Ali Miraj is a young British Muslim who may go places in the British Conservative Party. He has been twice endorsed by the Conservatives to contest Parliamentary elections and is a board member of the Conservative Party Policy Review on International and National Security. He has written an article in the conservative Daily Telegraph in the immediate aftermath of the airliner bombing plot, headlined: “Muslim anger must be recognized.” He says a recent poll indicates more than 100,000 of 1.6 million Muslims in Britain see nothing wrong with terrorism against Britain such as the 7/7 train bombings (some others put the number higher).p>He continues that in many mosques up and down the country, br> /p>
We are constantly reminded that there is a perpetual battle between the righteous (Muslims) and the “kuffar” (non-believers). You will find no “love thy neighbor” sermons of the kind I heard as a child at an Anglican primary school.br> He then got down to what might be seen as the nitty-gritty:
In addition to this, anti-Jewish sentiment appears to be hard-wired into a number of Muslims I meet. At the last general election, I remember being told by some of Watford’s taxi drivers, slurping the froth from their pints of lager, that they could not vote for me as the leader of my party, Michael Howard, was a Jew.
But it is the foreign policy pursued by the US and Britain, not deprivation or a clash of values, in my view, that is the principal catalyst of radicalization. A leaked Home Office report on relations with the Muslim community from 2004 itself recognized the ‘perception of double standards in British foreign policy.’br> So, surprise! Surprise! Islamic terrorism is the West’s fault. In Britain it is also, it seems, Tony Blair’s fault for being insufficiently opposed to Israel. Mr. Miraj continues: “There is no doubt that all British Muslims, not just their self-proclaimed leaders, must to do more to combat intolerance in their midst. That task is made more difficult when, despite all the mass protests against the war in Iraq, the Government is seen not to have listened.”
Tony Blair argues that Muslims have a “false sense of grievance” towards the West. He is wrong. The overwhelming majority of Muslims find themselves on a continuum ranging from “deeply upset” to “extremely angry.”
The sense of frustration at the injustice faced by Muslims across the world as a consequence of the foreign policies of the West (principally the US) is palpable. Mr. Blair’s refusal to call for an immediate ceasefire in response to the current war in Lebanon only reinforces the view held by more than half of British Muslims that the war on terror is a war on Islam …
While he acknowledges that Blair did call for the intervention in Kosovo to save Muslim lives, this evidently does not win him or his Government much gratitude: “The Government must recognize the anger that its foreign policies arouse. There is much talk of strengthening the [Muslim] moderates and rooting out extremists, but policy-makers should be aware of how rapidly the moderates are becoming frustrated. The disturbing reality is that as their frustration grows, so will the fringe prepared to resort to violence.”
Shortly after this, James Chapman reported in the Daily Mail on the outcome of talks between about 30 prominent moderate Muslim leaders and British “Communities Secretary” Ruth Kelly aimed at defusing extremism and encouraging Muslim moderation. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott also attended. Some of the Muslim leaders at this meeting of minds, for their part, made a series of demands including official Muslim religious holidays in Britain and Sharia law.
Chapman reported: “Dr. Syed Aziz Pasha, secretary general of the Union of Muslim Organizations of the UK and Ireland, said: ‘We told her if you give us religious rights, we will be in a better position to convince young people that they are being treated equally along with other citizens.’”p>This of course implies that Moslems are not being given religious rights at present, though how this fits in with “Mosques up and down the country” (there are now several thousand) I am not sure. I have written elsewhere of such bizarre recent cases as an English lady being forced by police to remove a collection of toy china pigs from her front window in case passing Muslims saw them and were offended, and prison officers being prohibited from wearing Cross of St. George badges because of alleged Crusader associations — I have a thick file of things like this. Chapman continued: br> /p>
Dr. Pasha said Miss Kelly had agreed to look at the proposals, though her spokesman insisted later that she did not favor any legal change which would give ‘special treatment’ for the Muslim community.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online