Posted on 12. Oct, 2010 by Shera Crossan
, Foreign and Domestic Intelligence
, Top Stories
November 04, 2009
Across the world and here in America, young Muslim immigrants are banding together into criminal organizations.
“The breeding ground for all gangs begins with an excluded group who feel victimized by poverty, by the establishment, or by some other real or imagined injustice. It is fed by an anti-establishment culture of drugs, crime, hate, and racial separatism.”
I wrote these words to explain how gangs are formed and how they reach critical mass. Think about them as you read this blog.
If you attended either the TREXPO
East or TREXPO West conferences this year you may have heard my part of a training presentation titled “A First Responder’s Guide To Terrorist Detection And Prevention.”
My co-presenters Ed Lovette and James Stalnaker covered the detection and prevention aspects of the class and I attempted to show how American gangs were susceptible to recruitment by international terrorists. I even gave a few examples of cases in which this occurred.
However, an even more likely group of people that might be susceptible to recruitment by international terrorists are American gangs formed from immigrating Muslims.
Rarely mentioned by the American media are gangs formed mostly of Middle Eastern immigrants. An article pointing out this phenomenon was featured in Islam On Line (August 2009) written by Jamshed Bokan and called “In the Ghetto..? Youth Gangs And American Muslims.”
The criminal gang lifestyle is immoral according to Christian, Jewish, and Muslim beliefs, but the dynamics that contribute to the spawning of criminal street gangs in America affect the Muslim immigrant communities just as they have Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Hispanic legal and illegal immigrants before them. The only difference is that these earlier American immigrants shared a Judeo-Christian culture, the newest arrivals do not.
The Islam On Line article takes the point of view that these young Muslims are only mimicking the popular styles of American youth.
They affecr the look, attitude, and behavior of the tough urbanized kids who are glamorized in gangsta’ rap movies, music, and videos. Some say new gangster-styled Muslims are only “wannabes.” But this is the same denial expressed by earlier immigrant communities.
For decades now immigration patterns in Europe have established the Muslim cultures of North African and Middle Eastern immigrants in enclaves in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, and the Netherlands. All of these countries have also spawned Muslim gangs.more