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I stedet for besvergelser av hvordan virkeligheten burde være, ville det kanskje være lurt å tenke på sannsynlige scenarier: Dette er allerede en aktuell mulighet: Terrorangrep fra muslimer med fullt godkjente eurpeiske pass, som slipper visafritt inn i USA.

Here’s the problem for the United States: Under our Visa Waiver Program, residents of Londonistan who hold a valid British passport can board a plane for the United States without an interview by an American consular official.

This program also applies to more than a score of other European countries, like France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, that meet the criteria for visa-free travel to the United States. Unfortunately, while these countries may enjoy a low visa refusal rate, grant reciprocal visa-free travel to Americans and issue machine-readable passports – all criteria for inclusion in the waiver program – many of them have also had a hard time integrating their growing Muslim populations. Even before yesterday’s attacks, there was plenty of evidence from episodes like the Madrid bombings in 2004 that these countries contained sleeper cells with the ability and motivation to carry out major terrorist operations and even, perhaps, to attack the United States itself.

As declining populations in Europe are replaced in part by rising Muslim emigration from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, economic resentment and sectarian strife seem likely to grow. Tinkering with visa regulations might help, but it is unlikely to change the reality that Islamic militant groups in Britain, as in several other major European countries, represent a growing threat to the United States that will continue for many years to come.

Dette ville sette forholdet til Europa på en tung prøve. Spesielt hvis det viste seg at vedkommende burde vært stanset.

Et eksemepl: Irland tok imot en av de palestinske geriljakrigerne som hadde forskanset seg i Fødselskirken i Betlehem for noen år siden. Betingelsen for fritt leide var at de ble holdt under oppsikt. Men irske myndigheter holdt ikke bedre kontroll enn at han kunne reise til Spania, og der vet man ikke hva han bestilte. USA ble rasende.

De som ser for seg at godvilje og idealer skal beskytte muslimene i Europa, må tro om igjen. Som London 7/7 viser; muslimene er sine verste fiender.

Our Ally, Our Problem
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/08/opinion/08bergen.html

Peter Bergen is a fellow of the New America Foundation and the author of «Holy War Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden.»