      children's clothing store in a nearby mall whose windows were
      shattered. "How can something like this happen here? How could
      (explosives) enter here? The national economy is based on this."

      AP correspondents Paul Garwood, Nadia Abou El-Magd, Salah Nasrawi
      and Maggie Michael in Cairo contributed to this report."
      Almost a quarter of a century after the Sadat assassination Egypt
      has joined the ranks of the appeasers of terrorism
      as the first item below reveals:
      "Two Militants Jailed in Sadat Death Freed
      By NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD, Associated Press Writer
      Tuesday November 8th, 2005 (c.e).
      Two Islamic militants jailed in the 1981 killing of President Anwar
      Sadat have been released after more than two decades behind bars,
      prison officials and lawyers said Tuesday.
      Nageh Ibrahim and Fouad el-Dawalibi, founding members of al-Gamaa al-
      Islamiyya, once Egypt's largest Islamic militant group, were freed
      Nov. 1, prison officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity
      as they are not authorized to speak to the media.
      The men were convicted in connection with Sadat's assassination
      during a military parade in Cairo on Oct. 6, 1981. They were
      sentenced in 1984 — Ibrahim to 24 years and el-Dawalibi to 15 years —
      for their role in the killing and for belonging to the outlawed
      group.
      Egyptian law allows people to be held after completing their
      sentences.
      It was not clear why the men were freed. Lawyer Montasser el-Zayat
      said Tuesday he believed they were released as part of a truce
      between al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya and the government.
      Ibrahim and el-Dawalibi were among the architects of the truce,
      which was announced in 1997.
      Safwat Abdel-Ghani, one of the movement's chief ideologues, also was
      released from prison last week. Abdel-Ghani, who has renounced
      violence, was sentenced to prison in 1993 in the 1990 killing of the
      parliament speaker. His sentence was extended twice, including once
      after he escaped and was recaptured.
      In its campaign to overthrow the government during the 1990s, al-
      Gamaa al-Islamiyya killed more than 1,200 people, mostly militants,
      tourists and police. With the releases last week, two main al-Gamaa
      al-Islamiyya leaders remain in prison: Assem Abdel Maged and Essam
      Derbala.
      Lt. Col. Abboud el-Zomor, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for
      plotting Sadat's assassination and belonging to the banned Islamic
      Jihad group, remains in prison. Islamic Jihad has not renounced
      violence.
      Islamic Jihad was the principal militant group behind Sadat's
      assassination. In the late 1990s, it merged with al-Qaida, the
      terror group led by Osama bin Laden."

      Egypt sent the wrong signal in the item above. Let us hope
      that President Bush learns that lesson well and ends his support for
      a so-called "palestinian state". We must never
      reward terror. Only by punishing terror can we ever hope to defeat
      it.



      Sheik Rahman's son was found with bin Laden's
      group in Afghanistan after the U.S. liberated Afghanistan in 2001.

      Saddam, acting like a child who is deprived of a toy, who
      subsequently
      breaks that toy, set fire to the Kuwaiti oil fields as he was being
      driven out of Kuwait during the first Gulf War in 1991.

      "Aired 9/11/2001 "Baghdad Republic of Iraq TV: These are
      the fruits of the new US order.[Video of explosion rocking World
      Trade
      Center] Panic has spread among US official circles, which evacuated
      the White House following a series of explosions."
      "CNN LARRY KING LIVE Aired October 2, 2001 LARRY KING: Have you
      spoken to your father- in-law? (George Herbert Walker Bush)
      LAURA BUSH: I've spoken to my father-in-law. They were-they had
      actually spent that Monday night here.(at the White House) I had
      just seen them off that morning (9/11/2001) when I got in the car
      and found out about the first plane.(going into the World Trade
      Center.)"
      Saddam tried to kill former President Bush in 1993.
      Former President Bush's Speech to Congress September 11th 1990. 11
      years to the day before September 11th 2001 "In the early morning
      hours of August 2d,(1990),a powerful Iraqi army invaded Kuwait. The
      crisis in the Persian Gulf also offers a rare opportunity to move
      toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled
      times, our fifth objective-a new world order-can emerge."

