"Dr Lambert won praise from Muslims, even those who have criticised police…."

Good Dhimmi, this Dr Lambert.

You can bet your last dollar that the good doctor never bothered to read the Koran and the hadith. But mind you, he knows all about terrorism and what’s causing it. In the eyes of this eager to please busybody any opposition to the global jihad, any resistance to Islamic conquest & supremacy is, you guessed it: “counterproductive…”

Yes indeed.  Doctor Lambert is so eager to please that he even won praise from Muslims, and he is proud of it.  Going after Islamic terrorists creates more Islamic terrorists, so why don’t we just back off  and  “show those communities that their grievances can be expressed legitimately….?”

Amazing stuff from a guy who was entrusted with protecting the British people from Islamic terrorism. This is wakademic befuddlement at its worst, read it and weep:

Terrorism policy flaws ‘increased risk of attacks’, says former police chief

Comments about ‘neo-conservative’ direction of fight against terror mark five years since 7 July bombings

Vikram Dodd/The Guardian

Britain’s fight against terrorism has been a disaster, because its “flawed, neo-conservative” direction alienated Muslims and increased the chances of terrorist attacks, a former leading counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian.

So much dhimmitude is exemplary. No wonder  others eagerly follow suit:

Speaking to mark today’s fifth anniversary of the 7 July attacks in London, Dr Robert Lambert said the atrocity had led the Labour government to launch not just the publicly declared battle against al-Qaida, but a much wider counter-subversive campaign that targeted non-violent Muslims and branded them as supporters of violence.

Lambert, now an academic, served for 30 years as an officer in Scotland Yard’s special branch, dealing with the threat from Irish Republican terrorism through to the menace from al-Qaida.

He was head of a counter-terrorism squad, the Muslim contact unit (MCU), which gained intelligence on violent extremists, and won praise from Muslims, even those who have criticised police.

Lambert said the Labour government adopted a “flawed, neo-con analysis to react to 7 July. The view was that this is such an evil ideology, we are entitled to derogate from human rights considerations even further.”

The effect of this, said Lambert, was to cast the net too wide: “The [British] analysis was a continuation of the [US] analysis after 9/11, which drove the war on terror, to say al-Qaida is a tip of a dangerous Islamist iceberg … we went to war not against terrorism, but against ideas, the belief that al-Qaida was a violent end of a subversive movement.”

Lambert said this approach alienated British Muslims, as those who expressed views such as opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, also held by non-Muslims, feared that holding such beliefs made them suspects.

“The best way of tackling al-Qaida is to reassure the communities where it seeks support and recruits, is to show those communities that their grievances can be expressed legitimately,” Lambert said.

His comments come as Andy Hayman, the former assistant commissioner who led the 7/7 investigation, warns in the Times that Britain remains “under severe risk” from terror attacks.

“There are now probably more radicalised Muslims, their attack plans are more adventurous and the UK still remains under severe risk,” Hayman said.

Five years ago today, four Britons inspired, and some trained, by al-Qaida exploded homemade bombs on three London Underground trains and a bus. They killed themselves, murdered 52 people and injured 750 more.

Lambert said the government was desperate to deny that British foreign policy drove sections of the Muslim community to support or sympathise with al-Qaida. He continued: “What the bombers did, and what al-Qaida does successfully, is to exploit widely held grievances. That should not be difficult to grasp. The last government spent most of the last five years denying that, looking for other narratives to explain what had happened.”

“All this is happening under the shadow of military action … with terrorist groups planning to legitimise their attacks in the UK on the basis of what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Lambert said the government’s decision to go down the wrong path took the police with them. Senior officers could have done more to tell the government their policies were making the task harder by alienating Muslims. “We could see the Bush-Rumsfeld approach would be counter-productive and impact on us as police officers in London. “There is still a duty on the police to let government know what the impact of their policies are, a duty on the police to report the damaging impact on Muslim community support.”

Lambert was awarded an MBE for his work heading the MCU and retired in 2007. He said the fight needed to focus solely on the terrorists, and not on those who may share some of their political views, but who will express them peacefully. He said that British policies handed the terrorists propaganda victories. Such policies included the Iraq war, civilian casualties in Afghanistan, the torture of terror suspects at Guantánamo and elsewhere, rendition, the muted response to Israel’s attack on Lebanon and the attempt to hold terror suspects in the UK for 90 days without charge.

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