Stan in Persian language means land/country. Almost all the Muslim countries of Central Asia have the word Stan in the suffix of their name. So are the names of provinces inhabited by ethnic groups such as Kurdistan, Baluchistan, Khujistan etc’.
During the 1990s’ and the early 21th century a large number of radical Muslims began to gather in London. The first were Egyptians, who fled Egypt after the assassination of Anwar Saadat, on 10/06/1981. Many of them, such as Yasser el Sirri or Abu Hamza al Masri, arrived to UK after fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan and were, therefore, welcomed in the UK. They were considered heroes and models for the young Muslims in Britain.
In the early 1990s’ refugees from the civil war in Algeria, from the Palestinian first Intifada (uprising), from Chechnya and from the battle fields of Bosnia joined the large Muslim Community of Jihadists in London – some of them committed outrageous crimes in their home countries and almost all of them were wanted by their authorities.
The UK adopted an attitude that since all those countries are not Western Democracies, the Islamic refugees could not face a fair trial but be tortured and executed so they should not be extradited to their countries. But the UK authorities did not make any effort, somehow, to monitor their movements, to condition their stay in UK or to limit their social circle. In fact hundreds of the most dangerous terrorists in the world got acquainted to each other in Londonistan, formed a network of connections, raised money and recruited volunteers to commit atrocities somewhere in the world. It took about 10 years and the London 7/7, in 2005, attack to convince the British authorities to extradite Rashid Ramda to France to face trial over the 1995-bombings.
The crucible of terror in Londonistan raised new recruits through the Finsbury Park Mosque. Over 20 international Islamic terrorists were recruited through the Mosque since the late 1990s’, such as Zacarias Moussaoui and Richard Reid.
The radical Islamists in Londonistan formed a radical group of their own – Al-Muhajiroun, led by the Syrian Omar Bakri Muhammad, who recruited the Mikes Place bombers. Islamic preachers like Sheik Abdullah el-Faisal spread hate toward the Western Society and especially against Jews and called for Jihad, openly and freely, using the right of free speech.
On 06/24/2002, when the suicide attacks against Israel were at their peak, killing about 50 Israelis a month, Sherry Blair, the wife of then UK PM Tony Blair, said, “I can understand suicide bombers, if my existence were as hopeless as theirs, I would be tempted to blow myself up too”. No one of the four British citizens and suicide bombers of the London 7/7 or the two British citizens who tried to blow themselves in Mike’s Place, Tel Aviv, on 04/30/2003, matched Sherry Blair’s description. Her words reflected the political atmosphere in the highest level of the British society.
All the mentioned above is just a sample of the Jihadi activity in Londonistan prior to the London 7/7 attack. Despite The 9/11 and the Madrid Trains Bombing, UK needed the wake up call to encounter terror as their own problem too.
Only as late as 10/10/2005, three months after the London 7/7, the UK finally outlawed 15 of the most heinous terror groups, which operated, four years after The 9/11, completely legally in Great Britain, collected money and recruited volunteers to commit bloody terror attacks somewhere in the world but not in UK (see – Banned in U.K).
In 2006 a British columnist Melanie Phillips published a book – Londonistan. In it Melanie Phillips claims that radical Islamism has established London as a base of operations, blaming what she sees as the broader failures of multiculturalism, cultural relativism and appeasement in the UK.
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