Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Terror on Campus

by Candace de Russy from National Review

"Radicalization in the West and the Homegrown Threat," a 90-page report published in August by the NYPD’s Intelligence Division, pulled no punches in pointing to a jihadi-Salafi subculture within New York City, including within its university population ... In addition, the report is unsparing in its condemnation of the Saudis’ provision of such "radical literature" — no doubt the reason why various Saudi-funded U.S. groups, notably the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, vociferously denounced it. The study does not, however, elaborate on the Saudi connection to the Muslim Student Association (MSA). According to Stephen Schwartz, executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, this "octopus-like" web of groups is a key lobbying organization for Saudi Wahhabism, with strong ties to the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, one of the vehicles via which the Saudi government funds Islamic radicalism and international terrorism.

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