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Jason Holliston
Thursday, February 26, 2004  
European al Qaeda?

If this is true, it's probably one of the most scary things I've heard of in a long time:

According to French counter-intelligence, al Qaeda has recruited in France alone between 35,000 and 45,000 men and is organizing them into military-style units. They meet regularly for training in the use of weapons and explosives, combat tactics and indoctrination and are controlled from local and district command centers under the organization's national French command.

In Germany, Al Qaeda has recruited 25,000 to 30,000 men. The British domestic intelligence agency MI5 estimates 10,000 faithful have joined up in Britain, providing Blunkett with more than ample cause for concern.

The article states that many of the new inductees are native Europeans, not Islamic immigrants. If these numbers are even close to reality, Europe (and by extension, we) have a serious problem that is bound to blow up in our faces in a spectacular way -- sooner, rather than later.

I have this feeling of dread that comes over me once in a while -- anyone who thinks 9/11 was as bad as it's going to get is going to get a big surprise. Most of the time I'm confident in our President, our military, and yes, even our intelligence. After reading this, I feel like I'm just fooling myself, though, and it's only 2 weeks after Pearl Harbor in 1941. We have a long, long way to go, and the continued existence of Western Civilization is the prize.

Thanks to Little Green Footballs for the head's up.

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