Islam and Terror: After London, Lessons for the United States
Recorded on September 20, 2005
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The attacks in London this past July have been described as a
"wake up" call to many. These attacks were different from the 9/11
attacks in that the terrorists were "home-grown." Most of the
people who participated in them were raised in British society and
educated in British schools. And yet, they radicalized to the
extent that they could plan to kill large numbers of their own
neighbors and countrymen. These attacks have prompted a number of
Western Muslim scholars to issue "fatwas" against terrorism and to
re-double their efforts to understand their own communities and the
young people who grow up in those communities. The London attacks
have also spurred Western governments to seriously re-examine their
relationships with these communities. For example, Prime Minister
Blair has established seven committees of British Muslim leaders to
develop specific proposals for the government on issues such as
preventing radicalization, reforming the educational system, and
regulating foreign imams and mosques.
Questions to be addressed by our panel will include: In the wake
of the London attacks, what are the lessons for the American Muslim
and Arab populations? What are the lessons for the U.S. Government?
What are the ways that the American experience is similar to or
different from the British and European experiences?