British PM says Kenya Islamist terrorists don't represent Islam. Hold on, who's he to say?
We've heard this "they're-not-real-Muslims" line many times since 9/11. Last time I heard, the British PM was not a scholar of Islam. So, what's he playing at?
Quickly, as The Commentator has asked of me, on the blog part of their site. OK. There is a tragedy in Nairobi that all decent people will and should condemn. Al-Shabab, an extreme Islamist terror -- "militant" in the BBC's lexicon -- group has killed at least 68 people in a shopping centre massacre in the Kenyan capital.
This is news worldwide. Since three Britons were amongst the dead, British Prime Minister David Cameron has understandably made a sincere (and that is not doubted) statement condemning and lamenting this terrible tragedy.
But please explain this (reporting from the BBC, who else?):
"These appalling terrorist attacks that take place where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of a religion - they don't," said Prime Minister Cameron.
"They do it in the name of terror, violence and extremism and their warped view of the world. They don't represent Islam or Muslims in Britain or anywhere else in the world."
Hold on David. Since when did you become a scholar of Islam?
We've heard this "they're-not-real-Muslims" line many times since 9/11. But since they claim to be doing what they're doing in the name of Islam; since they're Muslims; and since they're obviously prepared to die for their religion, even as they kill others, it's not clear to me why we should listen to the secular-fudgey-quasi-Christian Prime Minister of Britain rather than them concerning their Islamic identity.
These thoughts would certainly be lost in Number 10 Downing Street, and equally certainly at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I'm just wondering whether outside the seats of power of the Prime Minister of Great Britain and the President of the United States, anyone else, at all, gets my drift?
Or perhaps, we just give up?
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