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November 13, 2004

Eindhoven, Ein Hafen

Für Terroristen, in case you were wondering. From a PowerLine post on Stephen Ambrose's book, "Band of Brothers." I last read it over two years ago--though obviously I still remember it.

At the very end of the book Ambrose briefly summarizes the postwar lives of those who survived. One of those who overcame a paralyzing injury suffered at Bastogne and survived was Corporal Walter Gordon. He went to law school and struck it rich through the exercise of great acumen in the oil business.

In December 1991, Mr. Gordon read that the mayor of Eindhoven, Holland had refused to meet with General Schwarzkopf because as general of the forces that served in the Gulf War General Schwarzkopf "had too much blood on his hands."

Ambrose recounts that Gordon wrote to the mayor of Eindhoven as follows: "On September 17, 1944 I participated in the large airborne operation which was conducted to liberate your country. As a member of company E, 506th PIR [parachute infantry regiment], I landed near the small town of Son. The following day we moved south and liberated Eindhoven. While carrying out our assignment, we suffered casualties. That is war talk for bleeding. We occupied various defense positions for over two months. Like animals, we lived in holes, barns, and as best we could. The weather was cold and wet. In spite of the adverse conditions, we held the ground we had fought so hard to capture.

"The citizens of Holland at that time did not share your aversion to bloodshed when the blood being shed was that of the German ocupiers of your city. How soon we forget. History has proven more than once that Holland could again be conquered if your neighbor, the Germans, are having a dull weekend and the golf links are crowded.

"Please don't allow your country to be swallowed up by Liechtenstein or the Vatican as I don't plan to return. As of now, you are on your own."

Corporal Walter Gordon passed away on April 19, 1997. Guess how Eindhoven has been doing, lately?

September 3rd, 2002

Eindhoven: Terrorist Haven?
Seven of the 16 suspects are from the southern city of Eindhoven, where the Dutch branch of the radical Al-Waqf Muslim youth organization is based. Two Dutch nationals of Moroccan descent, shot dead under suspicious circumstances by Indian border guards in Kashmir earlier this year, also came from Eindhoven. The two were frequent visitors of the Al-Fourkan mosque, which has the same address as the al-Waqf al-Islami. They had booked a one-way ticket to India and are thought to have planned to join al-Qaeda in its fight against the US-led campaign in Afghanistan.

April 15, 2003

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands -- In late February, more than 300 young men from across Europe gathered for a weekend seminar on Islamic law put on by the Al-Waqf al-islaami Foundation.

In the bright, austere rooms of this city's Al-Furqaan Mosque, they heard sermons on the hell that awaits unbelievers and the benefits of resisting Western ways of living. The language was Dutch, but the message was imported from Saudi Arabia, via Saudi books and lecturers who taught a strict, orthodox interpretation of Islam. Mourat, an attendee who offered only his first name, said: "I don't want a separation of state and religion. I want Shariah [Islamic law] here and now."

April 16, 2003

Two terrorists who received training and attended sermons in Eindhoven in the Netherlands were killed by Indian troops in the state last year, The Wall Street Journal reported quoting the Dutch domestic intelligence agency AVID.

Al Qaeda terrorists linked to the September 11 attacks in the United States also attended sermons in Eindhoven, it said.

April 23, 2003

A director of the Islamic foundation Al Waqf al Islami in Eindhoven, Ahmad Al Hussaini, is included in a list of 20 Saudi Arabian business leaders alleged to have provided financial support to the Al Qaeda terror network.

A prominent Al Qaeda member drew up the list, according to US firm JCB Consulting, which is investigating the financing of Osama bin Laden's network on behalf of 600 families of the September 11 terrorist attack victims.

July 31, 2003

Despite the Netherlands' tranquil image, Eindhoven has been a hotbed of Islamic extremism.

Mounir Motassadeq, a Moroccan recently convicted in Germany of helping a terrorist cell in Hamburg plan the Sept. 11 attacks, attended an Islamic seminar in 1999 at Eindhoven's Al Fourkhan mosque along with other associates of the Hamburg plotters. The mosque shares a complex with a Saudi-connected Muslim cultural organization known as Al Waqf al Islami that promotes fundamentalism, according to authorities.

Some of the diving students and the men who went on trial on charges of terrorist recruitment attended the mosque, officials said.

August 17, 2003

This seemingly insignificant discovery became vitally important when investigators discovered that Al Ali had once attended a diving school in Eindhoven called Safe Diving. More than 50 Muslims attended Safe Diving at the same time, unusual considering that Eindhoven is a relatively small town miles from the sea. Safe Diving owner Bill Megens told the Dutch newspaper Rotterdams Dagblad that most of the Muslim students wore traditional Arabic garments and had long beards. Several are well-known to Dutch intelligence as having radical ties. Investigators nicknamed them the "al Qaeda Diving Team."

Nov 8, 2004

An explosion damaged the entrance of an Islamic school in the southern Dutch town of Eindhoven on Monday, police said, the latest attack on a Muslim institution following the killing of a filmmaker.

November 9th, 2004

The Mayor of Eindhoven, Alexander Sakkers, addressed the public over the radio and said that the attacks spread confusion and anxiety. The Mayor added that authorities were monitoring Islamic institutions throughout the city and would tighten security to combat rising tensions. The incidents are not new to Eindhoven, which suffered similar attacks in recent months.

November 13, 2004

More than 200 police were involved in the second major operation in the Netherlands in a week, after special forces used tear gas to end a standoff with alleged Islamic radicals in The Hague Wednesday. Prosecutors said the two operations were unrelated.

Nine arrests were made Friday in raids in The Hague, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, and the town of Capelle aan den Ijssel

Too bad Schwarzkopf didn't have a little more blood on his hands. If he had, Eindhoven might not have the blood on its streets that it does today.

Posted by Bigwig at November 13, 2004 08:09 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

I'd say Europe would survive its impending Islamicization if I thought Europeans had enough self-love and energy to turn things around. But I don't think that. They are nattering nabobs of negativism and they aren't even reproducing themselves.

Posted by: Jim at November 13, 2004 08:59 PM

How soon we forget the immortal, or maybe immoral, words of PJ O'Rourke in "Holidays in Hell"? In his chapter "Among the Euroweenies", he mentions how all the smart people left Europe before the First World War to live... in America. Small wonder they hate us; like a cousin who has a bad investment and blames you even though you bailed his sorry ass out two or three times and he had no plans or means to repay you.

Posted by: Rich at November 14, 2004 01:49 AM

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Posted by: bigwig at November 14, 2004 10:53 PM
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