News of the arrest of two American women dubbed ‘Jihad Janes’ show that Islamist terrorists are going back to the 80s in their attempts to carry out terror and murder. In seeking to use proxies whose profile would not ordinarily raise suspicion among security services, terrorists are going back to a technique used in the UK by Nizar Hindawi.
Hindawi was a Jordanian Arab who started a relationship with an Irish woman named Anne-Marie Murphy. In 1986, while six-months pregnant carrying Hindawi’s child, Murphy was duped into believing she and Hindawi would be getting married and honeymooning in Israel. Hindawi bought her a ticket for an El-Al Israeli airlines flight to Tel Aviv and said he would meet her there because he had to travel via Jordan.
On instruction by his Syrian handlers, Hindawi gave Murphy a bag to take with her containing a bomb, which she knew nothing about and that was only discovered in security checks minutes before check in closed. 395 people would have died if the attack had been successful.
These Jihad Janes, Colleen LaRose and Jamie Paulin-Ramirez (who it seems may have been released on bail in Ireland), are enhanced versions of Anne-Marie Murphy. They were bored. They were lonely. They were in search of companionship, excitement, a sense of belonging and desperate for validation. They were susceptible to the charms of men ultimately intent on terror, who it seems actively sought them out on the internet. They were chosen specifically because they do not stand out as a potential security risk.
Women like LaRose and Paulin-Ramirez make it possible to put distance between the instigators of terror and the intended victims. But unlike Murphy, they are not unwitting proxies used to transport bombs. They are acting in the full knowledge of what they are doing. They have been groomed to be sympathetic to the Islamist cause and radicalised with a fervour to commit acts of terror.
The big worry here is that if this is happening in the United States, you can be sure it is happening in the UK. We have in this country, by the government’s own admission, a pool of radicalised Islamist young men who want to see acts of terror perpetrated on the streets of Britain. We have already seen Islamic converts such as shoe bomber Richard Reid and 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay turn to terrorism.
How long before we start seeing British women revealed as Jihad Janes, caught doing the bidding of vicious homocidal maniacs who have sought them out, developed relationships with them and radicalised them to assist in or commit atrocities?