British Muslim leaders to Prime Minister: ‘Change your foreign policy or we’ll blow you up’.
This letter could (and should) have been an opportunity for the UK’s leading Muslims to unequivocally condemn terrorist atrocities against British citizens. Instead, the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Peers of the Realm, and Muslim Labour MPs have indicated that they believe there to be justification for blowing up women, children and other innocents. They express distaste for the strategy with a series of qualifying ‘buts’. To paraphrase them further:
September 11th was unacceptable, but so is US and British policy in Palestine;
July 7th was unjust, but so was the war with Iraq;
Suicide bombing is appalling, but so is British support for Israel's bombing of Lebanon.
These ‘buts’ do not dissuade the terrorists; they justify their acts by implying that the UK's foreign policy is linked to the terror threat, from which we must infer that such policy must be changed if we are to avoid being blown to kingdom come. Neither foreign policy nor any other policy should be shaped under the threat of terrorist activity. According to Government figures, there are presently 1.6 million Muslims living in the UK. Of these, around 25% profess a degree of sympathy with such terrorist activity. This means that the foreign policy of 60 million British people is being hijacked by around 400,000 Muslims, or less than 0.7% of the population. This stark reality needs to be confronted forcefully, directly, and with no consideration for over-sensitised ‘political correctness’.