Friday, July 29, 2005

Does New Zealand have a security problem with East African muslim refugees?

Readers will recall my earlier blogs paralleling Ahmed Zaoui and the suspects in the London bombings. I noted Zaoui and some of the London terorists had started as refugees and became beneficiaries of the state giving them shelter.

They went to Britain seeking sanctuary from famine and war in East Africa, receiving assistance, education and help from the state - calling Britain home.

Yesterday, Yasin Hassan Omar and Muktar Said Ibrahim - suspected bombers who tried to cause carnage in the country they had made their home - were the subject of a huge police hunt.

Omar received thousands of pounds in state benefits.

What is the Roll of (Dis)Honour for east africa?
  • 1993 Somali gunmen killed US soldiers and shot down a Black Hawk helicopter in Mogadishu
  • 1998 Bombers attacked US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam
  • 2002 Bombers attacked a hotel in Mombasa where Israeli tourists were stayin
    • all bombers accessing through Somalia.
  • 2003 a new, more ruthless Islamic radical group set up in Mogadishu, led by Aden Hashi Ayro, a young militia leader who received training in Afghanistan.
  • Hashi's group has murdered four foreign aid workers between October 2003 and April 2004
The second London bombing suspect, Muktar Said Ibrahim, comes from Eritrea and is linked to the radical Islamic movements through Eritrean Islamic Jihad.

New Zealand has received significant refugee inflows from Somalia and other countries on the Horn of Africa - recently described as the Crucible for Islamic Extremism.

Remember Ahmed Zaoui?
He just fetched up in NZ having boarded an aircraft in Malaysia with false documentation which he destroyed en route. Zaoui has been convicted of terrorism related offences in his home country (North Africa's Algeria) and sentenced to death. Belgium has convicted him of being the head of a terrorist organisation. He was expelled from Switzerland by the Swiss authorities. Algeria has sentenced him to death in absentia.
France convicted him of associating with terrorits after September 11, 2001
Ref: Wikipedia

New Zealand's authorities need to take great care to ensure there is no possibility of muslim terrorists operating from its territory. All the precursors seem to be there. How can we be sure the Somalian connections already here are benign and peace loving?

Worryingly the refugees in Britain seemed fully integrated into (their) community, playing soccer, receiving welfare etc. There is no evidence yet on why they turned into bombers. Not a lot different is going on here.

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