What's the U.S. Olympic Team Doing at Jihad U?
I really did think it was an April Fools joke. The American 2012 Olympics contingent -- a group estimated at one thousand people and clearly a terror target -- will be lodged at the jihadi-friendly University of East London.
Before putting pen to paper, I decided to check my facts regarding the university and to see if my knee-jerk reaction was a needless form of hysteria, the kind of over-the-top terrorist fear of which Americans are accused by liberal Europeans and Britons. In fact, Britons who express fear about the proliferation of extremist Muslim groups handing out incendiary leaflets on our streets are more often than not branded Islamophobes by the media, by employers, by their local politicians, and even by shop assistants.
So I went into research mode and was able to acquire valuable background information from the excellent Center for Social Cohesion headed by the brave Douglas Murray.
In October 2002, at an “Islamic Fair” at the University of East London, Omar Khyam -- mastermind of the terrifying fertilizer bomb plot in which several large British targets were to be blown to smithereens with mass casualties -- met Anthony Garcia, a fellow member of the cell. Garcia, according to Center for Social Cohesion member Robin Simcox, had participated in a screening by the university’s Islamic Society of radical videos showing alleged atrocities in Kashmir.
Uthman Lateef, also known as Abu Mujahid, was recorded at a December 12, 2007, event telling his enthusiastic followers:
When you accept something from an alien or foreign tradition that is not from the core religion, down the line, decades, centuries, millennia after that, you’re going to get a very rotten apple.
This may seem harmless enough, but the agenda is as follows: go to a Western country, impose your religious beliefs on the majority, and if they do not accept your beliefs use any means necessary to enforce conversion.
The above-mentioned Douglas Murray tried to stage an intelligent debate with Anjam Choudary, former head of the now-banned al-Muhajiroun, only to have the proceedings canceled because Choudary’s supporters tried to separate men and women attending the event in the historic Conway Hall. Choudary then went outside and declared that Sharia law would one day prevail in Britain. It is in this tradition that Abu Mujahid addressed his followers at the University of East London.