Glasgow International Airport, another of the BAA managed airports, was targeted by Muslim terrorists, who failed to carry off the attack. Heathrow has long been a potential target for terrorists and the same Qatari government which helped Khalid Sheikh Mohammed avoid arrest will now have extensive insider access to both airports.
Heathrow is only the latest piece of London that the Qatari royals have gotten their teeth into. From Harrods to Barclays to the London Stock Exchange to Canary Wharf to the Shard, the new pyramidal glass skyscraper rising into the sky over London, it almost seems at times as if the Al-Thani clan has replaced the House of Windsor as the new monarchy.
But the Qataris aren’t the only Muslim monarchy sniffing around London airports. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has taken a stake in London’s Gatwick Airport, London’s second-largest international airport and the UK’s second busiest. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has also attempted to buy 50 percent of the Manchester Airports Group, the UK’s largest remaining native airport operator.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways, owned by the UAE royals, already has chunks of Western airlines, including 30 percent of Air Berlin. And demonstrating the far-flung ambitions of the Gulf monarchies, the Emirates Group even owns 20 percent of China’s second busiest international airport, Guangzhou Baiyun.
The BAA buy has some similarities to the Dubai Ports World scandal when Muslim royals attempted to take control of major American seaports in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland. Like the BAA buy, a Muslim monarchy linked to terrorism was buying up management of key transportation facilities owned by a foreign, but Western company. However the UK has become habituated to the sight of Muslim monarchies buying up its transportation facilities.
Much of the UK’s infrastructure is now foreign-owned and the last British-owned port was sold last year. The oil monarchies have been expanding their colonization of Western transportation hubs to build a global empire that stretches from the Middle East down to Africa, east to Asia and north to Europe.
In 1938, Winston Churchill delivered one of his most famous speeches in the House of Commons. At its conclusion he said, “Historians a thousand years hence will still be baffled by the mystery of our affairs. They will never understand how it was that a victorious nation, with everything in hand, suffered themselves to be brought low, and to cast away all that they had gained by measureless sacrifice and absolute victory.”
That speech was published as part of a collection under the title, “While England Slept.” Now England still sleeps. It slumbers as Qatar, Kuwait and the Saudis creep in, loot its treasures and seize its strategic assets. It snores while they knot a rope around its neck. And the United States is not in a much better position.
While Al-Qaeda terrorists hijack airplanes, their financial backers hijack airports. While suicide bombers kill dozens, the Islamist states of the Middle East plot to kill millions. The cries of Syrian Christians being murdered in Qatar’s latest war can’t be heard in the comfortable quarters of Canary Wharf. No more so than the cries of Sudeten Czechs were heard in 1938. And yet it might surprise those cheerfully selling out their native lands to consider that the fate of Egyptian Christians and Syrian Christians might one day be their fate.
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