      White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer: we have real and credible
      information that the airplane that landed at the Pentagon was
      originally intended to hit the White House."
      "White House Was Flight 93 Target
      A high-ranking al Qaeda detainee told investigators the intended
      target of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into a
      Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, was the White House. Government
      sources said Abu Zubaydah, now in U.S. custody, believed to be the
      source of the information."

      Perhaps the following may explain how Saddam knew where former
      President Bush might be spending the night of September 10th-11th
      2001:
      "Like everyone else in the United States, the group stood transfixed
      as the events of September 11 unfolded. Present were former secretary
      of defense Frank Carlucci, former secretary of state James Baker III,
      and representatives of the bin Laden family. This was not some
      underground presidential bunker or Central Intelligence Agency
      interrogation room. It was the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., the
      plush setting for the annual investor conference of one of the most
      powerful, well-connected, and secretive companies in the world: the
      Carlyle Group. And since September 11, this little-known company has
      become unexpectedly important. That the Carlyle Group had its
      conference on America's darkest day was mere coincidence, but there
      is nothing accidental about the cast of characters that this
      private-equity powerhouse has assembled in the 14 years since its
      founding. Among those associated with Carlyle are former U.S.
      President George Bush Sr., former U.K. Prime Minister John Major, and
      former President of the Philippines Fidel Ramos. And Carlyle has
      counted, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Alsaud of Saudi
      Arabia, and Osama bin Laden's family among its high-profile
      clientele."

      "The White House is bordered on three sides by buildings that are as
      tall or taller than itself. (OEOB, Treasury, and Blair House.) Beyond
      these buildings there are still more buildings, that also are taller
      than the White House. The only flight path that is relatively
      unobstructed if making a controlled, straight-in approach, is from
      the south, over the ellipse. Even the Marine helicopter the president
      uses comes in from this direction and lands on the South Lawn. The
      problem with flying a plane the size of a 757 or 767 in from this
      direction is that there's a 555 ft tall structure in the way called
      the Washington Monument. The Capitol, although a bigger target, is
      similarly situated. There are buildings on all sides except for the
      west side, which faces the Mall. Again, for a controlled, straight-in
      approach, a pilot first would need to avoid the Washington Monument,
      and then fly straight down the Mall. There is more room to do this,
      but again, it would take considerable skill. Moreover, the buildings
      in Roslyn, just across the river from and to the west of the Mall,
      would have to be cleared, which means the plane's altitude would
      probably be too high, or the angle of descent too steep to permit a
      successful attack by anyone other than a skilled, experienced pilot."

      Weeks after the last pile of debris from EgyptAir Flight 990 was
      pulled from the sea, investigators say they are more
      convinced than ever of their original theory: The jet was crashed
      deliberately."


      "The co-pilot under scrutiny in the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990
      uttered
      an Arabic prayer not once but as many as 10 times just
      before the doomed airliner went down"
      "Aviation Analyst John Nance Talks About Flight 990 When a commercial
      aircraft goes into a dive as steep and precipitous as the preliminary
      radar data seems to indicate."
      "The Ba'ath leadership gave the orders for Qasim's assassination...On
      October 7th,1959, a six-,man assassination squad was waiting...the
      night before one member of the squad had fallen ill. A new recruit
      was drafted in...his full name was Saddam Hussein al-Takriti."
      Page 22
      "The Ba'athist led forces...participated in the coup of 8th February
      1963...Immediately after the coup, Saddam Hussein returned to Iraq,
      where he was appointed as the head of Al-Jihaz Al Khas, known
      popularly as Jihaz Haneen (the Yearning Apparatus), the clandestine
      intelligence organization of the Ba'ath Party. Saddam proceeded to
      turn it into an instrument of terror....on 18th November (1963) the
      army seized power in a swift military coup...the new leadership of
      the Ba'ath Party...was arrested. However, some of its members
      immediately collaborated with the new regime..." Pgs 25-26

