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Al Qaeda based group declares "a bloody war" on Europe as more and more Muslims rally to the cause
July 22, 2005
MIM: Uncle of London bomber says his nephew "was not a terrorist"
MIM: The 'waffling' on the part of the British regarding who is the enemy has led them to equate terrorism with Islamophobia in the interests of suicidal politcal correctness.
Now it appears that law enforcement is naively expecting the same groups who justified the bombers actions as a response to bogus injustice are being counted upon to turn in people whom they admire for getting their message across.
(As could be seem in a quote of the uncle of one of the bombers who not only justified his nephew's actions but proclaimed he was "not a terrorist"). The 'liason' groups like the MCB and MAB, are themeselves working hand in glove with the terrorists - so the whole monitoring idea - whose intentions are laudable- is doomed to failure from the start. It appears that the authorities havent been reading the statements put out by the Muslim leaders they intend to work with -which proclaimed that the social and political climate in the UK and the US are the root cause of terrorism. One can only envision meetings where the Muslim groups come to the UK authorities with a list of grievances to be addressed 'claiming that they have no way to prevent future terrorist attacks( if such fabricated 'injustices' continue ) in lieu of the names of terror suspects.
MIM:Dr. Daniel Pipes comments on the statement by the uncle of one of the bombers who justified his nephew's actions is a glimpse into the real mindset of UK Muslims a proves undeniably that they are a part of the problem andnot the solution.
He Wasn't Terrorist": Mahzer Mahmood reports in the News of the World, a London tabloid, about the views of an uncle of July 7 suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer. Bashir Ahmed feels no compunctions about publicly stating that he considers the 22-year-old not a terrorist but a person "looking for justice."
Ahmed calls suicide bombers "desperate people" who "take extreme action" because "They can see that their [Muslim] brothers are not getting their rights." He blames Tony Blair and George Bush for the bombings, demands that they apologize for "for the way they have abused the human rights of Muslims" and warns that "There will be more" violence. (July 17, 2005)
Govt plans to 'monitor' Muslims
MIM: Come again ? Using Muslim fith columnists from Britain's major Islamic organisations to monitor their own and 'protect them from Islamophobic abuses and attacks?
It was the suicidal policy of British political correctness which allowed the terrorists free reign - now the British expect the Muslims who blamed their policies for the attacks (while portraying the terrorists as victims whose actions were justified ) is expected to also gather information on extremist activity ?!
Bloody War for Europe
A statement in the name of a group that claimed responsibility for the London bombings threatened to launch "a bloody war" on the capitals of European countries that do not remove their troops from Iraq within a month.
|Muslim leaders and British lawmakers leave 10 Downing Street following a meeting in central London, Tuesday July 19, 2005 with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Some 25 representatives of the Muslim community, including all four Muslim members of Parliament, met with the prime minister on Tuesday to discuss the response to the London bomb attacks and how to weed out extremists blamed for radicalizing Muslim youth.|
MIM:This article shows the futility of expecting Muslims to monitor themselves and emphasises the necessity for law enforcement to operate preemptively. The head of the mosque denies that Islam has anything to do with motivating the terrorists and instead whines about the Muslim community being targetted . His claims that Muslims are 'confused' about the bombings only empasizes the fact they Islam must be viewed as part of the problem not the solution.
Islam's struggle with itself
AMID the spires and polished tiles of Whitechapel Road's East London Mosque, the rift in British Islam is all too apparent. Inside one of the UK's biggest and busiest places of worship, which holds 3,000 people, there are prayers for those behind the bomb attacks to be caught quickly. There is a nervous mood. A few hours earlier the mosque had been thrown into the spotlight when it was evacuated because of a "racist" bomb threat.
Mohammed Aziz, 66, a shop owner who has attended the mosque for the past 10 years, said: "We were not involved in these terrible attacks. We want to see the people responsible caught."
Abdul Ullah, the community contact for the police at the mosque, added: "The police are doing a fantastic job. These were outrageous crimes which we all condemn, but some narrow-minded people are using it as a reason to target the Muslim community and it is totally wrong."
But just a few yards away, there is a dramatic change of view. Outside the mosque, Muslim teenagers lean against the railings. Their trendy football tops and designer jeans suggest they are better integrated into British society than their elders, but they hide deep feelings of resentment at the authorities.
Nakib Islam, 19, from East London, said: "A lot of young Muslims are confused after the bombings. If they are on the fence between being extremist or normal then it will only require them to see how the Muslim community is being made a scapegoat to send them over the edge. The occupation of Iraq and Palestine is fuelling the anger and that needs to be dealt with if we are to defeat terrorism."
