Terrorism threatens every community

Anyone keen to learn more about the Islamist mindset could do a lot worse than read Ed Husain’s book, The Islamist. The author makes it clear that the extremist and dangerous views of organisations such as Hizb ut Tahrir pose a threat, not just to western white people, but to Asians and Muslims throughout the world and in the UK.

At the launch two years ago of Muslim Friends of Labour in Glasgow, I found myself talking to a young Scottish woman of Pakistani origin sitting beside me. I apologised for the fact that I would have to leave early to go to BBC Scotland to be interviewed by Kirsty Wark on Newsnight.
“On what subject?” she asked.
Admittedly defensively, I replied: “I’m defending 90 days detention.”
“Quite right,” she said. “Remind her that Muslims died on 7/7 too.”

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2 responses to “Terrorism threatens every community

  1. goodtimepolitics

    Why is it that Obama does not like his middle name “Hussein”? Is it because its a muslim name or is he being racist?
    http://goodtimepolitics.com/2008/06/09/barack-obama-sets-up-internet-war-room/

  2. “The author makes it clear that the extremist and dangerous views of organisations such as Hizb ut Tahrir pose a threat”

    I’m not sure that ‘views’, however extremist, can ever be dangerous. What is dangerous is people taking them seriously and trying to implement them.

    I think that organisations like Hizb ut Tahrir, just as the BNP, have a right to speak. But I can’t see why that compels newspapers to give them coverage and students’ unions to invite them as speakers. No Platform these people.

    “I replied: “I’m defending 90 days detention.”
    “Quite right,” she said. “Remind her that Muslims died on 7/7 too.” ”

    What I don’t see is how the 90 days was in any way relevant to the attacks, save for the fact that the government, without evidence, said that they were.

    The argument that terrorism=bad for us all (‘Muslims died on 7/7 too’) does not imply that 90 days is the solution.

    The argument is a classic and obvious non-sequitur.

    Unfortunately the Govt. continues to make policy in the absence of any supported reasoning, at the same time giving lesser priority to the negative effects the measure could have… which happen to be far more obvious and likely than the dubious prospect of any positive ones.

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