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Euro mayors try to keep youths from going to Syria (Boston, Kerry)
Associated Press ^ | 4-29-2013 | RAF CASERT

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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: islam; kerry; muslims; waronterror
We have got to protect our Muslims from Muslims! Tell 'em what'll happen Kerry:

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.".

Imagine that.

1 posted on 04/29/2013 9:13:41 PM PDT by haffast
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To: haffast

Let them go, just don’t let them come back.


2 posted on 04/29/2013 9:15:33 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: haffast

“How you gonna keep ‘em on the Eurotrash dole, once they’ve heard the call of Jihad?”


3 posted on 04/29/2013 9:20:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

"So long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people - greedy, barbarous, and cruel..."

4 posted on 04/29/2013 9:39:24 PM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: CMB_polarization

In real life they sodomized that pathetic little weasel.


5 posted on 04/29/2013 9:41:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: haffast
Sunday NYT column headline:

ISLAMIST REBELS
CREATE DILEMMA
ON SYRIA POLICY
_________________
QAEDA ALLY VS. ASSAD
_________________
Lack of Secular Fighters
Leaves the U.S. With
Little Influence

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.

6 posted on 04/29/2013 9:44:19 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was forced to sit through that movie in high school. By the end of it I had concluded he was a dimwit, socialogically, if the story was accurate.


7 posted on 04/29/2013 9:45:07 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

I think he died in a motorcycle accident in England.


8 posted on 04/29/2013 10:00:38 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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WTF? This is a perfect opportunity. Let them go, do not let them return!


9 posted on 04/29/2013 10:00:40 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Yep. A free society will let them go, but has no obligation to take them back.


10 posted on 04/29/2013 10:01:25 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: haffast

I still cannot see what the electorate of the Commonwealth ever saw in this vacuous blowhard. The embarrassments of this administration never stop.


11 posted on 04/29/2013 11:43:07 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Amberdawn

yes


12 posted on 04/30/2013 12:58:09 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

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?


13 posted on 04/30/2013 1:04:24 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Vince Ferrer

Exactly.
Encourage them to leave. Just make it clear it’s strictly one way.


14 posted on 04/30/2013 2:40:47 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Vince Ferrer

Amen Brother.

Don’t let them back, and send their families with them when they leave.


15 posted on 04/30/2013 4:03:05 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In real life he loved it.


16 posted on 04/30/2013 4:03:59 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Vince Ferrer

“Let them go, just don’t let them come back.”

My solution also.


17 posted on 04/30/2013 5:08:44 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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