WHY LONDON SUFFERED
by Robert Edwards
Sir Iqbal Sacranie OBE is the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. He was also often
in conference with Blair’s government, sending messages back to Britain’s Muslim community. Mr Sacranie has so
much influence in higher places that he has also served on the Advisory Council of four Home Secretaries.
was also active in the anti-war demonstrations that marked a sizeable dissatisfaction with Blair’s illegal war in the
Gulf, he remains an Establishment figure and was willing to bolster Blair’s PR shortcomings.
The suicide bombers
that struck at the heart of London, blowing off the top of a London bus and causing explosions in the Underground system,
were allegedly motivated by religion. As it stands, suicide is proscribed by Islam ... a principle that seems to concern many
Muslims in Britain.
Sacranie has been wheeled out on several occasions to put the “moderate” Muslim point
of view but in an atmosphere of tension and suspicion, heightened by increased security measures, there seems little room
for moderation at the present time.
We condemn terrorism and we condemn the murder of innocent people. The suicide bombers
were criminals, however misguided, and those involved in a second attempt are beyond redemption if guilty. The fifth man arrested
in Italy claimed he was not motivated by religion but by watching videos of the ill-treatment of Iraqis by Coalition forces.
This is probably much nearer the truth than suicide bombers blowing themselves and others to pieces in order to get their
hands on a gaggle of virgins in the after-life. Suicide is a high price to pay for sexual gratification.
If the government
seriously wants to defeat terrorism then it means it must understand the nature of this terrorism and what motivates it. It
must get to the root of the problem and address the issues.
Mr Sacranie also supports the Palestinian people in their
long tragedy. Surely he would have made these feelings known to Tony Blair and previous Home Secretaries in his capacity as
an advisor to the government. We can assume that Blair is fully aware of Muslim feeling towards the violation of the rights
of Arabs under Coalition occupation and those under the brutal oppression of the Israelis.
But Blair was a prisoner
of his own ill-doings in partnership with George W. Bush and could not extricate himself from the evil he had perpetrated.
He justified the unjustifiable and lies through his grinning teeth. The advice from Sacranie could only be viewed in the light
of his own inextricable position.
We have sizeable Muslim communities in Britain and within those communities is dissatisfaction
among Muslim Asian youth. This is focused mainly on British and American foreign policy, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.
No matter that the invasions of these countries were illegal; it is the continued presence of the infidel invader further
humiliating the population, often in atrocious ways. These lands, including Palestine, are regarded as sacred soil to many
Muslim youths and so, in a world of empty materialism, they identify with their Muslim brothers in common cause.
not so much passages from the Koran as the more prosaic facts of human rights abuses inflicted upon their fellow Muslims that
motivates the suicide bomber. It is the same in Palestine.
A disturbing consequence of the London attacks is the eagerness
of the government to push through security measures in the form of draconian legislation. The latest proposition is that suspects
could be kept locked up for questioning by the police without charge or trial for months on end. We know that this kind of
legislation can be used as a catch-all for any type of “suspect”, including those members of the far-right
groups who have been the victims of a drawn-out campaign of persecution by the government and Special Branch, continuing
to this day.
Is it a coincidence that the IRA has declared an end to its paramilitary terrorist activities just as Blair
kick-starts a heavy clamp-down on another kind of terrorism? Was a deal struck in order to give the British government a free
hand elsewhere, bearing in mind that there were more British troops in Northern Ireland than there are in Iraq?
reality is that Blair must take a great deal of responsibility for the carnage in London. His failure to recognise this or,
worse, to ignore the advice that people like Sacranie have given him, makes him beneath contempt.
It is a wise principle
not to give in to terrorist demands ... but these suicide bombers had not made demands and this difference between the IRA’s
call for a united Ireland and the Muslim bomber who attacks without explanation is the real root of the confusion.
do not persecute minorities and we do not point the finger at all Muslims for this entire hullabaloo concerning Washington’s
war on terrorism and, as others perceive it to be, a “clash of civilisations”. It is nothing of the kind. The
demonisation of Islam clouds the issues which are more to do with a superpower wishing to take what it wants from where it
wants and by any means open to it. It has more to do with a growing resentment amongst a generation that feels it has nothing
to lose in an entire world seemingly against them. In Palestine, in Afghanistan and in Iraq ... the call is the same.
Would the London bombings not occurred if we had not participated in the illegal invasion of Iraq or the occupation of Afghanistan?
Probably not, because the core problem remains as Palestine where the oppressor is Israel and the American taxpayer is the
unwitting and generous paymaster.
Like many of these issues the roots of evil go far back into the past, so far back
that we tend to forget them and prefer to invent completely knew reasons at our peril.