Senior Muslims have looked on aghast as four of their number took their own lives in suicide bombings, which in turn killed others of their faith. The dream of a respected, prospering Muslim community, preserving the best of their heritage while enjoying the Western lifestyle, is in serious danger of collapsing in suspicion and violence.
Blair's hope of a consensus embracing the opposition parties and mainstream Islam in order to stop future bombers looks increasingly fragile as Muslims question the tactics used to stop attackers, specifically the shooting dead of a man at Stockwell tube station on Friday. Yesterday police admitted he was not connected to the bombings inquiry.
While the main Muslim organisations were last week happy to join Blair's platform for a moderate community rooting out the hard-liners, they have now begun to challenge what they see as a "shoot-to-kill" policy. Inayat Bunglawala, of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: "We do need to hear from the police what made them think that the man was a risk to the public. It's the police who need to reassure us that they thought they had no choice. We need to know why they did not think they could arrest him or disable him in some way."
Scottish Muslim leaders have added their concerns over the "shoot-to-kill" policy. Jalal Chaudry, the chairman of the Islamic Society of Scotland, said: "The police must have had some reason for shooting him but I am very concerned because things are going from bad to worse.
"The wounds had just started healing but then there was another bomb. The community is worried. Things are happening one after another. I am very sad about the shooting in London. If the police had captured him they could have interrogated him. I feel we are going in the wrong direction no matter how much we are trying to calm things down."
But Mohammed Sarwar, Britain's first Muslim MP, has called for all Britain's communities to unite against the terrorists and praised the restraint of mainstream Britain.
He said: "You would not believe the anger in the Muslim community against those terrorists. The terrorists are trying to set everyone against each other. What we need is for all the communities to unite and tell the terrorists their attacks are unacceptable. We need a fatwa, a judgment from scholars, that the bombers' acts are not in accordance with Islam.
"But we also need to reach out to the young people. They don't talk to their parents or community leaders, they go out and face racism and they are at risk of being targeted by extremists. We need youth forums where we listen to what they say and bring them into mainstream politics. It is the only way we can deal with problems."
The events of the past fortnight appear to be exposing cracks in Britain's Muslim community. Young radicals are moving further away from their integrationist elders.
As if to emphasise the divide, some leading Muslim commentators insist that even by joining a platform with Blair, the community has done too little to distance itself from the bombings and have urged people to show the same opposition to the killings as they showed to the Iraq War.
Tariq Alhomayed, the editor-in-chief of the London-published Arab newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, said in a column: "In the last few days, prominent figures in the British Muslim community, from across Britain, have come out and condemned terrorism in editorials published in the national press. This is not enough. We expect more from Britain's Muslims: those who marched in their thousands against intervention in Iraq ought to march, once more, against violence and terrorism.
"Silence is increasingly dangerous. It establishes a link between British Muslims and those who condone terrorism and violence around the world.
But others believe a rush to condemn the bombings risks Muslims taking the side of secular governments against fellow believers. Qasim Khwaja, a member of the National Executive of the hard-line Hizb ut-Tahrir organisation, said: "Firstly it is not proved that anything was carried out by Muslims. Even if they were, why should the whole community be expected to answer for it? We did not see every Christian have to answer for killings in Northern Ireland, and neither would we expect them to."
Khwaja is incensed at the suggestion that his view, of an international world government under Islam, should be viewed as beyond the pale. He said: "A Socialist will say they want the current system overthrown and replaced with Socialism or Communism, and that is seen as just one more point of view. I want the world to live peacefully under Islam, with rights for all the other religions, but with all the Muslims united, and my views are somehow unacceptable. Where is the fairness there?"
And he warned Muslim leaders about cosying up to the British authorities. "The Muslim Council of Britain will lose its credibility if it involves itself in policing Muslims for the government. That is not their role. We have intelligence service and security services; that is their job."
The Muslim divide is more than a problem for the leaders of the faithful. Even if only a fraction of young and disaffected believe they should support bombers, or join their number, just a tiny fraction of the Muslim population of 1.7 million could supply enough recruits. Northern Ireland's violence was sustained for nearly 30 years with a small proportion of its one million people.
Muslim leaders face a nightmare balancing act of putting enough pressure on political leaders to keep their credibility with the young while heading off criticism from non-Muslim Britons and playing their part in combating terror.
On Whitechapel Road, Sultana Ali, a 28-year-old student, decided on Friday that the train or tube was not an option and that she had to take a taxi through the London traffic to get to Friday prayers.
That was because she was carrying a rucksack containing some books on her left shoulder and she was wearing a Muslim headscarf.
Even before Thursday's shooting, fellow passengers on the tube eyed her with suspicion. She added: "I was sat there with my rucksack and people were looking at me as if to say I shouldn't be there. One man even told me to get off the train with my bag. It is unbelievable."
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