Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Londonistan and the threat of radical Islam

Simon Heffer:

Londonistan: How Britain is creating a terror state from within is written by a seasoned observer of radical Islam, Melanie Phillips.

I must declare an interest: she and I were colleagues, are friends, and I defer to few in my admiration for her relentless logic and the courage and persistence with which she expresses it.

Perhaps it would be truer to say "tries to express it". She had difficulty finding a publisher for a book that is well researched (complete with extensive footnotes) and finely written. The newspaper for which she writes a column has yet to print a syllable about this achievement by one of its own.

And when Miss Phillips is allowed on to the BBC - for some years she has been a regular on Radio 4's The Moral Maze - it is usually only when she is outnumbered by those who regard her as a crackpot or a spokesman for the international Jewish conspiracy.

I point this out not merely to describe the difficulty she has had in exercising her freedom of speech on an issue that causes her to fear for the future security and safety of her country and its people, but to give a flavour of the resistance in Britain to statements of the obvious when they conflict with the deeply held bigotries of the bien-pensant class.

Miss Phillips's book details the many warnings given to this country, not just after the attack on America in 2001, but before it, from 1994 onwards, about the intentions of radical Islam.

Politicians, policemen, officials in Whitehall, journalists and academics all rubbished them. The result was that a small and poisonous group of people whose aim was to Islamify British society - by violent means, if necessary - were allowed to flourish on our soil.

Miss Phillips refers, in a particularly powerful passage, to the "dirty little secret" kept by the Establishment during the late 1990s and at the start of this decade. It was that, as a nation that prided itself on its tolerance, multiculturalism and freedom of speech, we would allow those extremists forced out of their own countries in the Muslim world to come to settle here, and to engage in their radical activities.

In return, there was a "covenant" to which they would keep, and by which they would live in "peace" here with our people.

Once Tony Blair agreed to support America in Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks, that covenant, according to Miss Phillips, was unilaterally torn up.

Ever since then, there has been a dichotomy in mainstream British society. With varying degrees of clumsiness, honesty and transparency, the Government has identified and admitted a threat to our way of life from a small minority of radical Islamists.

In opposition to this view are pacifists, anti-racists, radical Marxists, anarchists, anti-Blairists and others of varying degrees of conviction and opportunism who see any attempt by the state to try to limit the incidence of terrorism as an assault on civil rights. They have branded the two brothers in the Forest Gate raid "victims" - a word used by the chairman of their press conference yesterday. It is a word that is clearly losing its force in our language. There seems to be a pursuit of moral equivalence with the more usual idea of a "victim" of terror.

Miss Phillips's contention is that we were, and still are, a country in denial about the threat from radical Islam. The reaction to the recent raid exemplifies this. First, we failed to implement basic border controls.

Then we tolerated extremism for years, before public opinion finally forced the authorities into action. She quotes several already well known examples of radical clerics who incited murder and other forms of violence while the British authorities, notably the Crown Prosecution Service and senior politicians, turned a blind eye.

Come to Londonistan, our refuge for poor misunderstood Islamist victims


At 3:43 PM, Blogger Muslim Unity said...

What according to you should be done? Shoot all Muslims in London?

At 7:03 PM, Blogger hoss_tagge said...

rather than go with the silly strawman nonsense of "shoot them all" (really...) the best thing to do would be to round up all muslims from europe and all western nations and deport them to the middle east, then raze all mosques in europe, australia, us, and canada. the experiment of seeing if islam is compatible with western cultures and values has failed miserably. time to humanely, but definitively, end the experiment.

At 6:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article posted here and what Miss Phillips has pointed out is just simply and utterly rubbish. Miss Phillips has just accused the Muslims living in the western world as criminals for having different beliefs and different values, and frankly upsetting to say that she has accused the Muslims without providing reference and evidence to support her accusations.
Responding to comments made, Muslims have every right to be in Britain just like non-Muslims have the right to live in the UK. The question of controlling immigration, well let the white people (non-Muslims) be made aware that God did not put English man on England but rather they also immigrated to this Land, the only difference is that they got here before the Muslims did. If we were to move back where we or our ancestors originated from then I’m sorry the law should apply to the Brits who first traveled to this (UK) land and to the US, they should all leave and go back to other parts of Europe and travel on the Viking ships.
Miss Phillips is a high uneducated person, feed crap to people who pretend to know Muslims better then Muslims themselves.
If you want to put this debate into context, then simply its PAY BACK time for the time Brits spent in India, Africa, Hong Kong and else where, while they were expanding their Great British Empire. The British empire no doubt has shrunk but the Muslim Empire is expanding.
Like the saying goes “If you can’t beat them, then join them”.
Lets just say that your (British) wish does come true and in 2015 (+/- 2 to 3 years) the Muslims are ordered to return to where they came from. So the Muslims returns to the land of their ancestors. Do you still really think that Britain will be Islam free? I think you need to ponder on this question little more. Muslims have converted Millions of British people to Islam (because you don’t hear about it or the news does not reach your ears through arrogance does not mean this is false or does not exist) and Islam will remain in the Land and continue to grow. I will give you an example, I’m a British English youth, who grew up on Oxford and graduated from Oxford University. I don’t have any ancestors who are Muslims or from foreign land, but I and my family accepted Islam, not only that we have started to get through to friends and family who are also looking interested in adopting Islam as a standard of life. So if the Muslims returned home to their land then surely I will continue on to pass on the message of Islam in the United Kingdom.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger hoss_tagge said...


At 2:01 PM, Blogger hoss_tagge said...

if one wants to increase their exposure to the introduction of islam into the West, one could move to Paris, where they have had such splendid results with assimilating muslims. i suggest not buying an auto, though, as these tend to get torched frequently in paris these days.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Adam Lawson said...

What according to you should be done? Shoot all Muslims in London?

No, just stop allowing them to immigrate and also start deporting those who have engaged in violent activities or have been involved in promoting such activities.

At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Ahrimahn said...

Miss Phillips has just accused the Muslims living in the western world as criminals for having different beliefs and different values

You have apparently never heard of Islamic terrorism.


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