Friday, September 01, 2006

Terror Attack Thwarted

Moroccan authorities arrested 56 terrorists in connection with a thwarted terror plot:

The sweep was the latest by Morocco's government in an anti-terror campaign that began after the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. and intensified following 2003 suicide bombings that killed 45 people in Casablanca and stunned this predominantly moderate Muslim nation.
There is a point made in the article I'd like to emphasize; namely, that Islamic extremism is gaining traction. The Canadian terrorists, the guys in Florida, the thwarted London bombers -- all middle class folks.
...Darif said the women's alleged involvement was a significant development, a sign that the appeal of Islamic extremism is broadening in Morocco.

Islamic extremists here are often labeled poor illiterates, he said, adding that Sidi Moumen — the Casablanca slum where many of the 2003 bombers grew up — "has become the symbol of terrorism."

"But we're only talking about those who carry out attacks. We're forgetting the other elements of terrorism — above all the level of planning," Darif said.