Archive for July 4th, 2007

UK PM Brown: Don’t Say Terrorists are Muslims

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Well, the new PM of the U.K. is more prepared to surrender to Islam than ever. Break out the white flags and go wave them in the streets, Brits. You better convert to Islam or die.

Gordon Brown has banned ministers from using the word “Muslim” in ­connection with the ­terrorism crisis.

The Prime Minister has also instructed his team – including new Home Secretary Jacqui Smith – that the phrase “war on ­terror” is to be dropped.

The shake-up is part of a fresh attempt to improve community relations and avoid offending Muslims, adopting a more “consensual” tone than existed under Tony Blair.

However, the change provoked claims last night that ministers are indulging in yet more political correctness.

The sudden shift in tone emerged in comments by Mr Brown and Ms Smith in the wake of the failed attacks in London and Glasgow.

Mr Brown’s spokesman acknowledged yesterday that ministers had been given specific guidelines to avoid inflammatory language.

“There is clearly a need to strike a consensual tone in relation to all communities across the UK,” the spokesman said. “It is important that the country remains united.”

He confirmed that the phrase “war on terror” – strongly associated with Mr Blair and US President George Bush – has been dropped.

Officials insist that no direct links with Muslim extremists have been publicly confirmed by police investigating the latest attempted terror attacks. Mr Brown himself did not refer to Muslims or Islam once in a BBC TV interview on Sunday.
Ms Smith also avoided any such reference in her statement to MPs yesterday.

She said: “Let us be clear – terrorists are criminals, whose victims come from all walks of life, communities and religions. Terrorists attack the values shared by all law-abiding citizens. As a Government, as communities, as individuals, we need to ensure that the message of the terrorists is rejected.”

Tory backbencher Philip Davies said: “I don’t know what purpose is served by this. I don’t think we need pussyfoot around when talking about ­terrorism.”

But former Tory homeland security spokesman Patrick Mercer said: “This is quite a smart idea. We know that the vast majority of Muslims are not involved in terrorism and we have to accept there are sensitivities about these matters.”

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Fatal Flaws in Our Defence Against Terror

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

We have had the closest of close shaves – and who knows whether by the time you read this the bombers will have struck lucky.

The appalling carnage intended by the weekend’s attacks in London and Glasgow was averted only by chance and the alertness of the public and emergency services.

And the danger is far from over. As the Government’s new security advisor Lord Stevens observed, this is a major escalation of the Islamist war being waged against us.

We don’t yet know who was responsible. But what is immensely disturbing is that, once again, our intelligence service has been taken unawares and shown wanting.

If the bombers turn out to be ‘clean skins’ unknown to MI5, the extent of home-grown Islamist terrorism is far worse than it thought and it will have to go back to the drawing board – again.

But even worse, the bombers might have already surfaced on its radar and yet been left free to organise another atrocity.

There is yet another possibility, particularly if it turns out that the bombers were not British, that this was an attempt by Al Qaeda to try to do to Mr Brown’s new administration what was done in Spain – to force Britain to pull out from Iraq.

Gordon Brown rightly tells us all to be vigilant. But our political and security establishment remain alarmingly behind the terrorist curve.

Once again, the terror threat warning was raised to “critical” only after the attacks. Isn’t the point of intelligence supposed to be to warn us beforehand?

Last April, a leaked “top secret” intelligence report warned of terrorist attacks on Britain planned to coincide with Tony Blair’s departure.

In addition, MI5 and the police have repeatedly warned that major attacks, including “dirty bombs”, are “not a matter of if, but when”.

But as the Tories’ former security spokesman Patrick Mercer has said, it is simply scandalous that, two years after the 7/7 bombings, there are still no tunnel-to-surface communications systems or First-Aid posts on the London Tube.

It is astonishing that we still don’t have a national security council, or one single organisation to co-ordinate security for both our national borders and critical infrastructure.

But there are deeper failings still. Clearly, the control orders are a complete fiasco. We have to develop new systems to try people who are falling through the net.

The police should be able to apply to a judge to extend the period that a suspect can be detained for questioning beyond 28 days.

There is an urgent need to make intercept evidence admissible in court. There is an equally urgent need to deport foreign terror suspects, for which we need inescapably to reconfigure our human rights law.

The most fundamental failing of all, however, is the Government’s counter-terrorist strategy itself. Known as Project Contest, this refuses to acknowledge that the true driver of Islamist terror is religious fanaticism.

