Responses to Islamic terror
As a terrorist observed, terrorists only have to be right once. The British public, police, and intelligence agencies have to be right every time.
The Daily Mail is now reporting that two doctors were among those believed involved in the plot to cause pain, fatalities and destruction. A third suspect, from Iraq, is supposed to have received asylum in Britain.
We described the ideology of Islamic terror and a possible response here. But it appears we are running out of time. Certain cultural, legal, and educational measures should have been in place ten or twenty years ago.
In an effort to be multicultural (the latter was a goal the British people were never asked about) Britain faces acute questions. Do British Muslims really want to live in Britain? Would they prefer to live elsewhere? Are they trying to conquer Britain from within? If they are not enthusiastic, if they prefer to live under sharia, or if their intention is to take over Britain, what are they doing in Britain?
A former jihadist, who dismisses the Mayor of London's idea that Britain's foreign policy has anything to do with Islamic terrorism in Britain, writes,
. . .on a historically unprecedented scale, Muslims in Britain have been allowed to assert their religious identity through clothing, the construction of mosques, the building of cemeteries and equal rights in law.
However, it isn't enough for responsible Muslims to say that, because they feel at home in Britain, they can simply ignore those passages of the Koran which instruct on killing unbelievers.
Because so many in the Muslim community refuse to challenge centuries-old theological arguments, the tensions between Islamic theology and the modern world grow larger every day.
I believe that the issue of terrorism can be easily demystified if Muslims and non-Muslims start openly to discuss the ideas that fuel terrorism.
Crucially, the Muslim community in Britain must slap itself awake from its state of denial and realise there is no shame in admitting the extremism within our families, communities and worldwide co-religionists.
If our country is going to take on radicals and violent extremists, Muslim scholars must go back to the books and come forward with a refashioned set of rules and a revised understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Muslims whose homes and souls are firmly planted in what I'd like to term the Land of Co-existence.
There are no answers yet because all the questions have not yet been asked.