The Amsterdam – Detroit Link

Posted: January 12, 2010 by April Watkins in al Qaeda, Homeland Security, Intelligence, Islam, Terrorism, The Netherlands, War on Terror
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The Associated Press reports that Delta Airlines has experienced a problem with passengers onboard that was serious enough to request authorities meet the plane as it landed in Detroit, MI.  The Northwest Flight #243 originated in Amsterdam and landed around 1:30 p.m. today.  (Note that Northwest merged with Delta last year). 

AP is awaiting further information from airlines regarding the nature of the disturbance and identity of the passengers. 

Tuesday’s disturbance comes less than a week after a Nigerian man pleaded not guilty to trying to blow up a packed Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam as it was preparing to land in Detroit on Christmas.  – AP

It is interesting to this columnist that The Netherlands is the heart of Islamic “takeover” of Western countries – AND – Michigan, specifically the Detroit area, has one of the largest Islamic communities in the U.S.A.

Let us hope that these passengers were simply drunk…and not Islamic terrorists. 

Speaking of Islamic population centers, here are some Statistics to Know:

  • Paris, France holds the title of the city with the largest Arab community outside of the Middle East. 
  • The state of Michigan (USA) has the second-largest Arab community outside of the Middle East.
  • Of the 300,000 people in southern Michigan who are of Arab descent, there are significant percentages of Iraqi, Lebanese, Yemeni, and Palestinians. 
  • About 300,000 people of Arab descent live in southeast Michigan, including significant numbers of Iraqi, Lebanese, Yemeni, and Palestinians.
  • Almost two-thirds of the population were born in the United States, and 40 percent of those born outside of the country have moved here since 1980.
  • Two-thirds of Arab Americans in the United States speak fluent English, and three-quarters use Arabic language media to keep informed.
  • More than 90 percent of Arab Americans have close friends or family in the Middle East
  • almost 65 percent have traveled there
  • Demographers estimate that more than 8 million Muslims live in the United States, making them the second-largest religious community in the country.
  • About half of Arab Americans are Muslim, while the other half identify themselves as Christian.
  • In the past few decades, Islam has become the fastest-growing religion in the United States.

*Stats provided by American Psychiatric Association, according to data from the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services and the Detroit News.

  • According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), a Dutch governmental institution, in 2007, Muslims made up 5-6% of the total Dutch population at over 1 Million Muslims.
  • Muslims number about 920,000 in a total Dutch population of approximately 16 million.
  • Fifty percent of the Muslim population holds Dutch citizenship. 
  • The Dutch, who are famous for their open and tolerant society, have faced challenges in recent years as the dynamics of their population change. A recent government report projected that foreigners soon will outnumber native Dutch in Holland’s four major cities.
  • On Nov. 2, 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death in Amsterdam. Mohammed Bouyeri, a Moroccan immigrant, was arrested after a gun battle with police.

*Stats provided by PBS from various sources.

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