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British Christmas Special: Exporting Suicide Bombers

6:35 AM, Dec 15, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Douglas Murray writes in the Wall Street Journal:

It's that time of the year again. And alongside the familiar traditions of carols, tinsel and unwanted gifts, comes a new tradition: Somewhere in the world a Muslim radicalized in Britain will try to blow up innocent men, women and children in a suicide mission.

That appears to have been the case of Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly. Authorities believe the Iraqi-born Swede gained his extremist views while at university in Luton, England, before he headed to Stockholm and allegedly detonated the bombs that killed himself and injured two Christmas shoppers last Saturday. Sound familiar?

On Dec. 22, 2001, a British man named Richard Reid tried to bring down a commercial flight from Paris to Miami with bombs placed in his shoes. On Christmas Day the year before, a British man of Pakistani origin, Bilal Ahmed, is believed to have rung in the festive season by killing himself and several others in Kashmir with a bomb. And last year, while most British families were eating their turkey, Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, formerly of University College London, allegedly tried to blow up a plane over Detroit with an explosive device concealed in his underpants....

It's a story that is becoming as familiar as the traditional nativity: Ordinary young man goes to Britain, most likely to study, and comes out an Islamic extremist. If you had told Britons 20 years ago that this sort of thing was going to become routine in the 21st century, they would have laughed at you. But Britain is no longer the country it was.

Whole thing here.

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