Suffer little children – because hate often begins at home, which makes it even more difficult to tackle:
Children and adolescents growing up in families that follow radical Islamist teachings are “raised with an extremist worldview that legitimizes violence toward others and belittles those who do not belong to their group,” according to an analysis by Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
Children in this group show signs of “faster, earlier and more likely radicalization,” according to the report, a copy of which was seen by newspapers belonging to the Funke media group.
The exposure of minors to radical Islam is “alarming” and poses a “challenge” for the years ahead, Hans-Georg Maaßen, the president of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told the media group.
Maaßen warned in December last year that children and women returning to Germany from territories held by the terror group Islamic State posed a threat to German security. The body’s latest report specifies that the threat also exists within an estimated “low three-figure number” of families living in Germany who have not traveled to Syria or Iraq.
In a somewhat related news:
Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader, has married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks, according to his family.
The union was confirmed by Osama bin Laden’s half-brothers during an interview with the Guardian. Ahmad and Hassan al-Attas said they believed Hamza had taken a senior position within al-Qaida and was aiming to avenge the death of his father, shot dead during a US military raid in Pakistan seven years ago.
For years now I have been hoping that Mohammed Atta’s son will get into media (ideally not in the obvious, deadly way) so that I could write a tabloidesque headline “Atta Boy!” Instead it will have to be “Atta Girl!” Wishing the happy couple a miserable marriage spent in a cave.