Friday, July 06, 2007

War on terror comes to Cambridge

In the investigation of the attempted car bombings in London and the almost successful car bombing in Glasgow, the focus has now been turned to Cambridge. Out of 4 people arrested so far, 4 have connections here. Of the two people arrested in Glasgow, one was a research student in Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and the other one his "best mate".

The focus of the investigation is the Abu Bakr Siddiq Mosque, off Mill Road. One of the big questions has been when and how did these people get to be so radical, hateful and extreme in their opinions that they started plotting these attacks? In general, the finger often points to either Islamic schools or mosques, and the imams who brainwash people and spread hatred etc.

I took a look at the mosque website - it gives an idea of what sort of a radical institution it is. They co-organise lectures with the university, in different colleges. They seem to have swimming and karate clubs, also for kids and women. I really loved the fact that on the mosque open day they had body mass index measuring and face painting for kids.

There's a rainbow of colours between the black and white extremes.

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