Fresh on the heels of the furor over some ‘anti-Muslim’ remarks by celebrity TV chef, Clarissa Dickson Wright*, comes yet another (daily) incident of Muslims being offended. PM David Cameron’s choice of Australian Lynton Crosby as campaign manager has Muslim panties in a wad over his alleged foul-mouthed rant against London’s “f*cking Muslims.”
The SUN (by Trevor Kavanagh) Aussies are renowned for colourful language but, as I say, criticism of any race or creed, except English Christians, is more or less outlawed.
Mr Crosby’s track record as an election mastermind includes four victories for Australian PM John Howard and two for London’s Boris Johnson, so he is a man with enemies. He is big enough to look after himself, but both stories suggest it’s time the Islamic community did something to polish its image.
It is not surprising many otherwise tolerant people feel as Clarissa Dickson Wright did on entering inner (Muslim) cities across Britain only to find themselves in what seems a foreign land. Far from merging with local communities, many seem to have decided as an act of defiance to live and dress as if still in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Somalia or the Middle East (creating ‘NO GO’ zones for non-Muslims).
Some (leftists) say that, in a generation or two, they will assimilate, as other immigrant communities (but never Muslims) have in the past. But, increasingly, the reverse seems true. If such self-imposed separation is tolerated or even encouraged, it becomes hard not to arouse suspicion and even anger.
Islam is far from enhanced by almost daily authentic reports of honour killings, forced marriages and Pakistani child sex gangs. Nor are we likely to feel at ease with the Muslim enclaves described by Clarissa when they harbour thousands who would and could do this country harm.
We spent a decade deporting rabble-rousing cleric Abu “Hooky” Hamza. Now we seem doomed to waste another getting rid of terror mastermind Abu Qatada. Interestingly, a few pages on from yesterday’s story about “f*cking Muslims” is a detailed account of Qatada’s “fatwa”, allegedly issued after 9/11, ordering the slaughter of innocent British civilians. There are calls for him to be charged with incitement to murder.
These are not yellow newspaper cuttings. Last month, an NHS doctor was nabbed after allegedly leading a terror cell in Syria and holding a kidnapped British photographer at the point of an AK-47.
These are stories about Britain today, a country where up to 30,000 young men are being politicised and, in some cases, trained to fight against their fellow citizens. So, unless they and their leaders stand up and loudly and repeatedly denounce such conduct, their community will always be surrounded by fear and suspicion.