Until this morning, I had not noticed a piece that appeared in the London Evening Standard last week entitled ‘Anger still felt among our young Muslim men’. This report dealt with current attitudes in the Beeston area of Leeds, which possessed an intimate link with the 7/7 attacks and still possesses a (growing) Muslim population. Kiran Randhawa (interestingly, her surname means “battle leader”) afforded a certain Muslim community leader (hey, don’t these people have local councils like everyone else in the UK, or is it just that they prefer to possess a parallel tribalist apparatus of social governance and control?) named Akhlaq Mir an opportunity to voice ‘community’ grievances. He stated:
There are still feelings there that triggered the bombings. As far as the Muslim youth are concerned, our soldiers are out in Afghanistan killing people every day and they are angry and they are frustrated.Unsurprisingly, he and two other men – the Imam Kasim Nasir and Muslim youth worker Fahad Khan – sought to use this assertion as a basis for seeking to leverage money and resources from the Government. We all know that the sole reason underpinning the actions of the 7/7 bombers was an adherence to doctrinaire Islam. That’s it. There’s nothing more to it. The men who carried out these bombings were ideologically motivated. They alone were responsible for their own actions. However Mir, who is chairman of an education centre in north Leeds, isn’t having any of this:
We try to educate them, we tell them what Islam says. But the fear is always there that some of them will follow a path that they shouldn't. The Government needs to do more, to provide projects like ours with funding and also give some of these young people a voice, so they can vent their anger and feel like they are being listened to without resorting to violence.Give them a voice? What does he mean? We have elections in this country. People have the right to demonstrate and to debate using the spoken and written word. Constituents can write to their MP or local councillor if they wish to raise certain issues. They can write to the press or blog. If they don’t like this way of life then fine: nobody is compelling them to stay here. There are plenty of countries which have Shariah. Should they not consider setting up home in one of those, such as the one from which their family originated for example?
What Randhawa’s article shows is the fact that significant numbers of Muslims in Leeds (and elsewhere) are temperamentally predisposed towards attacking non-Muslim British citizens. This identification of we non-Muslims as “the enemy” arises directly from their reading of the Qur’an, for that book tells them to dominate all non-Muslims using whatever means necessary. Furthermore, it also demonstrates that influential so-called ‘moderate’ Muslims are willing to use this fact as a cynical ploy to bid for funds for their own pet projects at a time when core public services are being cut and taxes increased for all of us. Two words spring to mind which seem to aptly summarise their approach in this game: blackmail and intimidation. The way to prevent future suicide bombings is to remove their cause: Islam. How about funding projects aimed at mass apostasy amongst the Muslim population? Now, that’s what I’d call a worthwhile and productive approach.