Terrorist doctors and radical lawyers

UK shock: Most bomb suspects are doctors
Worryingly, the eight held are professionals linked to the National Health Service By Mark

Rice-Oxley, For The Straits Times

LONDON – THE terrorist threat confronting Britain has taken a disturbing new twist, with the revelation that almost everyone arrested over last week’s car bomb attacks were foreign-born doctors working in the National Health Service (NHS).

The BBC reported yesterday that of the eight people detained over the failed bombings, seven are thought to be doctors or medical students and the eighth a lab technician.

Read the full article here.

Reading this just makes you throw up your hands in despair and wonder: who is not susceptible to Islamist radicalisation? The poor with nothing to lose? High flying lawyers who are supposed to have been trained in the art of reason? Now doctors who are supposed to save lives are instead plotting mass murder.

I hope there is a really deep investigation into the route that these doctors took on their path to radicalisation. There must be a lot more than meets the eye. In the case of Abdul Basheer, the young lawyer detained in Singapore, I think Singaporeans deserve more answers regarding how he got convinced of this destructive cause that he felt was worth dying for. Frankly I don’t buy the simplistic “radicalised by Internet” postulation. I’ve obtained a list of some of the radical websites that are being tracked, and I really don’t see anything remarkably convincing there. And it’s not because I don’t sympathise with the plight of the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

7 thoughts on “Terrorist doctors and radical lawyers”

  1. Hi Gerald,
    It is not surprising that doctors are involved in this as doctors are by nature more idealistic.
    This is esply true for younger doctors and like doctors everywhereelse, as years go by, we doctors lose our idealism in exchange for the pursuit of materialism.

    Let me state clearly here that although I am an idealist, I am totally against using terrorist acts to achieve utopia.

    Note that these handful involved are all foreign-trained doctors and probably already radicalized before they set foot onto UK. They could have gone to UK with the express purpose of subversion.

    UK has its problems of racial and cultural inequality ( with some qualification) and any minority person ( even doctors) could have been easy victim of indoctrination.

    When I was in the UK to attend courses and take exams ( close to 2 decades ago), the foreign-born doctors ( from India/Mid-E) felt that they were marginalized and some had great difficulty passing exams although I thought that they were just as good as the next guy ( just my impression).

    If these 8 were born and bred in UK and took to terrorist acts- then the situation and scenario would be much worse.

    Overall, I think UK handled it extremely well and with the usual British stiff-upper lip and resolve. Their economy is strong and the stock market hardly reacted to the bomb scares.


  2. I think a lot of them begin in the same place. These were the same children who didn’t like to see other kids get bullied in the playground. Innately I think they have a strong sense of indignation for injustice – or at least what they believe to be injustice.

    Where they lose the plot however is when this perception of injustice consumes them and they decide to take extreme measures to correct it. I think most of this takes place in their own minds. Religion is only a catalyst for what was already in them to begin with.

    While I do not condone their actions, there is still much to admire about the level of belief that they can attain. That they believe so intensely that they are willing to blow themselves up or set themselves alight while still alive.

    The problems of the world today stem from the fact that as Yeats put it “the best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity”.

    These doctors and lawyers are going about things the wrong way because not enough good people are doing anything the right way.

    There’s one answer.

  3. Dr Huang, I think it’s unfortunate that people lose their idealism as they grow older in exchange for materialism and pragmatism. Idealism is not bad. It’s only bad when taken to the extreme.

    thor666 – thanks for the link. I’m including it again here cos it got partially obscured by the page.

    Praveen – I agree. I think non-Muslims need to also understand Islam’s emphasis on speaking out (and acting) against injustice in society. While that in itself is a good thing, it becomes easy for some to exploit these sentiments to advance their own political agenda, as is the case with AQ, Hamas and other terrorist groups.

  4. you’ve hit the nail on the head, Gerald. “political agenda”. thats what its all about.

    Religion, unfortunately, has the power to really move people to do drastic things.

    Its sad to hear and read that religious faith can overcome basic human logic.


  5. a friend gave this witty comment about self-radicalisation.

    “I think self-radicalisation is such a bad idea. Its like self-body piercing or homemade tattoos.

    if one really wants to be radicalised, better to leave to the expert radicalisers”.


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