Instead, it attributes its causes to Muslim poverty, discrimination and grievances over foreign policy. In other words, it blames us.

The analysis is demonstrably absurd. Many of these terrorists are prosperous, middle class and well-educated. Indeed, two of the suspects who have been arrested are doctors. Muslims are being murdered in vast numbers in Iraq not by us, but by other Muslims.

And as Mr Brown said yesterday, the first attempt to blow up the Twin Towers occurred as long ago as 1993; Islamist terrorism is taking place all over the world and in countries where there is no connection with Iraq or the Middle East at all.

The fact is that the Islamists have always used any and every grievance – Bosnia, Kashmir, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Palestine, Salman Rushdie (twice) – to recruit to their cause.

But the real source of this terror, as former extremists have told us, is the aim to conquer the West and Islamise the world.

Without doubt, they are currently using the Iraq war to whip up further hysteria and gain more recruits. The dreadful thing is that they are being aided by self-loathing British ideologues.

For every time someone blames the West for Iraq, yet more overwrought and culturally stranded British Muslim boys are recruited to mass murder by this echo chamber for Muslim rage.

Far from damping this fire down, the Government itself is fanning the flames still further. Because it refuses to acknowledge that this is an Islamic religious war against the West, the political and security establishment is actually trying to use Islamist religious extremism as an antidote to Islamist terrorism without acknowledging the unbroken line between the two.

So it is actually promoting, as role models for impressionable young Muslims seeking a purpose to their lives, Islamists who claim not to support violence – even though they spout hatred of the West, Americans and Jews.

Ludicrously, it has even recruited Islamist radicals into government – to act as advisors against Islamic radicalism.

This lethal misjudgment has had disastrous results. Extremism has multiplied. The police themselves have been compromised. As the former radical Ed Husain has written, Islamists who work closely with the police to “represent Muslims” have been tipping off jihadists about police activities.

And the Government’s refusal to outlaw Hizb ut Tahrir, on the spurious grounds that although it promotes the Islamic takeover of Britain it is not committed to violence, has meant that this group continues to recruit thousands of students on campus to the cause of jihad against the West.

This is madness. The result is that, while most British Muslims say they would have no truck with terrorism or violence, an insupportable number of them do endorse appalling ideas.

Apart from 1,700 identified British Muslim terrorists, opinion polls suggest that a worrying number of our Muslim citizens think the 7/7 attacks were justified.

This suicidal strategy of engaging with extremism – which has only helped create a continuum of extremism – must be abandoned. Hizb ut Tahrir should be banned and a major effort made to rid our campuses of Islamists.

Jihadi websites must be closed down or their instigators prosecuted. Extremist mosques should be identified and shut.

Attempts should be made to “turn” suitable extremists by opening their eyes to the truth, so that they can tell their fellow Muslims that they are being fed lies and hatred. Anything less will make a mockery of “winning hearts and minds”.

Britain is now Al Qaeda’s principal target as well as its principal recruiting ground. This is because Al Qaeda has correctly identified Britain as the weakest link in the Western alliance.

Our Muslim community is particularly vulnerable to Islamist extremism because of the collapse of Britain’s belief in itself and the corresponding rise of multiculturalism and minority rights; the world-class defeatism and appeasement-minded arrogance of its establishment; and the eagerness with which its intellectual elite regurgitates Islamist propaganda in order to bash the West.

Our new Prime Minister has made an impressive start in handling this crisis. His appointments of a former head of defence intelligence as a designated Security Minister and a former Metropolitan Police commissioner as a security advisor were shrewd political moves.

Now we have to see whether the lethally incompetent counter-terrorism strategy will change.

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The Car Bomb You are Calling May be Switched Off – Please Try Later!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

God moves in mysterious ways, but a bad cell phone signal wasn’t one I expected.

Difficult to know whether to laugh or scream after the weekend of madness we’ve just been through. And it’s not over yet, with the security level raised to ‘critical’ and another terrorist attack imminent.

So let’s get the laughter out of the way first, something which wouldn’t have been possible had the bombers succeeded and hundreds of innocent people been killed or maimed.

Mistake One as far as the jihadists were concerned was trying to set off car bombs in the West End of London. The chances of either vehicle staying put for long enough to detonate were always going to be negligible.

