Skip to comments.Euro mayors try to keep youths from going to Syria (Boston, Kerry)
Posted on 04/29/2013 9:13:41 PM PDT by haffast
MECHELEN, Belgium (AP) From his city hall under Belgium's most imposing cathedral, Mayor Bart Somers is wracking his brains trying to figure out how to keep young Muslims from going to fight "holy war" in Syria against the Assad regime.
Through much of western Europe, scores of Islamic youths have heeded the call to take up arms for a cause that is only a few hours away by plane. The phenomenon has alarmed authorities amid signs that the insurgency is becoming increasingly radicalized, with strong infiltration by al-Qaida. European authorities see a double danger, one that's summed up by Somers who describes the youths as "cannon fodder" in Syria and potential "full-blown terrorists" if they make it back home alive.
But it all raises a conundrum: In a free society, how can you prevent these young people from packing up and leaving?
"The major challenge of each democrat is to see what we can do in the fight against fundamentalism without sacrificing our own democratic laws," said Somers. "Otherwise we play into the hands of the terrorists."
That dilemma was again put to the test two weeks ago when Belgian authorities organized a major anti-terror sweep seeking to weed out agitators inciting young Muslims to fight against the Assad regime. In a high-profile raid of four dozen homes, police put six people behind bars, raising criticism among some that they had overstepped their bounds by infringing on freedom of speech.
In the Brussels municipality of Schaarbeek, the mayor even banned a soup kitchen for the needy, among them young Muslims, fearful that the charity workers were inciting youths to fight in Syria. The action came after two Muslim schoolboys disappeared, apparently to Syria departures that Mayor Bernard Clerfayt linked to soup kitchen recruitment.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after a meeting with his Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders, that "we just had a young person who went to Russia and Chechnya who blew people up in Boston. So he didn't stay where he went, but he learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people.".
Let them go, just don’t let them come back.
“How you gonna keep ‘em on the Eurotrash dole, once they’ve heard the call of Jihad?”
"So long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people - greedy, barbarous, and cruel..."
In real life they sodomized that pathetic little weasel.
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QAEDA ALLY VS. ASSAD
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Now soak that in. Just soak that in Ladies and Germs. The NYT is saying that we backed, and are still backing Al Qaeda, but are left with "little influence". My, my.
I think he died in a motorcycle accident in England.
WTF? This is a perfect opportunity. Let them go, do not let them return!
Yep. A free society will let them go, but has no obligation to take them back.
I still cannot see what the electorate of the Commonwealth ever saw in this vacuous blowhard. The embarrassments of this administration never stop.
The movie was crap... the real story is quite different...
T.E. Lawrence drove the Turks out for good reasons, the Arabs would have never done it on their own...
Now, the idiots in N.A.T.O. want to let them back in?
Encourage them to leave. Just make it clear it’s strictly one way.
Don’t let them back, and send their families with them when they leave.
In real life he loved it.
“Let them go, just dont let them come back.”
My solution also.