      "7th October 1959 A Ba'athist assassination squad fails to kill
      Qasim. A member of the team, twenty-two-year old Saddam Hussein,
      escapes to Syria and then to Egypt...8th February 1963 A Ba'athist
      coup overthrows Quasim amidst several days of terrible street
      fighting...18th November 1963 Following bitter infighting
      between...factions of the Baath, Arif overthrows the Ba'athist
      regime..." Pages 312-313

      An example of terrorists striking on an anniversary
      came on October 7th, 2004 in Taba.
      "Images of Destruction | Taba Hilton Before and After Terrorist
      Attack on October 7, 2004"
      According to initial findings Naveh said, a car bomb blew up at the
      entrance to the Hilton Taba Hotel and there was a combined bomb and
      shooting attack in two restaurants usually frequented by Israelis in
      Ras Al-Satan."
      http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4020867.html
      On October 7th,2001 "America Retaliates for the September 11
      Attacks. October 7, 2001 President George W. Bush Speaks to America
      After the Strikes Begin.


      "President Saddam Hussein chairs 48th Cabinet Session Baghdad, Oct.
      22, 2001 INA
      President Saddam Hussein chaired on Sunday the 48th Cabinet session.
      The Cabinet discussed recent events of Palestinian Intifadha and
      praised Palestinians brave and
      persistent struggle for liberating their lands. The cabinet reviewed
      the current international
      situation, especially the U.S aggression on Afghanistan. The Cabinet
      brought back a historic
      stance Iraq had taken in 1979 when it condemned the military Soviet
      invasion of Afghanistan though Iraq had then deep relations with the
      Soviet Union and there was a
      friendship and cooperation agreement between Iraq and the Soviet
      Union, yet this had not prevented Iraq from taking the national
      independent stand rejecting Soviet's behavior. History repeats itself
      once again in 2001 as Iraq takes the same stance and condemns the US
      aggression on Afghanistan....this confirms Iraq's principled stance
      rejecting all forms of foreign intervention and aggressions. The
      Cabinet discussed issues listed on its agenda and made necessary
      decisions and recommendations."
      Saddam loves 11th anniversaries, for instance " Saddam Hussein's
      speech on the 11th Anniversary of the Great Victory Day In the Name
      of God, Most Compassionate, Most
      Merciful Great People, The Valiant of Our Brave Armed Forces, Sons of
      our Glorious Arab Nation…"


      "Middle East Correspondent, Robert Fisk: Why was it that the bombing
      of the two
      embassies in Tanzania and Kenya occurred on the eighth anniversary to
      the very day of the first arrival of American troops of the 82nd
      airborne in Saudi Arabia in 1990?"

      "The 12th of October 2002 will for the rest of Australian history be
      counted as a day when evil
      struck with indiscriminate and indescribable savagery,"

      "On October 12th, 2000 terrorists in a boat laden with explosives
      carried out a
      suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in the harbor at Aden, Yemen. In
      what President Clinton described as a "despicable and cowardly act,"
      17 U.S. sailors were killed, and over 30 others were wounded."

      After the liberation of Iraq terrorists struck the Baghdad Hotel on
      October 12th.

      If you add 1 to 9 you get 10. If you add 1 to 11 you get 12. Thus
      the 9/11/2001 attack
      was presaged by the attack on the U.S.S. Cole on 10/12/2000. The
      terrorists were
      engaging in what to them was a private joke regarding their plans
      for 9/11/2001.

