15 January 2007
Meanwhile, as yet unverified reports have surfaced suggesting a number of wounded individuals carrying British passports have been captured by Ethiopian troops in southern Somalia. Apparently they were members of an 'international brigade' of jihadists, which also comprised extremists from Canada, Yemen, Pakistan and the Sudan, fighting to save the crumbling Islamic Courts Union, which had established control over much of the country since June 2006. As well as infantry it is also thought that British Somalis have donated some £600,000 in preceding months to support the beleaguered ICU.
Undoubtedly our participation in OIF has further inflamed the feeling of resentment amongst a considerable portion of Britain's Muslim population towards their host nation (although there is not much Britain can do about the Israel-Palestine impasse), which is especially unsurprising given the unrelentingly negative coverage of the conflict and its aftermath by our mischievous left-wing news media. In this respect Anthony Blair and his cohorts are wrong to deny that the liberation of Iraq and, more specifically, the post-liberation period has deepened the hostility of a significant number British Muslims towards their government and the unfortunate dhimmi next door. Indeed, it is now a safe assumption that any subsequent British involvement in conflicts against Muslim countries, no matter how morally righteous that conflict might be, will invoke a similar domestic backlash. It is also true that the ongoing Islamist insurgency in Iraq has succeeded in effectively scuppering the opportunity provided by the removal of Saddam Hussein to establish a genuine liberal democracy, much to the detriment of the harassed Iraqi people. Whether Bush's recent promise of extra troops and new approach will make an impact remains to be seen.
However, with this 'no involvement=no threat' school of thought continuing to garner popular support throughout the UK, it must be remembered that the domestic terrorist threat existed before our participation in OIF and that countries who did not support the liberation have themselves since been targeted by jihadis. The French, for instance, have pointedly opposed America's prosecution of the War on Terror and were particularly critical of the decision to liberate Iraq. Did their absence from the ranks of the Coalition of the Willing erase them from the Islamist to-hit-list? Not if this is anything to go by.
Simply adopting a 'head in the sand' attitude towards foreign affairs will not protect us from further atrocities and, if anything, such displays of spinelessness will only embolden our opportunist foe. The bottom line is that we cannot have a dynamic and rational foreign policy if it is to be based upon what will and what will not upset the delicate sensibilities of our vocal Muslim population. (Although, having written that, with few exceptions, such sympathetic considerations already play a significant role in the formulation of our domestic policies.) And, whatever your attitude to the situation in Iraq or the War on Terror, Islamism poses a serious threat to every Western nation and every Western citizen regardless.
'The British soldiers are the soldiers of Satan, the soldiers of evil, of evilness. And I pray to Allah openly and in English that they will not return back except when they are dead - all of them.'Nice. He also regurgitates the old chestnut, earnestly trumpeted by Muslims the world over, that:
'We don't have Muslim terrorists... they do not exist. But anything that they [the Government] claim is Muslim terror, they do it themselves.'Of course they do, Doctor. Fancy a lie down? How about a couple of Olanzapine? No, no, they weren't manufactured in Israel – they won't make your penis drop off. There you go; that's better…
If the government is even remotely serious about safeguarding its citizens from the sincere threat posed by Islamism then preachers like Dr Latif, who are in clear breach of 2006's Racial and Religious Hatred Act, should be bundled onto the next plane out of here or, even better, find themselves blindfolded and up against a wall, facing a firing line of those grim-faced 'soldiers of evil' that he prays 'will not return back except when they are dead…'. The Muslims will show the West no remorse in this conflict and, unless we do the same, we will not prevail against their stated intention to plunge the world into a new Dark Age.
Update: Obviously the above revelations soon got much, much worse. It occurred to VPL that the Home Office might be attempting to set some new and virtually unassailable record in terms of the utter incompetence with which a government department can be 'run' (or not run, as the case may be). Certainly they will take some beating. While this is conjecture, one thing is definite: only a statist government of New Labour's dubious calibre could foul things up this badly.
THIS time in the VPL's own backyard, so to speak. Trust dippy-hippy Totnes. That there is nobody to be offended by such a lurid display of Christian piety at the Town Council's monthly pow wows indicates that this step was taken for purely ideological reasons. What was it Soviet People's Commissar of Enlightenment Anatoliy Vasilievich Lunacharsky said of organised religion? Oh yes:
'Religion is like a nail: if you hit the nail on the head, you only drive it deeper. ...Here one needs pliers. The religion must be grabbed, squeezed from below: you do not beat it, but pull it out, pull it with its roots.'
Looks like the teachings of the old Red ideologue haven't been completely discarded, unlike those of Jesus Christ. In the grand scheme of things stories of minor attacks on Christianity like this may seem rather inconsequential, but as the famous Chinese proverb goes: 'The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.' In the preceding forty years there have been many such stone-removers whose individual contribution may seem slight, but whose overall impact has been devastating. Christianity remains our last bulwark against the alarming spread of Islam and the excesses of the permissive culture and, as such, its precipitous decline must be reversed.
'There are many more laws dealing with diversity and equality, which have been triggered by the compensation culture. When it gets to the point where councils cannot even put up Christmas trees, it seems ridiculous. I do not believe we are going in the right direction. It means we do not have enough police on the streets where we need them. Community support officers are no replacement - they are not proper police officers and do not have the same powers of arrest.
'Criminals are more likely to attack officers these days because they do not have the fear of being punished. They are also more likely to turn violent during less serious crimes such as burglaries. I have been left with a bloody nose and punched in the face. You get less respect wearing the uniform whereas in the old days, it was a deterrent. Now criminals simply laugh because they know nothing will happen to them. With not enough room in prison they know they are going to get away with a fine or community service rather than being sent to jail. It is all wrong. Society is not getting the policing it deserves.'
'The Army is facing fresh claims of a recruitment crisis after the failure of a high-profile campaign to get Muslims to join up. Only a handful of the 200,000-strong Islamic community in the Midlands have joined the Army since the first recruitment drive aimed specifically at Muslims last year, it emerged... It is thought that many did not want to join up because theyIt will be recalled that in July 2006 Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi of the Royal Signals, a Briton of Pakistani ethnicity, was killed fighting Islamists in Afghanistan. Within hours of the news reaching the UK a website run by those pleasant chaps in Al Ghurabaa' had, in a distasteful stab at irony, denounced brave L/Cpl Hashmi as a 'home-grown terrorist'. Muslims in his hometown of Bordesley Green, Birmingham, also expressed their displeasure at L/Cpl Hashmi's career choice:
opposed the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are just 330 Muslims in the entire Armed Forces.'
'I don't see how any Muslim can be in the British army, not with all the shit that's happening in Muslim countries. It doesn't make sense. It's not right. There's no space for Muslims in the army.'This intolerance is not just reserved for those who dare to enlist in our Armed Forces either. In December last year a Muslim community worker in Waltham Forest, North-East London, spoke of his attempts to persuade his coreligionists to liaise with the local constabulary in the fight against Islamist violence. He was consequently branded an 'enemy' by his fellows for his efforts. The unnamed man complained: 'I am, at times, seen as the enemy and have to defend myself against criticism when I talk about both loyalty within our community and the loyalty we should show to the wider state' (full story). With the threat of social ostracism from their community, and even of wider familial liability, were they to join up, is it any wonder so few Muslims do? To be simultaneously patriotic and Muslim is, it would seem, an impossibility. Unless your patriotism is to the ummah, that is.