Tuesday, June 06, 2006

New MCB leader, other Muslim leaders issue warnings.

UK: The new head of the MCB is playing the victim card nicely.

The new leader of Britain's biggest Muslim organisation said yesterday that trust between the police and the community affected by last week's terrorism raid in east London could break down. Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari was speaking after Scotland Yard insisted that it had "no choice" but to mount the armed raid last Friday, which led to a man being injured and had so far failed to uncover any terrorist material. ....n his first public engagement since his election as Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Dr Bari visited residents and businesses in the Forest Gate area. Before being taken behind a police cordon to speak to residents directly affected, Dr Bari met councillors to discuss disquiet in the area's Muslim community fuelled by conflicting reports in the media. Mohammed Abdul Kahar, 23, was shot in the shoulder during the operation in Lansdown Road in Forest Gate on Friday. Both he and his brother Abul Koyair, 20, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in a terrorist chemical plot. They are both being held at Paddington Green police station. But Dr Bari said members of the community were beginning to question what had taken place. Sitting in a sari shop Dr Bari said: "The message is the confusion, its the frustration and to some extent anger. "People want to know what exactly happened and about the intelligence - is it genuine information, is it flawed? These are the questions police have to answer as soon as possible. "Trust could be an issue. Trust could break down if things are not clarified as soon as possible." Many residents appeared preoccupied with the practical inconvenience of an ongoing police cordon. Yaqoob Kaduji said: "I am angry. I don't go shopping, I don't go to work. I am upset."
Inayat Bunglawala plays out the "watch yourself Britain" card as well.
"....Above all, the police need quality intelligence: it is their lifeblood. If they are seen to act on the basis of what later turns out to be flimsy evidence, it can only hamper their subsequent supply of intelligence, and it then becomes a kind of vicious circle. It is surely in all our interests that relations do not deteriorate between the police and British Muslims. In east London though, reporters have found that many Muslims, particularly among those born in the UK, are unhappy about the police tactics they saw on display and are beginning to give loud voice to their concerns."
MCB members better watch the tone. If there is another Islamic terrorist attack and Muslims again refuse to help the police again in matters of radical members living among them, play the victim card while still pushing subtle threats as above. There is going to be a huge backlash. You claim to be part of the U.K society, then start acting like it instead of a group that deserves special attention and hand holding.

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