Thursday, June 01, 2006

Do gyms breed terrorists? By Brendan?O'Neill


Do gyms breed terrorists? By Brendan?O'Neill: "Killer Workout
Are gyms, not mosques, the main breeding ground for Islamic terrorists?
By Brendan O'Neill
Posted Thursday, June 1, 2006, at 12:20 PM ET

There have been three major terror attacks in the West over the past five years?9/11, the 2004 train bombings in Madrid, and the 7/7 suicide attacks on the London Underground. For all the talk of a radical Islamist conspiracy to topple Western civilization, there are many differences between the men who executed these attacks. The ringleaders of 9/11 were middle-class students; the organizers of the Madrid bombings were mainly immigrants from North Africa; the 7/7 bombers were British citizens, well-liked and respected in their local communities. And interpretations of Islam also varied wildly from one terror cell to another. Mohamed Atta embraced a mystical (and pretty much made-up) version of Islam. For the Madrid attackers, Islam was a kind of comfort blanket. The men behind 7/7 were into community-based Islam, which emphasized being good and resisting a life of decadence."


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