CBS News says that intelligence sources believe the doctors who were behind the recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom were recruited by Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, the current head of al Qaeda in Iraq, at the express direction of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The recruitment of physicians was not accidental, according to this report; Zarqawi knew that they could immigrate easily into Great Britain.
At least six physicians have now been implicated in the U.K. bomb plots, a fact that has occasioned some surprise and comment. In fact, there is no reason to be surprised that doctors can be terrorists. Virtually all movements, good and bad, are led by educated, intelligent men. Lenin was a lawyer, and Pol Pot attended the Sorbonne. Doctors are no more immune to the virus of fanaticism than anyone else, as the example of Zawahiri shows.
I do think that, compared to some other extremist movements, not just the leadership but the rank and file of the Islamic jihadists contains a high proportion of educated, prosperous men. So far, this hasn’t deterred our media, all too often, from falling into the lazy assumption that Islamofascism must be a movement of the poor, the dispossessed and the discriminated against.
Via Power Line News.
PAUL adds: At the Corner, Mark Steyn, Iain Murray, and Stanley Kurtz make note of the high percentage of non-British doctors practicing in England under the NHS. Socialized medicine, it seems, tends to chase British doctors into other careers or other countries.
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