They declined to specify the men’s nationalities, and no mention was made of religion. Meanwhile Arsalan Iftikhar of CAIR (who once refused to debate me on a radio show; Arsalan, I’m still ready when you are) says that by focusing on “Islamist terrorism,” we’re missing out on the real threat, from guys like Eric Rudolph. All right. I still haven’t found this global movement of Christian terrorists, but I’ll keep looking — although even if it did exist, it wouldn’t mean that Islamic terrorism doesn’t, or is somehow excusable. That seems to be a hidden assumption of many who echo Iftikhar’s views, and I find it exceedingly strange. Anyway, how many of the thirteen arrested in London do you think are Methodists? From AP:
LONDON – Police conducted anti-terrorism raids in London and several towns Tuesday, arresting 13 people believed involved in preparing terrorist acts.
London’s Metropolitan Police said the afternoon and evening arrests were “part of a pre-planned, ongoing intelligence-led operation.”
The men were detained “on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism,” the police statement said, without elaborating.
The arrests were in northwest London, the suburban area of Bedfordshire, the town of Luton in the Hertfordshire area just outside the capital, and the town of Blackburn, in the northernwestern region of Lancashire.
The suspects, who are all in their 20s and 30s, will be brought to a central London police station for questioning by anti-terrorism officers, police said. They declined to specify the men’s nationalities.
Police said the investigation leading to the arrests had been underway for some time and did not say whether they were linked to the terror threats disclosed by American authorities Sunday to financial industry buildings in New York, Washington D.C., and Newark, N.J.