multiculturalism fans the flames of islamic extremism

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multiculturalism fans the flames of islamic extremism the times , 16 july 2005 One was a loving father. Another helped out in his parents' fish and chip shop. All apparently chatted away as if they were going on holiday as they walked through King's Cross station with their deadly rucksacks. It is the contrast between the ordinariness of the London bombers' lives and the savage barbarism of their actions that is so shocking. But then, few recent terrorists have resembled the caricatures of mad mullahs, bearded fanatics and foreign zealots that people the press. Many have been Western born, Western educated, and seemingly ordinary. The shoe bomber Richard Reid was brought up in south London. His fellow conspirator British-born Sajid Badat was educated at the prestigious Crypt Grammar School for Boys. Ahmed Omar Sheikh, convicted in Pakistan of the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, lived in east London and was educated at the LSE. Asif Hanif and Omar Sharif, the two Britons who carried out a suicide bombing mission in Israel became friends at university. The most detailed study yet on Al-Qaeda supporters shows that the majority are middle class with good jobs. Most are college educated, usually in the West. Fewer than one in 10 have attended religious school. There was nothing extraordinary, then, about the background of the London bombers. So, why are these men, born and brought up in Britain, gripped by such a fanatic zeal for an
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