Saturday, June 30, 2007

Glasgow Airport and British Islamism

So now an attempted suicide bombing at Glasgow Airport. The car rammed into the airport terminal contained gas cylinders and petrol, and one of the arrested occupants of the vehicle had a suicide belt.
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It's not just London at risk from Islamist bombings. This is an attack on ordinary British people, in London it was those who dare to have fun late at night - people who would stone, rape and murder women who dare show their legs have no hesitation at murdering those who they see as sinners. In Glasgow, it was those who dare to go on a summer holiday.
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Today there is an interesting article in the Sunday Times from Ed Husain. He points out that most British Muslims fail to distinguish between private belief in Islam, and Islamism's political objectives. As he says:
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"Just as the IRA bombed and maimed, and Sinn Fein explained the motivations for mass murder, jihadists today plant car bombs and dispatch suicide bombers, while entryist Islamists from the Muslim Council of Britain and a host of other organisations explain their “legitimate grievances” to us. But unlike Sinn Fein’s demands, Islamist calls for the annihilation of Israel, overthrow of all Arab leaders, and changes in western culture cannot, and should not, be met. "
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He points out that for some young Muslims in the UK (particularly men) there is a "them and us" mentality. The "them" being not only the police but "clubbers, Jews, gay people, Christians, atheists and even moderate Muslims who reject the extremists’ war call".
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He also says it is telling that US Muslims are at the forefront of reporting Islamists in that country, but they are hidden, protected and rarely reported here in the UK. This is partly due to the British Muslim communities being often tightly bound together. Dobbing anyone in could be dangerous. Emigrating to the USA is also more an explicit acceptance of the values of western civilisation. The UK for too long has been timid about its core values - which are fundamentally the same as the USA - freedom, individualism, tolerance, liberal democracy.
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I heard on the BBC about how some young Muslim men in the UK go through a crisis of identity - raised by their family with conservative values, they then enjoy the temptations of liberal British society. This means young women who are sexually available. They then face their personal hypocrisy of despising that, despising their sisters who may also enjoy that society, and after they sate their appetite, feel like they have betrayed god and then want to attack the society that "seduced them into sin". They seek solace with Islam, and find a stream of Islamists more than willing to spread their poison of hate against western civilisation, blaming others for temptation.
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Ed Husain was once associated with Islamist organisations and a former associate of convicted terrorist Dhiren Barot. He has written a book called The Islamist, telling of his journey to Islamism and back. He has received both bouquets and brickbats for his book, he has received a death threat for this and was advised not to call his local Police Station. This is because the relationship the police have with Islamic organisations in order to "represent Muslims" is leaky enough that his address details may leak to those who could do him harm. Some criticise him for supporting the war on terror and "neo-cons".
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Well, you either fight those who want to kill us, or you don't. Islamism is not just about getting western military out of the Middle East, or the destruction of Israel, or the conversion of Muslim countries to be Islamist states - those on the left who wish to appease it, are appeasing those who would treat women as slaves, imprison gay and lesbian people and shut down free speech. It is time to defend why secular enlightenment western liberal democracies are morally superior to Islamist dark ages authoritarian nightmares. It is because of reason.

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