Mohammad Merah and his brother were also both known to the French authorities as members of the radical group, Forsane Alizza, ["The Knights of Pride"], a radical organization associated with the fundamentalist groups Sharia4UK and Sharia4Belgium, indicating that Merah was probably right when said his attacks were “only the beginning.”
In the wake of Mohammad Merah’s killing spree, French intelligence authorities have come under fire for failing to detect such active Islamists who had been to Pakistan and Afghanistan and other training centers. Further, Merah was a suspect in the first murder of a French soldier days before he went on to butcher Jewish children. Nevertheless he was not detained, or even questioned.
The question is, were these oversights a mere intelligence failure which even the best of intelligence entities might encounter? Or was the fact that Mohammad Merah was a Muslim a major factor in causing French authorities to hesitate in pointing a finger at him? Is the world reluctant to point the finger at Islamic terrorism and Islamist fundamentalist in Europe simply because to some it might seem politically incorrect? Should we come to accept that the followers of one particular religion get a free pass? When Mohammad Merah started his attacks by killing three French soldiers who were also Muslims, the French authorities suspected three other former French soldiers who had been dishonorably discharged because of their affiliation with neo-Nazi groups.
Far-right French presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, commenting on the massacre, said, “Entire districts are in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists and the danger is underestimated.” She is right about the threat of Islamists in Europe being underestimated, especially when entire British towns are becoming Islamic fundamentalist strongholds.
Europe would do well to start calling things as they are; start recognizing that Islamist ideology is spreading throughout Europe and is a threat to the European way of life; start acknowledging that many Muslims in Europe are failing to integrate into or accept their adopted countries, and that anti-Semitism is still a problem in Europe today.
Originally published by Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org
About the Author: Mudar Zahran is a Palestinian writer and academic from Jordan, who now resides in the UK as a political refugee.
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