It would be a breath of fresh air to get rid of all the obscurantism Â when it comes to the so-called ‘faith’ of 1.5 gazillion mad muslims. Â ‘Radical’ Islam, ‘Extremism’, ‘militants’, ‘fundamentalist’, Islamofascism, whatever you call it, there is only Islam, and that’s it. Ask Turkish wannabe caliph Tayyip Erdogan, he’ll tell ya.
A study by the University of Melbourne’s David Maletâ€”Foreign Fighters: Transnational Identity in Civil Conflictsâ€”looking at “outside combatants” in conflicts across the past 200 years has found foreign fighters are becoming an increasing menace in countries such as Australia and more needs to be done to keep them engaged in the country in which they are citizens…
Dr Malet argues that insurgent groups would have a harder time conscripting fighters if the likely recruits had a stronger sense of citizenship in their own country.
“While some view nationalism as a threatening phenomenon, it presents an alternative to transnationalism, which is a driving force behind the rise of foreign fighters,” he said.
Add this to my own internal identity crisis – I didn’t know if I was British or Pakistani, Muslim or agnostic – and my disenfranchisement from mainstream society was complete.
However, it’s what happened next that sealed my fate. I needed someone who could guide a broken and confused 16-year-old. Instead, I came across a charismatic recruiter espousing HT’s cause who sold me the ideology of Islamism in the name of Islam.
But Islamism is not Islam. Islamism is the politicisation of Islam, the desire to impose a version of this ancient faith over society. To achieve this, Islamism uses political grievances, such as mine, to alienate and then provide an alternative sense of belonging to vulnerable young Muslims. Preying on the grievances of disaffected young men is the bedrock of Islamism.
Like all bigoted ideologies, it plays on the identity politics game, creating a “them and us”, in order to provide a home for the “us” against the alien “other” and control the community by acting as the sole “representative” of Muslims.
‘Them and us?’Â They don’t have to ‘create’ it. Its Islam 101. Its the fundamental building block of Islam.
One of the Woolwich jihadists ranted to onlookers: “You” have occupied “Our” lands. Spreading this sense of exclusive Muslim victimhood is crucial to the radicalisation process.
No. Its not. Islam causes the ‘radicalisation process’. Nothing else.
I’VE seen this before. A Muslim terrorist slays a non-Muslim citizen in the West, and representatives of the Muslim community rush to dissociate themselves and their faith from the horror.
After British soldier Lee Rigby was hacked to death last week in south London, Julie Siddiqi, for the Islamic Society of Britain, stepped before the microphones to attest that all good Muslims were “sickened” by the attack, “just like everyone else”.
This happens every time. Muslim men wearing suits and ties or women wearing stylish headscarves are sent out to reassure the world that these attacks have no place in real Islam, that they are aberrations and corruptions of the true faith.
But then what to make of Omar Bakri? He, too, claims to speak for the true faith, though he was unavailable for cameras in England last week because the Islamist group he founded, Al Muhajiroun, was banned in Britain in 2010. Instead, he talked to the media from Tripoli in Lebanon, where he now lives.
Michael Adebolajo – who was seen on a video at the scene of the Woolwich murder, talking to the camera while displaying his bloody hands and a meat cleaver – was Bakri’s student a decade ago… The teacher was impressed to see in the grisly video how far his shy disciple had come, “standing firm, courageous, brave. Not running away… May God reward (Adebolajo) for his actions . . . I don’t see it as a crime as far as Islam is concerned.”
The question requiring an answer at this moment in history is clear: which group of leaders really speaks for Islam. The officially approved spokesmen for the “Muslim community”? Or the manic street preachers of political Islam who indoctrinate, encourage and train the killers – then bless their bloodshed?…
Of course, the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not terrorists or sympathetic to terrorists. Equating all Muslims with terrorism is stupid and wrong. But acknowledging there is a link between Islam and terror is appropriate and necessary.
TENSIONS over the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby rose yesterday with a firebomb attack on an Islamic building, the defacing of war memorials and various protest marches…
There were also marches by the English Defence League and associated right-wing groups. In the largest, EDL supporters chanted anti-Muslim slogans and clashed with police and anti-fascists outside Downing Street…
The rallies came as Scotland Yard made its 10th arrest since the soldier was murdered in Woolwich, southeast London.
A 50-year-old man was being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. He was arrested in nearby Welling after buying a newspaper. A local address was being searched. A 22-year-old man, arrested on Sunday in Highbury Grove, North London, was still being questioned on suspicion of the same offence. Six other men, all in their 20s, have been arrested and bailed, while two women arrested last week face no further action.