Wednesday, October 31, 2007

British resolve stronger than American Will

by R Hampton

A new report by the centre-right Policy Exchange (UK) entitled, The Hijacking of British Islam: How extremist literature is subverting Britain's mosques, says most of the extremist literature is published and distributed by agencies linked to the Saudi Arabian government. Anthony Browne, Director of Policy Exchange said, "The fact that the Saudi regime is producing extremist propaganda and targeting it at British Muslims must also be challenged by our own government."

Meanwhile Nick Griffin, the British National Party chairman, is on a U.S. speaking tour presenting a speech titled "Terror and Western Civilisation." He says the House of Saud financed the radicals and that that a free society and the radical Muslim community are incompatible.

On the other end of the spectrum, Labour leftwinger John McDonnell questioned: "Why is it that in the same breath the prime minister condemns the lack of democracy in Burma and the abuse of human rights in Zimbabwe, but remains silent when it comes to the Saudi dictatorship?" And Vince Cable, acting Liberal Democrat leader, greeted the Saudi royalty with an angry demonstration by the British public. Even the BBC presented the documentary Clash of Worlds that linked India's Deobandi Muslims to Osama bin Laden, Wahhabism, and extremists from around the world.

Such pointed criticism comes as the Saudi King and his five-jet entourage are staying at Buckingham Palace to work out trade negotiations with the Prime Minister. At least the King had the good sense to tell the Wahhabi clerics back home to be on their best behavior (no ursing-cay the ews-jay).

Perhaps to deflect the heated criticism, King Abdullah asserted that his government had warned the British of the 2005 London bombings, but that his advice went unheeded. But even this tactic backfired as MI5 issued an immediate denial claiming the intel was too vague to be actionable. So it appears that our British allies have found the will to use their big brass ones - at least rhetorically - to pursue the one-half of the War on Terror left unchallenged by the current White House administration.

[NOTE: Due to an error on my part, Wednesday's stories will not be posted until 1:00pm EST]

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