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July 26, 2005

An eerie message from the past

From an April 7th, 2004 story on FoxNews.com...

The recent arrests of nine British Muslims and the capture of half a ton of bomb-making fertilizer are raising fears of a homegrown terrorist threat.

Days after the arrests, an angry crowd burned a British flag outside a central London mosque.

The fear of Al Qaeda dispatching foot soldiers to Britain for suicide missions has morphed into a real concern about an enemy within, according to interviews with Britons and security experts. Homegrown terrorists are a growing worry for the British government and its citizens.

Why didn't the British government do more to address the problem?  There as here, they had a loud contingent of whiners who argued any attempt at making the general public secure, threatened Moslems. That's what the non-Moslem whiners were saying. The Moslems? From the same story...

"I think Tony Blair is playing with fire and if you play with fire, it's only a matter of time before he gets burnt," said Khalid Kelly, an Irish convert to Islam who lives in Britain.

And while such extremists are ratcheting up the angry rhetoric and insisting that Muslims are at war with the ways of the West, moderate Muslim voices are saying such talk is totally un-Islamic.

"We need to isolate these people. More and more young people need to speak out against these elements, that they are nothing to do with Islam," said Iqbal Sacranie of the Muslim Council of Britain.

Just last week, the Muslim Council appealed to 1,000 mosques in London to begin preaching that terrorism is wrong and take action against extremists.

There still is no clear idea of how many Moslems are being represented by either side. The reason is that most Moslems themselves remain silent, letting other speak. Unfortunately, the “others” that do most of the speaking are those condemning the West and calling for violence.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 26, 2005 08:56 AM

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