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    Monday, July 02, 2007

    Their Names are Mudd: The latest British terrorist plot involves doctors:

    A man arrested by a team of anti-terror police after the failed bomb attacks in London and Glasgow is a doctor who has been working in Britain for around two years.

    Dr Mohammed Asha, 26, is reported to work at the North Staffordshire hospital, in Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent. He qualified in Jordan in 2004 and is registered to work in this country until 2008. He was arrested with his 27-year-old wife on the M6 on Saturday night and it is thought they had their young son in the car with them.

    ....Last night there were five people in custody, including Dr Asha and his wife. Of the five, two are understood to be doctors, while none is thought to be a British citizen. The Home Secretary refused today to confirm or deny, in an interview with Sky television, reports that all those arrested were of Middle Eastern origin.

    Presumably, their motivation is jihad and not dissatisfaction with the NHS.

    Such conduct is shameful in anyone, but it seems even worse, for some reason, when it's done by physicians. An extreme breach of trust.

    P.S. Some background on Mudd and his own moment of shame.

    UPDATE: It's turning out to be a regular medical society of terrorism:

    British media reports said an Indian doctor also was among the eight people in custody and another outlet said at least five of the detainees in Britain were physicians. British police confirmed a Palestinian doctor and Iraqi physician were among those held, while Australian officials said a foreign doctor working there had been detained in the case.

    UPDATE II: Opinion Journal's James Taranto notes that there's a pattern here when politics and doctors mix:

    What occurred to us, though, is that it seems an awful lot of terrorists are physicians. Just off the top of our head, we thought of al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri and Hamas's Mahmoud Zahar and Abdel Aziz Rantisi.

    Then we started thinking about physicians in American politics: Howard Dean, Sen. Tom Coburn, Reps. Ron Paul and Jim McDermott. It occurs to us that all these men would be characterized as either ideologically extreme or principled, depending on your point of view.

    Is there something about the mindset of physicians that predisposes them toward political astringency? We don't know the answer but thought we'd throw out the question.

    Yes, there's something about the mindset of physicians. We have a strong totalitarian bent - Do as I say, or else you'll die or get sick or I won't be your doctor any longer. Just look at our influence on public law these past few years.

    posted by Sydney on 7/02/2007 07:25:00 AM 4 comments


    I'm thinking these two Jordanian doctors are bigger jerks than Samuel Mudd. Mudd aided and abetted, these guys were trying to mass murder. I'm sure that they're going to get theirs eventually.

    By Blogger Nick, at 12:06 PM  

    You did an interesting piece a while back on doctors as terrorist. Seems that piece was a little early, but to the point.

    Steve Lucas

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:45 AM  

    On the smoking ban, it's not just members of the health community pushing such laws, it's the general public.

    Not long ago, smoking was permitted in the workplace. No one wants to go back to those days, do they?

    Bar owners just whine. Smoking is prohibited in California in bars and restaurants, and I can tell you they are as crowded as ever.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:20 PM  

    Well, I hope the NHS learned that you get what you pay for.

    By Anonymous danie, at 3:15 PM  

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