      "Iraq has the motivation and the means to actively support the
      Islamist networks of the region*** In the past, there have been
      intelligence reports of possible cooperation between Iraq and Osama
      bin Laden. Iraq has already tried to assassinate President Bush
      Senior in 1993, when he visited Kuwait as a private citizen. In the
      attack
      on the USS Cole in Aden (in) October (of 2000), there could have
      been an
      Iraqi connection. Iraq has excellent relations with the anti-Western
      Yemeni Islamists of the Army of Aden-Abyan, whose militants have been
      arrested by the Yemenite authorities in connection with the attack.
      Such an attack required long preparations, technical and military
      skills and good operational intelligence. In addition, the explosive
      used in the attack was sophisticated, a "shaped charge" like a
      torpedo or a missile, a device not in use by terrorist
      organizations, and
      which may have come from a military stockpile."

      4 DAYS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 Saddam's Stepson in USA
      "Authorities said Saffi" (Saddam's Stepson), " triggered red flags
      for four reasons: the family relationship to the Iraqi dictator;
      training
      at an American flight school; arrival on the eve of the Independence
      Day celebrations; and his only documented prior entry into the United
      States occurred just four days before the Sept. 11 terrorist
      attacks."
      "Saddam's Stepson to Be Deported Fri Jul 5th 2002 (Saffi) was
      planning to study at a flight school believed by the FBI
      to have been used by one of the Sept. 11 hijackers."

      "US officials state that an FBI investigation had substantiated
      charges that the Iraqi government plotted the assassination of former
      President Bush while visiting Kuwait in April 1993."
      "Terrorist Pilot Met With Iraqi Intelligence Agent By RICK JERVIS
      Special to The Wall Street Journal Europe Wall Street Journal,
      Europe October 4, 2001 [With thanks to Laurie Mylroie - Iraq News]
      PRAGUE-Mohamed Atta, who
      allegedly crashed the first plane into the World Trade Center on
      Sept. 11, met at least one Iraqi intelligence agent last year in
      Prague
      before moving to the U.S., a Czech official close to the
      investigation
      said."
      Abu Hamza Masri, shown here with followers in London last year, has
      been charged with nine counts of incitement to murder for speeches
      that allegedly promoted mass violence against non-Muslims. AFP




      On the morning after bombs ripped through the London Underground and
      crumpled a double-decker bus, four security guards escorted a one-
      eyed, Egyptian-born cleric, his arms amputated below the elbows from
      Afghan war injuries, onto the elevated dock of Courtroom No1 in Old
      Bailey, the capital's principal criminal court.

      Abu Hamza Masri, for years a blood-curdling preacher at a North
      London mosque allegedly visited by shoe bomber Richard Reid and
      hijacker trainee Zacarias Moussaoui, listened silently Friday as his
      lawyer argued about his indictment last January on nine counts of
      incitement to murder for speeches that allegedly promoted mass
      violence against non-Muslims. In one speech cited in a British
      documentary film, Masri urged followers to get an infidel ''and
      crush his head in your arms, so you can wring his throat. Forget
      wasting a bullet, cut them in half!''

      Masri's case is just one of several dozen that describe the venom,
      sprawling shape and deep history of al-Qaeda and related extremist
      groups in London. Osama bin Laden opened a political and media
      office in London as far back as 1994; it closed four years later
      when his local lieutenant, Khalid Fawwaz, was arrested for aiding al-
      Qaeda's attack on two US embassies in Africa.

      After September 11, 2001, London became ''the Star Wars bar scene''
      for Islamic radicals, as former White House counter-terrorism
      official Steven Simon called it, attracting a polyglot group of
      intellectuals, preachers, financiers, arms traders, technology
      specialists, forgers, travel organizers and foot soldiers.

