A stabbing attack Saturday night at a London Underground station is being treated as a terror attack, Agence France-Presse reported on Sunday.
An amateur video of the attack showed a man talking with passersby before attacking them. Three people were stabbed, one of whom was seriously injured. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening. The attacker was tasered by police and taken into custody. Witnesses reportedly heard the stabber shout “this is for Syria.”
“We are treating this as a terrorist incident,” said Richard Walton, chief of Britain’s Counter-Terrorism Command. Britain’s terror alert level has been “severe” since August 2014, meaning that a terror attack is considered highly likely.
Last week, a couple with reported ties to international terror figures opened fire in a social services facility in San Bernardino, California killing 14 people. It has been revealed that the wife swore allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during the attack. 130 people were killed when ISIS-linked terrorists struck at several locations in Paris last month.
In To Save Itself After Paris, Europe Must First Rediscover Itself, which was published in the December 2015 issue of The Tower Magazine, James Bloodworth observed that in Britain, radicalization of Muslims has been taking place more in universities than in mosques.
Take Britain, which has been spared a major terrorist atrocity for over a decade now. Around 800 British citizens have so far traveled to Syria and Iraq to wage jihad. Half of them have reportedly come back to Britain. Thus the importance of working with Muslim reformers to stem the tide of further radicalization cannot be over-stated. There is already, in Western universities, an organized movement—aided and abetted by a new generation of useful idiots—successfully propagating jihadist politics. Adam Deen, a former non-violent Islamist in Britain who recently joined the anti-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, has written that it is at British universities, rather than in British mosques, where radicalization is overwhelmingly taking place:
Often mosques are considered hotbeds for extremism, but this is inaccurate. Mosques are run by a generation who are in most cases out of touch with the youth. It’s at universities where the exposure to intolerant and unethical theological ideas happens….The sole focus is on the Other, namely the West and non-Muslims. For example, an event in Bedford entitled “Quiz a Muslim” (held, by an unfortunate coincidence, on the day of the Paris attacks) consisted entirely of Wahhabi and Islamist speakers who appear regularly on university campuses.
A non-violent example of this radicalization occurred last week when Muslim students disrupted a lecture by a secular human rights advocate at Goldsmiths University.
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