.- The director of the Institute for the Study of Conflicts and Humanitarian Action in Spain, Jesus NuÃ±ez Diaz, criticized Spanish authorities this week for âclosing their eyesâ to the increasing Islamic extremism that is being fostered at several Mosques in the country.
According to NuÃ±ez Diaz, one such mosque in Madrid, which is financed by Saudi Arabia and is the second largest in the Europe, teaches Wahabism, a radical Muslim philosophy adhered to by one of the authors of the March 11 attacks in Madrid.
Likewise, NuÃ±ez Diaz denounced the âpermissivenessâ in Spain prior to 9-11 with respect to radical Muslims because of the fact they did not attack the country, although it was known that they used Spain as a base for attacks in countries.
In his documented presentation, NuÃ±ez Diaz warned that Islamic international terrorism âis a real threat.â
He emphasized that âall countries, whether or not they have troops in Iraq,â are on Al Qaedaâs list. In this sense, he pointed out that âeven though we are no longer in Iraq, we are still on that list.â
He said terrorists chose Spain because it was an âeasyâ target and he recalled that one of the strategies of the Bin Laden network is to launch attacks coinciding with elections.
NuÃ±ez Diaz said he agreed with sociologist Manuel Castells Olivan that the answer to international terrorism âshould not be a military one,â but instead a tighter grip on financial sources in order to dry up the economic channels used by Al Qaeda.
Castells believes it would be a âserious mistakeâ for the government to censor the preaching of Muslim clerics, since that âwould be an invitation to radicalization rather than a solution.â In his judgment, the Muslim community should be responsible for reigning in radical clerics.
Lastly, Castells warned that âMarch 11 will not be last attack on Spain by Al Qaeda.â