The world with which the London bombers identify is neither their parents’ culture nor that of their home countries. This tertium quid they have devised, this generational chasm, is one of the reasons the perpetrators of 7/7 could make their plans in the midst of their families with no one the wiser. The parents, stunned, simply call it brainwashing. If only it were that simple. Here’s the profile — what they are, what they are not — taken from Homegrown Terror:
**These are young people who have broken mentally with their backgrounds, even if they are often relatively well integrated in social and economic terms.
**Contemporary terrorists are jihadists, since they have opted from the outset for armed struggle – a struggle that has taken over the targets of the far left in the 1970s, such as US imperialism.
**[They are] both Salafist and jihadist. Salafists seek to purge Islam of all outside influences, starting with the cultures and traditions of Muslim societies, and restore it to the letter of the Qur’an and the tradition of the Prophet.Salafism is fundamentally opposed to all cultural or national forms of Islam.
**These radicals are not fighting for a specific national cause. They are part of the contemporary global jihad: Bosnia, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kashmir and now Iraq.
**Their enemy is the US and the West in general. They are not fighting to establish an Islamic state in Iraq or Palestine.
**They are not concerned with solidarity networks or fundraising; nor are they involved in the conflicts and practical problems of Muslim populations in Europe.
**None of them is known to have been active in Muslim trade union, political or communal organisations.
**Those who have attended mosques have often done so under the patronage of fundamentalist organisations, such as Jama’at ut-Tabligh, which do not advocate political action.
** The young second-generation Muslims radicalised in the run-down suburbs and inner-city slums of Europe are motivated by their own situation, not Iraq. They have not been sent to fight somewhere: they fight where they live and where most of them were born.
These are different boys than we thought. This second-generation of al-Qaida has global intetions. Their vision of The New World Order is not atttached to anything we have share. These new warriors are not tied to love of a people, a place, or the desire for freedom. Above all that, these are Salafi jihadists. It would be hard to say which part of that term is primary.
The the rest of us are from Mars and Venus, preaching either the need for war or for love as a response to aggression. These boys are from Pluto, the farthest planet (usually) in the solar system. Pluto was the god of Hades and he is who they worship, whether they know it or not. Their belief is a logical extension of Marxism, caricatured and twisted into a cruel post-modern posture that only a deconstructionist could love.
What grotesquery Marx foisted on the world. And now, London, where he concocted his theories, is merely the latest victim of his diabolical ideas. Most certainly it is not the last.