The short arm of the law: Extremists still riding roughshod over British authorities

British authorities act with cowardice when confronting extremists who attempt to use our own liberalism against us

Anjem Choudary, the former head of al-Muhajiroun in the UK
Raheem Kassam
On 21 April 2011 10:38

I’ve just received a press release. It’s from an organisation called, "Muslims against Crusades".  It’s long, tedious and full of misnomers (and grammatical errors).  It’s amateurish, offensive, degrading and perverse, and was written by none other than the ‘lecturer in Shariah law’ and former head of the banned Islamist terror group ‘al-Muhajiroun’.  That’s right – Anjem Choudary has once again reared his ugly head in another attempt to "astroturf" anger within the British Muslim community. 

Firstly, let’s be clear.  Setting up four or five different organisations and claiming to be the head of them all smacks of desperation.  It’s pseudo-campaigning and undermines whatever cause you’re attempting to champion.  But that’s an aside. 

This latest endeavour by Choudary includes a rather impressive (in a design sense only) website which serves to foment hatred within the Muslim community and effectively, endorse high treason.  

Various poorly-scripted videos detail how the ‘Muslims against Crusades’ intend to ‘reconcile’ the current situation in Muslim countries – farcically citing the ‘democratic’ Wikileaksorganisation and calling on non-Muslims to ‘reject the tyranny of man-made law’.  In the interests of brevity; here’s a link to the website.  Check out the Gaddafi-inspired nonsensical rants for yourself.

But this is pretty standard fare for the Islamist UK posse.  And not surprisingly so.  There’s scarcely the intellectual capacity within their midst to read the teleprompters in front of them without tripping over difficult words such as ‘Metropolitan Police’ and ‘the Queen’.  So what’s my real beef?

Well you see, we have a law against treason in this great country.  Asserting that ‘Allah is sovereign’ while spreading imagery of burning crowns and Union flags is tantamount to just that.  They are blatantly calling for a violent end to the monarchy and to UK democracy – to be replaced no doubt with Shariah law, hook-handed zealots and the oppression of women, gays and non-Muslims... this is beginning to sound a lot like Iran – who wouldn’t want to live there?

And yet Anjem Choudary and his ilk have the gall to invoke the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights just sentences away from threats against the British people.  They want the freedom to say and act how they want. But heaven forbid the British public elects politicians to act on their behalf.  His response to such an absurd notion is as follows:

‘Events such as the Royal Wedding will always be prime targets for the likes of Al-Qaeda’.  

Could that be because he is the voice of modern, Western jihadism?  And is it because he insists on targeting such events that those with a sympathetic ear follow through on such recommendations?  I leave the answer to you, though I would refer those interested in the mindset of these individuals to Richard Le Gallienne's translation of the Rubaiyat of OmarKhayyam.  Strong words to be sure, but the risks should be clear to everyone.

The British authorities must step up to the plate when dealing with these people.  Seemingly, Her Majesty’s Government has no gumption when it comes to confronting extremists or even terrorists.  

Afraid that they might be labeled ‘Islamophobic’ or illiberal, authorities continue to allow the dissemination of jihadist propaganda.  I can download countless articles, essays and images on UK-based websites, promoting the destruction of the United Kingdom, insisting that young British Muslims should ‘rise up and fight against the crusaders’ and in the worst cases there are grave, sickening images glorifying acts of terrorism.

These guys make it their life work to travel to mosques, universities and community centres around the country extolling the virtues of Anwar al-Awlaki or Moqtada al-Sadr.  It’s time we confronted them head on. 

The first step is to recognise that in reality, they’re not representative of British Muslims.  No one is.  Nor should any one person or group seek to be.  As many fanatic Imams might call the various sects a bunch of heretics, the same assertion can and should be made the opposite way against extremists who pervert Islam for political gain.  Neither are they 'peaceful protestors'.  Violent imagery and talk of disruption as an end in itself are pivotal to their cause.  Security services should take note of how that simply does not correlate to legislation on the congregation of a protest in the United Kingdom and make clear that they are not welcome to incite hatred on the streets of Britain.  

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