Monday, June 18, 2007

Why the West must stay true to itself

by Will Hutton from The Observer

A golden, global thread links the militant jihadists in Britain, the Taliban-like fundamentalism of the Hamas militias who have just taken over in Gaza and the rise of Wahhabi schools everywhere. It is a complex if depressing thesis, but it is brilliantly driven home by an important article in this month's Prospect on Mohammad Sidique Khan ... Shiv Malik, who undertook months of research into the Sidique story for an aborted BBC drama documentary, explains that political jihadism occupies only one quarter of Sidique's taped message. The rest is about settling deeply personal scores that related to his identity and experience as a second generation immigrant.

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