      Today, al-Qaeda and its offshoots retain broader connections to
      London than to any other city in Europe, according to evidence from
      terrorist prosecutions. Evidence shows at least a supporting
      connection to London groups or individuals in many of the al-Qaeda-
      related attacks of the past seven years. Among them are the 1998 US
      Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania; the assassination of Afghan
      militia leader Ahmed Shah Massoud on September 9, 2001; outer rings
      of the September 11 conspiracy, involving Moussaoui and the
      surveillance of financial targets in Washington and New York; Reid's
      attempted shoe bomb attack in December 2001; and the 2002 murder of
      Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

      The evidence in these and other cases describes al-Qaeda connections
      in London as remarkably diverse, ranging from the core
      organization's early formation through its phase of elaborate
      planned global strikes between 1999 and 2001, to its more recent
      period of diffuse franchises and younger volunteers to an attack
      this week that authorities say bears al-Qaeda's stamp. In the 1980s
      and 1990s, between 300 and 600 British citizens passed through
      Afghan training camps, officials have acknowledged. Several cases
      suggest the seeding of a new generation of British residents
      traveling as volunteers to fight with the insurgency in Iraq.

      On June 15, 2002, at an Islamic community center in Milan, Italy, a
      cleric with alleged al-Qaeda ties was overheard in conversation with
      an Arab from Germany, according to a transcript of the wiretap later
      published in Italy. The Arab spoke of his 10-person cell in Germany
      and the group's ``interest'' in Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands,
      Turkey, Egypt, Italy and France. ``But the nerve center is still
      London,'' he reported.

      A refuge and hub for Middle Eastern dissidents since the 19th
      century imperial era, the city has more recently attracted Islamic
      radicals with connections to Morocco, Egypt, Syria, the Persian Gulf
      and Pakistan. London's radical fringe draws in part from the
      alienated edges of Britain's large and overwhelmingly peaceful
      Muslim immigrant population. But it has been influenced by Britain's
      ambiguous policies toward exiled radicals, a sometimes awkward blend
      of asylum offers, intelligence collection and criminal prosecution.

      Masri, for instance, received asylum from Egypt in the late 70s and
      British citizenship in 1981. He volunteered to fight in Afghanistan
      in the 1990s, then returned to Britain to preach justifications for
      violence against those he perceived to be Islam's enemies.
      Throughout, Masri met periodically with Britain's intelligence
      services and anti-terrorism police, who were investigating his
      activities. The government moved to strip him of citizenship, but
      only in late 2004 did the Crown Prosecution Service conclude it had
      enough evidence to bring criminal charges, even though some of the
      speeches it relied on had taken place years before.

      ``We're not an investigative authority. We can only review evidence
      brought to us by the police,'' said a spokesman for the prosecutors,
      explaining the delay. The official spoke on condition of anonymity
      because Masri's case is scheduled for trial soon. ``There must be a
      sufficient chance of successful conviction'' before charges will be
      filed.

      Radical Islamic exiles value London as a base in part because ``the
      legal system is quite stable and it cannot be influenced by
      politicians or by public opinion,'' said Saad Faqih, a Saudi
      dissident accused by the US Treasury Department of providing
      financial support to al-Qaeda because of his alleged role in the
      1998 purchase of a satellite phone used by bin Laden.

      Faqih said he had no connection to al-Qaeda or to violence and that
      his primary focus was the overthrow of the Saudi royal family
      through political advocacy and organizing. His British assets have
      been frozen because of the US Treasury designation, but Faqih has
      not been charged criminally in Britain. On Thursday, a previously
      unknown group calling itself the Secret Organization of al-Qaeda in
      Europe claimed responsibility for the London bombings in a posting
      on a radical Islamic Web site allegedly connected to Faqih; he
      denied running the site, a bulletin board with the Arabic name for
      fortress that was registered a week after the September 11 attacks.

      In an interview, Faqih said he tries to maintain cordial, open
      relations with the British authorities because he believes they are
      under pressure from Saudi Arabia and the United States to crack down
      on his political activities. He said he keeps up ``high-level
      contacts'' with the British intelligence services. ``I always give
      them the best I can in terms of advice'' about Saudi Arabia and
      other issues. ``The British intelligence - although they are very
      effective, they will pick you up very quickly - they will not trick
      you into making a mistake'' that could lead to criminal prosecution,
      he said.

      US intelligence officers say they respect the sophistication of
      Britain's intelligence collection among radicals in London, but some
      question whether its emphasis on monitoring, as opposed to pre-
      emptive disruption, has left the country vulnerable.