In Westminster, you can get ticketed at traffic lights. One of them was towed away because it was parked on a double yellow. The second was spotted by two alert paramedics attending to a paralytic drunk, a routine casualty of another quiet night under Labour’s rock-around-the-clock drinking regime.

We’ve only seen pictures of one side of the green Mercedes in the Haymarket. From a different angle, it too may well have been clamped, awaiting the removal truck.

Then there was the folly of relying on mobile phones to spark the explosion. Apparently they made at least two failed calls. What did they expect? Have you ever tried to get a signal in Piccadilly at chucking out time?

“The car bomb you are calling may be switched off. Please try later.”

At least they didn’t try loading their deadly cargo into a couple of SUVs. They’d have been beaten up by the provisional wing of Friends Of The Earth before they’d had time to set the fuse.

And if they forgot to pay the congestion charge, their chances of escaping detection would have been less than zero.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow the attack was foiled when the Jeep packed with petrol, propane and nails hit a bollard outside the terminal.

They would have needed a 4×4 just to get over the Crazy Golf speed humps on the approach road. Only in Britain could traffic calming and wheel clamping make a major contribution to homeland security.

My favourite moment was the interview with the have-a-go hero at the airport who helped apprehend one of the would-be bombers. His account went something like: “I saw this Asian guy running towards me shouting ‘Allah’ — so I battered him.”

Go on yerself, big man. I’m surprised he hasn’t been charged with racially-aggravated assault.

Curiously, by yesterday morning this clip had vanished from the TV news websites — along with reports of passengers yelling “Let the b*** burn” as police grappled with the suspect who set himself on fire.

Call me flippant, but gallows humour is the only thing which is going to get us through this with our equanimity intact.

It’s best not to dwell on the enormity of what has led us here. In yesterday’s Mail, Melanie Phillips summarised superbly not just the deranged evil of those who seek to destroy us, but also the frightening criminal negligence, stubborn stupidity and callous indifference of those charged with protecting us.

Don’t blame the police or the intelligence service, this is a mess made by politicians. I felt like retching when Gordon Brown sauntered on camera to announce that the safety of the British people was paramount.

Here is a man who for the past ten years has been one of the two most prominent members of a government which has turned Britain into a playground for jihadists.

Labour tore up border controls, allowing a mass influx of Islamist psychopaths from all over the globe. Radical preachers and terrorist recruiting sergeants were encouraged to settle here. They were fed and watered, handed benefits, council houses and free cars.

Two years after 9/11, Captain Hook was still given a police guard to peddle his message of hatred and murder on the streets of Finsbury Park. Omar Bakri was safely tucked up in free accommodation in Edmonton and driving a brand new people carrier paid for by the mug British taxpayer.

These were but two among tens of thousands of Muslims living among us who make no secret that they hate Western society and intend to establish an Islamic state in Britain. Yet Gordon Brown’s government wasn’t interested.

Those of us who had the audacity to question the folly of allowing Islamic radicalism to foment in this country in the name of ‘diversity’ and ‘multiculturalism’ were smeared as ‘racists’.

Background checks on those coming here were somewhere between cursory and non-existent. It turns out that almost all the members of the terror cell involved in the weekend’s failed attacks were doctors.

Why the hell are we importing newly-qualified doctors from Iraq when we’re training thousands of home-grown medical students for the dole queue?

Two men still on the run are described as members of a Middle Eastern terror cell who moved to Britain last year. How did that happen? Who voted to make this country a safe haven for Middle East terrorists? Why were they allowed in? And if they were known terrorists, why weren’t they subsequently rounded up and kicked out?

Don’t expect any sensible answers. And don’t expect anything to change, either. Under Labour, the ‘human rights’ of terrorists always come way ahead of the safety of British citizens.

We’re being treated to the same fine words, platitudes and trite analysis from the usual crowd of useful idiots we hear after every Islamic terrorist attack.

All you need to know is that the Government has no intention of ‘getting tough’ and the calls to the Muslim ‘community’ to offer up the extremists in their midst will fall on deaf ears.

We can only thank God that this little gang were so inept. Laugh while you can, next time there might be nothing to laugh about.

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Happy 4th of July 2007 – Birthday of American Freedom

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

US Flag and Constitution

Happy 4th of July, America!!
Celebrate our Nation, our Freedom and Heritage.
God Bless the U.S.A.