Here he is:
â€¢ Two more men arrested over Airport attack bringing total under currently under arrest to seven
â€¢ Police search second house in Newcastle-under-Lyme
â€¢ Section of Royal Alexandra Hospital cordoned off as bomb disposal squad called in
â€¢ Kurdish terror group is linked to London attacks
The suspected ringleader of the Al Qaeda car bombers is a brilliant neurologist working for the NHS, it was revealed today.
Saudi Mohammed Asha, 26, was arrested with his 27-year-old wife, who was in traditional Muslim dress, on the M6 in Cheshire on Saturday night.
The development comes as a section of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley was cordoned off while a bomb disposal squad was called in.
Dr Asha came top of his class at the University of Jordan in 2004 with an “excellent score” and has been practising in Britain since 2005.
Police hunting for the terror cell behind the failed London and Glasgow bombings are searching his detached home in cul-de-sac Sunningdale Grove in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
Neighbours said they believed Dr Asha and his wife have one young child. The General Medical Council said Dr Asha holds a provisional registration which enabled him to work in the NHS under supervision.
Full report here from the Daily Mail
‘Free Speech is non-negotiable’
Christopher Hitchens “from the United States” (Hitchens is now an American citizen) debates the Baroness Williams on British TV on the question of whether Salman Rusdie’s knighthood was an affront to Muslims worldwide.
The video is principally interesting as a glimpse into attitudes in Blighty. Of course the killer line is Hitchen’s, when he points out to Baroness Williams that all the literary lions of the Islamic world had signed a petition in support of an Iranian author who had been condemned by fatwa, turning to her and saying, (I paraphrase) “So if you think that Muslims are offended by free expression then you are lumping them all with the most illiterate, backward and homicidal elements of the Muslim world. With people who didn’t read the book — who in fact couldn’t read a book — that identification of Muslims with stupidity and not Rusdie’s knighthood is the insult to Islam.” I think the remark captures the patronizing liberal attitude toward the Third World perfectly. On some subconscious level it is necessary for the people of the Third World — as were the “masses” in history — to be understood as something less than the human in order to make their manipulation from the Commanding Heights more palatable; and yes, “noble”.
* UK polit-props are literally pissing all over themselves to reassure Muslims that there will be ‘no backlash’-
But some Muslim leaders expressed concern that the community would be more at risk to racist attacks. Imam Abdul Ghafoor, one of the spiritual leaders at Glasgow Central Mosque, said he had already heard reports from Asian shopkeepers of verbal abuse and racist graffiti appearing in response to the attempted car bombings.
Mr Saeed, who was at Glasgow Airport with his two young children picking up relatives shortly before the attack, stressed that Muslims were at risk from terrorist attacks along with other Scots. “The terrorists do not care who they kill. We are seething with anger about this,” he said.
BRITISH MUSLIMS MUST SHOW WHICH SIDE THEY ARE ON
WHERE are the marches and demonstrations, the passionate speeches and angry slogans?
Where are the protesters shouting “not in my name”?
Usually so quick to take to the streets at any perceived slight against their religion, all too many Muslims in Britain seem indifferent to attempted mass slaughter being carried out in the name of Islam.
When an obscure Danish newspaper published a satirical cartoon of the prophet Mohammed last year, there were such huge Muslim rallies that central London was brought to a halt on three successive weekends.
Yet the serious terrorist incidents of recent days have incurred no such heated response. In some cases, there was an outright attempt to deny Muslim responsibility. The deputy general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, Daud Abdullah, came out with this preposterous statement after the London bombings had been foiled: “Let’s not create a hypothetical problem. It can be the work of Muslims, Christians, Jews or Buddhists.”
We will not win with yet more appeasement of Islam
To make such an assertion after the record of Islamic terrorist barbarity across the globe over the past decade is an insult to our intelligence. Elsewhere, half-hearted words of condemnation were mixed with the inevitable self- justifying blather about Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan.
This points to a worrying state of denial within the Muslim community in Britain. Too often, there is a shameful unwillingness to face up to the reality of murderous Islamism, which uses the Koran as a blueprint for terrorism. As the former radical Hassan Butt, who has now renounced jihadism, puts it: “Most Islamic institutions in Britain just don’t want to talk about theology.â€‚They refuse to broach the difficult topic of violence within Islam.”
Even when Muslims admit to the link between their religion and political violence, they slide into the pose of victimhood, pretending that the actions of the terrorists are only a response to poverty or US imperialism.
What is just as sickening is that some of our key political leaders, who should be protecting our society, collude with this grotesque narrative of denial and blame-passing.â€‚So in Scotland, shortly after the assault on Glasgow airport, the new First Minister Alex Salmond claimed that “individuals, not communities” were responsible for terrorism, a piece of nonsense given that it is the Muslim community that has bred the terrorists.
In London, Mayor Ken Livingstone was even more reprehensible.â€‚He dismissed the idea of any connection between Islam and terrorism, claiming that: “Muslims are less likely to support the use of violence to achieve political ends than non-Muslims.” Yeah, right, tell that to the relatives of those killed in the July bombings, or the Twin Towers, or the Bali attacks or the Madrid massacre.â€‚Or tell it to your own Metropolitan Police, which says there are at least 2,000 Muslims in Britain linked directly to Al Qaeda. Then Livingstone sought to excuse the bombers by referring to the war in Iraq and to levels of unemployment among young Muslims, both of which had left them alienated from our society.
This is a seriously warped analysis. Hardline Islamists are alienated from the British mainstream because of their own sick, divisive ideology. They are the ones who constantly seek separation, demand special treatment and hold our democratic civilisation in contempt.
Their so-called “disenfranchisement” is entirely of their own making. Violent jihadism was occurring long before Britain and America toppled Saddam Hussein.â€‚The continual wailing about Iraq also points to the dubious loyalty of too many British Muslims, who seem to have more sympathy with a cruel dictatorship than with their own nation.â€‚Let us remember that, despite the abuse heaped on Bush and Blair, almost all the carnage in Iraq has been caused by Muslims killing fellow Muslims.
They have a nerve complaining about their lot, when it is their co-religionists who have built a climate of fear in our society, murdered scores of innocent British civilians and brought chaos to our transport network.â€‚Rather than moaning, Muslims should take res pon sibility for reforming their own religion. For there is something rotten with the state of Islam in modern Britain.
We can see that not just in the propensity of radicals to resort to mass murder but also in the repression of women, the spate of “honour” killings, the shrill demands for the imposition of separatist sharia law, the refusal to integrate and the eagerness to cling to alien customs, such as the wearing of full Islamic dress.
All Western countries have had some problems with Muslim communities. But it is telling that in the US, where there is a far stronger sense of national identity, Muslims are much more integrated.
In contrast, the British official state creed of multiculturalism has encouraged victimhood and alienation, through the provision of separate housing, faith schools, language translation, support for mosques, grants to ethnic groups and the abandonment of border controls.
Home-grown terrorism is the price we are paying. And we will not win with yet more appeasement of Islam.â€‚Muslims’ grievances are nothing more than the expression of regret that they do not control our society. We have to fight back, and that means abandoning multi-culturalism, cracking down on immigration and re-establishing a sense of national identity. Those Muslims who are really opposed to terrorism will join in this struggle, not sit sullenly on the sidelines.