PORTSTEWART, NORTHERN IRELAND -The words heard most often by political leaders, commentators and citizens in the aftermath of the London terrorist bombings were "shocked, but not surprised."
No one should have been surprised because Britain, like the United States, has created a welcoming atmosphere for terrorists and allowed them the fertile soil they need to grow and carry out their murderous acts among us. Just as a lifelong smoker should not be surprised when he is diagnosed with lung cancer, neither should Britain and America be surprised when people who refuse to adopt Western notions of pluralism, tolerance and individual liberty kill and maim innocent people they and their religious masters label "Zionists and crusaders."
In Britain, proposed "hate crimes" laws have sought to forbid even the few clergy still preaching anything worth listening to from saying homosexuality is a sin. No such laws have been proposed to stop radical Islamic Imams from preaching hatred of Jews, Christians and Western values. Leftist lawyers eagerly defend the radicals. They are more concerned about the treatment of killers at Guantanamo Bay and the "atrocities" performed on Abu Ghraib prisoners, who would kill us if they had the chance, than the seething masses eager to strap a bomb to their bodies and end their worthless lives while killing "infidels."
The pattern should be familiar by now. A terrorist act is committed. Western leaders condemn it in the "strongest possible terms." Pledges are made that the killers will not achieve their goals and that our way of life will continue. Muslim leaders issue statements condemning the killing of "innocents." To them, though, innocents are people who are not "Zionists and crusaders," so the sincerity of the condemnation is suspect.
The Times interviewed two young Muslim men in East London, a neighborhood with a large Muslim population. Kadar Duale, 19, said he didn't believe the London bombings were carried out by al-Qaeda, but by "someone more powerful, like the Israelis." Such thinking is not isolated among a few radicals.