Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Observer's Rachel Cooke re Generation Jihad: "I think we have a problem on our hands"

Yes Rachel, I think you might be right.

From Tim Blair:

A couple of things about the BBC’s excellent Generation Jihad investigation: one, baby jihadis born and raised in the West are driven entirely by ideology (says one British extremist, previously jailed for terrorism offences: “I’ve never been a victim of poverty or any kind of family break-up or anything like that").

And two, these jihadis are a serious menace, despite – paradoxically – being complete losers.

UPDATE. The program – broadcast locally on SBS – reviewed by The Observer‘s Rachel Cooke:
I found the motivation of these men impossible to understand. They were middle-class; they had loving parents; they had money and mobile phones …
I thought back to the first part of the series, to the two cocky young men in their nylon tracksuits and flashy trainers, newly released from prison. [BBC journalist Peter] Taylor asked them how their communities had welcomed them back. Cue wide smiles all round. The food, the presents! The money, the visitors! No one thought that they were terrorists, or anything like terrorists. It was more a case of: “Hail the conquering heroes!” I think we have a problem on our hands.

Yes, we do. The second episode begins here.

UPDATE II. An example, via Mark Steyn, of the type of society favoured by these junior jihadists.

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