      ``I've been preaching London will get hit long before us,'' said a
      former senior US counter-terrorism official who spoke on condition
      of anonymity due to the subject's sensitivity. ``They have a
      critical mass of a group of radicals operating in an open society.''

      Al-Qaeda's London connection began in the early 1990s after Saudi
      Arabia cracked down on Islamic dissidents, including bin Laden, who
      had pressured the royal family for political reforms and protested
      its decision to invite US forces to expel Iraq from Kuwait. Dozens
      of Saudi radicals were imprisoned; some were forced or escaped into
      exile.

      Bin Laden fled to Sudan, where he nurtured his nascent multinational
      militia. But other Saudi dissidents sought out London and set up
      offices from where they peppered the Saudi kingdom with faxes
      denouncing the royal family. Bin Laden wanted to be part of this,
      and he dispatched Fawwaz to London to set up the Advice and Reform
      Committee, which began its own fax pamphleteering, with a special
      emphasis on bin Laden's ideas.

      According to Faqih, who led a rival group, bin Laden and Fawwaz
      issued 17 communiques from London between 1994 and 1996 about
      ``scattered things'' such as Saudi corruption and the need for truer
      adherence to Islamic law. After bin Laden moved to Afghanistan and
      declared war on the United States in the summer of 1996, Fawwaz
      stopped publishing, Faqih said, because he feared British criminal
      charges.

      Fawwaz set up his al-Qaeda branch in the placid North London suburb
      of Dollis Hill on a street of 1930s Tudor-style houses. Peter
      Bergen, an author who interviewed bin Laden in the spring of 1998
      with Fawwaz's assistance, recalled that Fawwaz described bin Laden
      as ``humble, charming, intelligent, a really significant wealthy
      chap,'' Bergen recounted in his book Holy War, Inc.

      After the 1998 embassy bombings, the United States used evidence of
      Fawwaz's logistical and media support for bin Laden to indict him on
      criminal charges. British police arrested him and two other bin
      Laden aides in London (nearly seven years later, Fawwaz is still in
      a high-security London prison with the fight over his extradition
      pending).

      Not all of al-Qaeda's top British operatives were rounded up then.
      Anas Liby, one of bin Laden's computer experts, continued to live in
      the northern England city of Manchester even after the United States
      demanded his extradition on charges he participated in setting up
      the bombing of the American embassy in Kenya. On May 10, 2000, the
      British police raided Liby's apartment. Liby was gone.

      Left behind on his computer was an al-Qaeda training manual that
      spelled out the organization's tradecraft in 180 pages of chilling
      detail - down to the art of killing with ``cold steel'' and the
      need, as Liby practiced, to go undercover in the West (``necessity
      permits the forbidden,'' the manual counseled, though no necessity
      could be cited to allow heresies such as drinking wine or
      fornicating).

      Although Britain had harbored many of his lieutenants, bin Laden
      made clear in a speech not long after the raid why history made the
      country an implacable enemy. ``The British are responsible for
      destroying the caliphate system. They are the ones who created the
      Palestinian problem. They are the ones who created the Kashmiri
      problem. They are the ones who put the arms embargo on the Muslims
      of Bosnia so that two million Muslims were killed. They are the ones
      who are starving the Iraqi children. And they are continuously
      dropping bombs on these innocent Iraqi children.''

      Abu Qatada, a fiery so-called "palestinian" who also preached at the
      Finsbury
      Park mosque, told a London newspaper immediately after the attacks
      of September 11: ``George Bush has no respect for the Muslim world.
      This has been designed to make sure he listens.'' Granted asylum in
      Britain from Jordan, Qatada has been convicted in absentia of
      playing a role in an al-Qaeda-linked millennium bombing plot in
      London.

