Update: Since this post went up, investigators in the UK are now reporting that three doctors are among the suspects in the terror plots.
The biggest story from the latest arrests in London and Glasgow is the arrest of two doctors, one from Jordan, that do not meet the old sociological profile of terrorist tendencies in alienated Mideastern youth who suffer from poverty or unemployment. If this new trend holds, and is simply not a deviant example particular to this latest case, then a tendency towards terrorist sympathies is growing among the larger Mideastern population in the UK.
Unlike the U.S., where Mideastern immigrants, students and guest workers seem better integrated into American society, the society in the UK leaves more room for a separatist and parallel culture of Muslims who can feel more alienation and less connection as a full member of society in the UK. It is certainly easy for many young Muslims to arrive in London, and instead of landing a job, fall into poverty and alienation. But for respected medical doctors such as a specialist in neurology to participate in a terrorist incident is an entirely new phenomenon.
Can such a growing sense of Muslim alienation and radicalism spread to the U.S. and spur a new generation of Al Qaeda wannabes? Maybe. Perhaps Al Qaeda as an organization does not really have the logistic ability to stage frequent attacks on American soil, and must take years to plan spectacular events, as greatly improved American security crafted under a bipartisan congress since 9/11 helped to blunt many possible planned terrorist incidents. But this leaves a vacuum where alienated Muslim extremists who feel some separation from a full integration into American society could stage more amateurish terrorist incidents such as in London and Glasgow.
Amateurish terrorists fortunately seem to lack the lethal know-how to stage large scale incidents or more build more "successful" devices such as bombs. But if more educated Muslim radicals begin to flourish who don't feel a real integration into American society and empathy for human life, then they could present a real danger by using communication with more "successful" worldwide terrorist organizations to improve their tactics.
Unfortunately those that claim that Bush Administration has been 100% percent successful in containing domestic terrorist incidents don't seem to understand that the nature of the recruiting pool for terrorism continues to flux and evolve. Just like sports, where you are only as good as your last game, a government is only as good as the last terrorist incident it could contain. The American public at all levels must remain aware, especially when a high profile event such as the Iraq War serves only to fuel anger and alienation among some Muslims and act as an open invitation for some of them to act out on their frustrations and anger at the Western World.
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