Belgian Export: Suicide Bombers
From the desk of Paul Belien on Wed, 2005-11-30 21:37
The first Western suicide bomber is a Belgian woman. How come we are not surprised? Because Brussels has long been known to be a Jihadist hub.
On 9 November, 38-year old Belgian Muriel Degauque blew herself to pieces in Baghdad near a group of Iraqi policemen, killing five other people. The woman had converted to Islam after marrying a Belgian of Moroccon origin. Her husband was shot down by American troops. The American authorities informed the Belgian authorities of the woman’s identity a few weeks ago, but Brussels kept it secret. Yesterday evening the Franco-Luxemburgian network RTL announced the news.
Last night, the Belgian police arrested 14 people. Nine of them are Belgians, mostly of foreign origin, three are Moroccans and two are Tunisians. They are said to belong to the same network as the woman suicide bomber. Today a 27-year old man was arrested in Paris. He is suspected of belonging to a group that takes Jihadists from Belgium to Iraq.
In July 2002 I wrote a piece in the British weekly The Spectator, warning that Belgium has become a major recruiting base for al-Qa’eda. In June 2002 Mrs Godelieve Timmermans, the head of the Sûreté de l'Etat, the Belgian secret service, resigned after an official investigation requested by the Belgian Parliament concluded that the Sûreté had adopted a passive attitude towards Muslim extremists because it had found no indications that the terrorists would attack Belgian targets, and also because the Sûreté did not want to discredit certain corrupt Belgian authorities or politicians for fear that these might attribute to the secret service “a racist or xenophobic attitude towards immigrants or Muslims.”
The investigation followed the murder of the Afghan general Ahmad Shah Massoud. He was killed by two suicide bombers carrying Belgian passports on 9 September 2001, two days before the 9/11 attacks. The murder, intended as ‘a gift’ to Osama bin Laden, had been planned by Tarek Maaroufi, a Tunisian-born Belgian citizen and one of the leading al-Qa'eda agents in Europe.
Twice, in 1992 and 1996, the Tunisian government had asked the Belgian government to extradite Maaroufi because Tunis suspected him of being a member of a Tunisian terror group. As Maaroufi had become a Belgian citizen, Brussels turned both requests down. Maaroufi was also a member of the Algerian terror group GIA. In March 1995, when the Belgian authorities arrested 12 GIA members suspected of planning terror assaults in Europe, Maaroufi was one of them. However, the 12 were all set free. The unwillingness of the Belgian authorities to effectively imprison some of the most dangerous terrorists prompted Charles Pasqua, the then French interior minister, to criticise Belgium for its lack of resolve in the fight against international Islamic terrorism. France had been a main target of GIA attacks, including the bombing of the Saint-Michel Metro station in Paris on 25 July 1995, which killed seven people and wounded 117.
The Belgian government had made a deal with the GIA terrorists, agreeing to turn a blind eye to conspiracies hatched on Belgian soil in exchange for immunity from attack. In a GIA statement, addressing the Belgian King Albert II but posted to the French embassy in Brussels in June 1999, the Algerian terror movement explicitly referred to such a deal. Because of its ‘neutralist’ position, Belgium became known as a safe haven for terrorists.
The inquiry of the Belgian parliamentary commission into the Sûreté de l'Etat revealed that it had allowed the Belgian Muslim community – numbering over 350,000 members, including more than 200,000 Moroccans, almost 100,000 Turks and 13,000 Algerians – to become heavily infiltrated by fundamentalist extremists. Thirty of Belgium's 300 mosques, the report said, are run by fundamentalist clerics. Candidates for the Jihad are being recruited among Muslims in schools, prisons, hospitals and sports centres. The report warned that the fundamentalist Muslims are creating a religious state within the Belgian state.
Mrs Timmermans resigned as head of the Sûreté de l'Etat because she said that the state security service was powerless to do anything about the spread of Islamic fundamentalism. The report admitted that the Sûreté has been understaffed for over a decade, that it does not receive adequate funding, and that many retiring officers are not being replaced. The situation has improved a little since 2002. Last year, Maaroufi was convicted to 7 years' imprisonment by a Brussels court. But apparently Belgium still has many Jihadists plotting within its borders.
the worst belgian was king
Submitted by sdfsdggdrf@ (not verified) on Sat, 2006-01-07 14:36.
the worst belgian was king leopold, this evil kiong caused teh deatsh of 27million colngolese, and a million in car and uganda via disease his colony caused, and a million in french congo, as he made them do his way of colonuialism, in congo, owning most of the shares in teh companiesthere, for this teh evil belguian kings should quit,
How many Congolese people
Submitted by Brigands on Tue, 2006-01-10 12:29.
How many Congolese people where there under Leopold?
First of Many Yet to Come
Submitted by Thomas the Wraith (not verified) on Sun, 2005-12-04 04:59.
Muriel may be the first Western, ethnically European suicide bomber but she will not be the only. In 5 years this will have become so common that we no longer keep count.
We were all shocked by the filmed beheading of Daniel Pearl 4 years ago. Now beheading videos don't make headlines. Who among us even knows how many Westerners have been beheaded by jihadists? What was once stunning and noteworthy passes into routine. A variation on the banality of evil.
I fear that this pattern of 'broken taboo becomes commonplace' will continue. Today's unspeakable horrors are front page news. Next week they are cliches, on page B7 next to a car ad.
What shocks you? Imagine something so terrible that it could never become 'standard', could never become a more or less expected event. Now try to prepare yourself psychologically for its occurrence and re-occurrence. Again and again until it is simply another feature of the world.
And the story goes around the
Submitted by Nicolas Raemdonck on Fri, 2005-12-02 11:46.
And the story goes around the globe:
corrupt Belgian authorities or politicians
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2005-12-01 10:59.
" ...also because the Sûreté did not want to discredit certain corrupt Belgian authorities or politicians for fear that these might attribute to the secret service “a racist or xenophobic attitude towards immigrants or Muslims". ... "
Our country as been sold out by ‘corrupt Belgian authorities or politicians’ to Islamo-fascists. It is clear that those ‘entities’ are using the same tactics on the largest Flemish political party/segment.
Referring to recent Belgian news reports, I guess it isn’t too hard to make the additions.
The sidelines are really getting crowed in this country.
Submitted by Eddy (not verified) on Thu, 2005-12-01 04:23.
But, but, but, I'm totally confused here...
Isn't the real danger coming from the Flemish Block and the right wing nationalists??? Isn't that what the press tells us (and how can they be so wrong)? Isn't that what the "sureté" has been focusing on all these years? Totally confused, I am... :-)
Surely, Paul, if you weren't an enemy of the Belgian establishment before, you surely will be one now!!
Well, it didnt come as a
Submitted by Brigands on Wed, 2005-11-30 22:00.
Well, it didnt come as a surprise did it?
Warning flags have been going up for years; certainly in Brussels.
There is just no political guts to act.
Unless it is to protect society from certain political elements which could blow up the peacefull terrorist recruiting multicultural society.
Am I dreaming or is there
Submitted by Joy on Wed, 2005-11-30 23:17.
Am I dreaming or is there really written :
'The Belgian government had made a deal with the GIA terrorists' ??!!
If this is true our maffia government is doing some really dangerous business...
I suppose they'll tell us it's safer for their 10 million inhabitants to be 'on the right side' when it comes to terrorism.