Playing the terror card
Posted by rantingkraut on September 12, 2006
David Cameron decided to commemorate 9/11 by keeping his distance from the US. On the eve of this day, an even more tactless commemoration came from the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Muhammad Abdul Bari. Abdul Bari accused the British media of promoting Islamophobia by reporting on successful and abortive terrorist activities. He also predicted that Britain’s ‘Muslim community’ would become generally supportive of terrorism, lest the media become more respectful of muslims:
“If that demonisation continues, then Britain will have to deal with two million Muslim terrorists — 700,000 of them in London”
It seems to have escaped Abdul Bari that the media have done little more than reporting the facts –i.e. incidents which actually happened. If anything, they have bent over backwards not to offend Muslims. Against this background, Abdul Bari’s remarks simply amount to a demand for self censorship.
These demands should not surprise anyone. Abdul Bari has previously demanded that the people of Britain live their lives according to Islam’s religious prescriptions. The strategy he is using is likewise well worn. While just avoiding to endorse terrorism, a
threat warning is issued that more terrorist activity will follow unless Muslim demands –as expressed by the community leader that be- are accommodated. Where terrorist attacks are thin on the ground, riots may do: the analysis of the Paris riots’ ‘root causes’ easily translates into ‘give us jobs or we’ll burn some more cars’. Abdul Bari’s demands likewise translate into ‘shut up or get blown up’ backed up by a thinly veiled ‘give us quotas or else…’:
“Islamophobia was also making it hard for Muslims to rise to senior jobs, and unemployment among Muslims was far higher than the national average.
He called for more Muslim representation in the police force, Parliament and other areas of public life. “Young Muslims need role models to show them they can play a part in British society.”
Of course he won’t blow anyone up and of course he doesn’t want any more terror attacks –he’s just using the prospect while it suits him.
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