Daniel Pipes in his January debate with Ken Livingstone points out that London provides an environment where terrorism is harbored, protected and nurtured. He says, “Britain has become a threat to the world.” (The debate is on YouTube here.)
Christopher Hitchens agreeD with Pipes in this article for Vanity Fair. He writes:
“Overnight guests at his (Abu Hamza al-Masri, the imam of the Finsbury Park Mosque) mosque’s sleeping quarters have included Richard Reid, the man in whose honor we now all have to take off our shoes at the airport, and Zacarias Moussaoui, the missing team member of September 11, 2001. Other visitors included Ahmed Ressam, arrested for trying to blow up LAX for the millennium, and Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunisian who planned to don an explosive vest and penetrate the American Embassy in Paris. On July 7, 2005 ("7/7," as the British call it), a clutch of bombs exploded in London’s transport system. It emerged that one of the suicide murderers had been influenced by the preachings of Abu Hamza, as had two of those attempting to replicate the mission two weeks later.
In fact, the British jihadist is becoming quite a feature on the international scene.