Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The bishop and the Islamist: a cautionary tale

From David Aaronovitch at The Times (UK)

In The Islamist, Ed Husain tells us that organisations like Hizb (then led by Omar Bakri Mohammad) and the several competing Wahhabi outfits were a necessary part of the transmission of naive Muslim men into jihadis, both abroad and eventually in this country. It usually started with Jamat and ended up with 7/7. And one of the techniques used, Husain recalls, was to link all grievances together to give them a common cause. “In years to come the Hizb would argue that every British Muslim difficulty, from terrorism to poor community relations, was the result of British foreign policy. And to this drumbeat other Islamists would march.”

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