Saturday, August 12, 2006

UK Muslim leaders issue warning to the UK.

UK: As usual tactics, its the old Do as we Muslim like or we can't control parts of our Muslim population that will declare jihad and blow people up routine. Its a disgusting ploy that uses Islamic terrorism to push their agenda by painting the entire Muslim population as ready made savages. Not one damn leader has come out yet to blast this move.

In an open letter they say British policy is putting civilians at increased risk in the UK and abroad. This is the text. Prime Minister, As British Muslims we urge you to do more to fight against all those who target civilians with violence, whenever and wherever that happens. It is our view that current British government policy risks putting civilians at increased risk both in the UK and abroad. To combat terror the government has focused extensively on domestic legislation. While some of this will have an impact, the government must not ignore the role of its foreign policy. The debacle of Iraq and now the failure to do more to secure an immediate end to the attacks on civilians in the Middle East not only increases the risk to ordinary people in that region, it is also ammunition to extremists who threaten us all. Attacking civilians is never justified. This message is a global one. We urge the Prime Minister to redouble his efforts to tackle terror and extremism and change our foreign policy to show the world that we value the lives of civilians wherever they live and whatever their religion. Such a move would make us all safer.
Full press on this tactic by MCB's Inayat Bunglawala in Times Online.
John Reid, the Home Secretary, denied the importance of the Iraq factor when he answered criticism that the Government was refusing to hold a public inquiry into the 7/7 attacks because it feared that it would fuel a debate about whether the war against Iraq had hindered us in the fight against terror. He said that Mohammed Sidique Khan, believed to be the ringleader of the 7/7 bombings, would have stated it explicitly in his final testament video that was broadcast on al-Jazeera if it were so. The truth is, it wasn’t mentioned, said Mr Reid. Less than two months later, on the eve of the first anniversary of the July bombings, a “martyr” video of Shehzad Tanweer was released. He explicitly invoked the war against Iraq. This should not be misinterpreted as an apologia for terrorism. It cannot be said enough that there can never be any justification for the deliberate killing of civilians. However, the Government needs to acknowledge that extremist groups have taken advantage of Britain’s role in the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq and Washington’s longstanding blind support for Israel as an opportunity to recruit more Muslims into their ranks. Poll after poll has shown that large majorities in the Muslim world believe that British and American foreign policy is hostile towards them and that the West regards the spilling of Muslim blood as being of little importance. Are such views really a caricature of the truth? By refusing to support calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Lebanon conflict, Tony Blair appeared to be giving a nod and a wink to the Israelis that they had more time to accomplish their military goals. There may be ministers who genuinely believe that the price to be paid for our policies overseas is worth it — but they should not insult the public’s intelligence by saying that they have had no impact on the terror threat that Britain is facing. The presumption now must be that al-Qaeda-inspired groups will keep on targeting Britain.

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