      Qatada is better known as an ideologue of global holy war than an
      organizer of it. When September 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta's apartment
      in Germany was searched, authorities turned up videotapes of
      Qatada's London sermons. The British arrested Qatada in late 2002
      but he was never charged and was released in March. ``He's been
      cited as the spiritual leader by at least a half dozen terrorist
      cells,'' said Evan Kohlmann, a researcher who has written a book on
      Islamic terrorist groups in Europe.

      For al-Qaeda and its affiliates, the English capital has been
      considered an indispensable communications center. ``They looked on
      London as the premier place for propaganda in the Western world,''
      said Michael Scheuer, who headed the CIA's special bin Laden unit in
      the mid-1990s.

      Even after the arrest of al-Qaeda's London spokesman, Fawwaz, London
      remained a clearinghouse for the group's information and ideas. Just
      a few months after September 11, bin Laden's chief deputy, Egyptian
      doctor Ayman Zawahiri, published from hiding a lengthy memoir-cum-
      holy war-treatise, ``Knights Under the Prophet's Banner,'' as a 12-
      part series in the London newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat.

      The shock of September 11 brought a sharp increase in British
      arrests of Islamic militants, many with some alleged connection to
      al-Qaeda. But clerics like Qatada who worked in what Simon, the
      former counter-terrorism official, called ``the realm of
      inspiration'' have continued to preach holy war in London.
      Altogether, 700 suspects were taken into British custody under the
      counter-terrorism law between 2001 and the end of 2004. Only 17 have
      been convicted.

      Among those arrested after 2001 was Yasir Tawfiq Sirri. A slight,
      balding man who ran a group called the Islamic Observation Center,
      he was mostly known up to that point for press releases critical of
      the Egyptian government. Simon recalled meeting Sirri in a London
      hotel lobby, thinking of him as ``an allegedly retired Egyptian
      militant.'' Later in 2001, the men who killed the Afghan anti-
      Taleban leader Massoud, gained entry to his compound by claiming to
      be Arab journalists from Sirri's London group. Sirri was arrested in
      London after the September 11 attacks but was never prosecuted.

      British citizen Omar Sheikh Mohammed was arrested in 2002 in
      connection with the murder of Pearl, the journalist, in Pakistan.
      Radicalized while attending the London School of Economics, he had
      hoped to fight in Bosnia in the 1990s but ended up instead with a
      Kashmiri militant group. Mohammed was charged with organizing
      Pearl's kidnapping, but al-Qaeda's operational chief Khalid Sheikh
      Mohammed allegedly killed the American journalist.

      British-born Saajid Badat was another worshipper at Masri's Finsbury
      Park mosque who went through the Afghan camps. Badat was a would-be
      shoe bomber, who meant to blow himself up at the same time as Reid;
      he testified he changed his mind and dismantled his bomb. Convicted
      earlier this year, Badat reportedly received orders from Khalid
      Sheikh Mohammed as well.

      British authorities have broken up what they claimed were several
      cells with al-Qaeda connections. One group, arrested last year, was
      accused of storing a half-tonne of ammonium nitrate, which can be
      used in explosives, in a locker near Heathrow Airport. Another group
      was arrested in 2003 and charged with plans to use the deadly poison
      ricin in an attack - although only one man was convicted, not for
      manufacturing ricin but for killing a British officer who came to
      arrest him.

      A raid on an al-Qaeda computer expert in Pakistan in 2004 led to
      arrests of nearly a dozen men in Britain, including a Muslim convert
      of Indian origin, who were accused of doing reconnaissance financial
      targets in Britain and the United States in preparation for an
      attack.

      The portrait of those arrested suggests the diverse mosaic of
      Islamic extremists making London their home, with few of those taken
      into custody by the British since September 11 conforming to the
      original al-Qaeda profile of Saudis and Egyptians. Instead, a review
      by The Washington Post of nearly 62 cases of men arrested in London
      found the largest group - 31 - to be from North Africa, followed by
      12 British citizens and seven Pakistanis. Many were educated in
      British institutions and were middle class, though some, like
      radical clerics Masri and Qatada, collected welfare benefits.

