*Here again, as always, after Muslims are caught plotting mass murder of innocent civilians in the West, the mainstream media focuses on Muslim fears of a backlash that hardly ever materializes. And here again, as always, the Muslims say nothing — nothing at all — about being spurred by the latest uncovered jihad plot to start working harder to identify jihad terrorists within their ranks and turn them over to authorities.
(AP) Name-calling, anxiety, fear and anger rippled through Britain on Sunday after three failed bomb attacks in London and Glasgow. Government and religious leaders appealed for calm, but some Muslims braced for a backlash â€” while some non-Muslims looked for someone to blame.
The attacks sparked scattered incidents of racist abuse on the streets of London, with young white men targeting Muslim taxi drivers and others of South Asian appearance. Glasgow lawmaker Mohammad Sarwar said some Muslims in Scotland had been threatened or targeted with abusive graffiti.
Oh, horror of horrors. Thousands of non-Muslims were targeted and threatened with mass murder. What does Sarwar have to say about what he plans to do to keep that from happening again?
“I have spoken to a number of people from the Muslim community and the Asian community who feel very angry,” he told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.
He said Scottish Muslim leaders were meeting in Glasgow to discuss the attacks’ impact on their community.
“They’re concerned about a backlash and that’s why the emergency meeting has been called.”
Muslim anger was directed at the terrorists â€” but also at a society some felt singles Muslims out for scrutiny whenever there is a terrorist attack.
“We are seething with anger about this,” said Osama Saeed, Scottish spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain.
“As a community not only are we just as likely to be victims as anyone else, but we are also looked to in order to provide direction and in some respects take responsibility for this,” he added.
“We are sick of being defined as a community by terrorism and having to answer for it.”
Then do more to prevent it, and voila! Insults and fears of backlash will evansce!
On an official level, government and Islamic groups say they have made great strides since July 7, 2005, when four British Muslims blew themselves up on the London transport system, killing 52 commuters.
In the weeks that followed, several mosques were attacked by arsonists, while others received hate mail. Some women reported having their traditional head scarves pulled off in the street.
Relations between the government and many British Muslims had already been strained by the unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Many Muslims also feel they were unfairly targeted for suspicion and have born the brunt of the government’s tough new anti-terror measures.
They are not being unfairly targeted for suspicion. How many British Hindus have plotted terror attacks? British Jews? British Anything Else But Muslims?
The government has made a point of reaching out to Muslim groups and consulting with umbrella organizations like the Muslim Council of Britain, which represents more than 400 affiliated mosques and organizations.
Gordon Brown, who took over as prime minister from Tony Blair on Wednesday, appointed Shahid Malik, an up-and-coming legislator from northern England, as the country’s first-ever Muslim government minister.
On Sunday, Brown stressed the need to isolate extremists from the broader Muslim community.
“We have got to separate those great moderate members of our community from a few extremists who wish to practice violence and inflict maximum loss of life in the interests of a perversion of their religion,” he said.
Yes, we keep hearing that. That sounds like what Blair said after 7/7. And now two years after that, how much progress have we made?
Useful idiots cue up to assist Islamic terrorists:
Apparently Alex Salmond holds to the Muslim Council of Britain’s view (via IslamOnline, LGF) that the terrorists in Britain could just as well be Buddhists. The problem with this is that, while no innocent people should be scapegoated, Salmond is just one of a long list of officials who refuse to face the fact that attackers such as those we have seen in Britain over the last few days couldn’t just as well be Buddhists, but rather arise from the Islamic community, and base their actions upon Islamic principles. Until officials get over their fear of “scapegoating” and deal with that realistically, we are going to see many more attacks. with thanks to
Scotland’s new First Minister, Alex Salmond, has promised that no community will be “scapegoated” because of the terror attack on Glasgow Airport.
After praising the response of the emergency services after a burning Jeep was rammed into the airport’s terminal building, he said the police would not be looking for scapegoats.
“Community bonds will remain strong,” he said.
He added that terror attacks were opportunistic rather than discriminatory and repeated calls for the public to remain vigilant.
Opportunistic rather than discriminatory? I’m not sure what that means, but perhaps Salmond is trying to say that Muslims might have been killed too, had all the plots been successful. And that is true, but they were nevertheless jihad plots, and ultimately can only be dealt with effectively as such.
LONDON (AFP) – London Mayor Ken Livingstone called on Britons Saturday not to demonize Muslims after a double car bomb plot was foiled in the capital, amid fears of a Islamist terror threat.
At the same time he criticized Britain over its ties with Saudi Arabia, which he said had fuelled intolerance in the past through its Wahhabist form of Islam, creating a “major problem.”
“In this city, Muslims are more likely to be law-abiding than non-Muslims and less likely to support the use of violence to achieve political ends than non-Muslims,” he told BBC Radio.
Really? And what terror plots have non-Muslims perpetrated recently in London?
Red Ken sees it all as a racial issue, when it is an ideological one. There is much in the jihad ideology that does make Muslims more of a threat to non-Muslim society than others are. But the Mayor has never examined the evidence for this, and probably never will.