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.
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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.