      Until last week, whether London was a target of al-Qaeda had been a
      source of debate.

      Some experts, like Scheuer, believed bin Laden had wanted to hit the
      city since the arrest of his aide Fawwaz. Bin Laden blamed the
      arrest publicly on ``British Crusader hatred of Muslims.''

      Other analysts, such as Simon, believed that, up until 2001,
      ``Britain was regarded as too valuable a staging area'' for al-Qaeda
      to attack.

      But ever since, it has been a key target.

      One of London's radical Islamic clerics, Syrian-born, Saudi exile
      Omar Bakri Mohammed, openly spoke of the time when the city that
      gave him refuge back in 1983 would be hit. ``It's inevitable,''
      Mohammed, well known for his celebrations of the September 11
      hijackers, told a Portuguese magazine last year. Among the groups
      mobilizing for a strike was one calling itself al-Qaeda in Europe.
      It ``has a great appeal for young Muslims,'' he said. ``I know that
      they are ready to launch a big operation.''

      In Finsbury Park, a ragged and lively neighborhood of new
      immigrants, a moderate faction has taken control of the red-brick
      mosque where Masri once delivered his fire-breathing sermons. As
      worshippers arrived for prayers Friday, they passed beneath a banner
      advertising a ``Better Community Image.''

      Mohammed Nusa, 18, loitered outside, talking about the bombings and
      the backlash against Muslims he feared. That backlash, in turn, may
      help Islamic radicals, Nusa said. He adamantly rejected Masri's
      ideology but explained there are always a few among his friends who
      argue that ``if they're going to make us look like the enemy, we
      might as well be the enemy.''THE WASHINGTON POST


      http://www.thestandard.com.hk/stdn/std/Focus/GG11Dh01.html
      "He had tried to board on the anniversary" (Shoe bomber)
      "Reid boarded the flight at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on
      December 22,(2001) the day after the 13th anniversary of the blast
      that destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. He had
      tried to board the American plane the day before, on the anniversary
      itself, but was delayed by suspicious security personnel and missed
      the flight."
      "Monday, 26 June, 2000, 19:36 GMT 20:36 UK
      British Muslims join 'holy war'
      The recruits train in Kashmir, claimed by Pakistan and India
      The UK Government is being urged to investigate claims that young
      British Muslims are being trained and armed to fight abroad.
      An extremist religious organisation is believed to be targeting
      young men in cities such as London and Birmingham to fight a holy
      war (jihad) in Chechnya and Kashmir....
      Sakina's operational head is Muhammad Jameel, a British-born Muslim
      linked with the leading fundamentalists Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed
      and Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri.
      Egyptian-born Sheikh Abu Hamza runs north London's Finsbury Park
      mosque. He has lived in London for 20 years, and has a long history
      of support for Islamist causes.
      His son, Mohammed Mustafa Kamel, was among 10 British and French
      citizens jailed in Yemen for a terrorist plot last August.
      Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, judge of the Sharia Court of the UK and
      founder of the Muslim party Al-Muhajiroun, has said he wants the UK
      to become an Islamic state.
      The party holds talks on campuses, and reports say students joining
      up are later told of the possibility of engaging in military
      struggles "for the sake of Islam".
      "June 26, 2005
      70 British Muslims join Iraq fighters
      ***
      ABOUT 70 young Muslim men have left Britain to join the insurgents
      who are fighting coalition troops in Iraq, senior security sources
      have revealed.
      At least three have been killed in combat, including one whose role
      in an Iraq suicide"
      (note this article used the term suicide, we feel that homicide
      bombing is appropriate for the attacks being waged by terrorists in
      Iraq, the terrorists using such tactics in Israel against Jews would
      most appropriately be called genocide bombers, continuing the
      Holocaust)
      article continues:
      " bombing in February was disclosed by police only last week.
      The growing problem of militants"
      (note, this article used the term militants,we feel that anyone
      engage in homicide bombings is not a militant, but a terrorist and
      should be called such)
      article continues:
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