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WHEN the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre in London’s Muswell Hill was destroyed by fire the media went to work. No-one was in the building at the time of the fire. The letters “EDL” were written on an outside wall. That’s pretty much all we know. But others know more.
BBC: “Al-Rahma Islamic Centre destroyed in ‘hate crime’ fire”
An Islamic centre in north London has been destroyed by a fire in an apparent hate crime attack. The Met Police said the fire, which happened at the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre in Muswell Hill in the early hours, is being treated as suspicious.
A spokesman said the letters EDL (English Defence League) were sprayed on to the building, used by the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association. MP Theresa Villiers said: “This kind of hate crime is absolutely despicable.”
So. It was a hate crime. Fact!
The Sun: “Fire at mosque in Muswell Hill – feared to be EDL attack”
A MOSQUE in north London has been destroyed after a blaze which began in the early hours of this morning – feared to be a revenge attack by the English Defence League.
The Guardian: “Police investigate fire at Islamic community centre in Muswell Hill. Police confirm EDL graffiti found at site of blaze in Muswell Hil, London, as fears increase of reprisals after Woolwich murder”
Scotland Yard said: “The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and is being treated as suspicious at this stage … Graffiti reading EDL has been found on the building. Police are investigating any potential connection between the graffiti and the fire.”…
Until now the EDL has been seen as primarily a public order issue for police.
Isn’t that speculation?
Daily Mirror: “Muswell Hill mosque arson: Counter-terror police probe firebombing after EDL graffiti sprayed on centre”
London Mayor Boris Johnson today condemned firebombers who destroyed a mosque in a suspected EDL revenge attack for the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
Who needs an investigation? Job done. It was firebombers.
The Independent: ”A right-wing arson attack? ‘EDL’ graffiti found after Muswell Hill mosque is burnt down amid fears of Woolwich connection”
If it proves to be an attack from a far-right group, it will be the most serious so far despite a reported reduction in incidents of reported abuse against the Muslim community following the Woolwich attack that killed Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, on May 22.
Scotland Yard specialist investigators are conducting a fingertip search of the area in Muswell Hill and trying to establish if the daubed paint was linked to the fire, which is currently being treated as “suspicious”.
Chief Superintendent Adrian Usher said: “Obviously a focal point of the investigation will be establishing whether that is connected to the fire”.
That’s the best summing up so far.
HuffPost: “Muswell Hill Mosque Attack Could Be Retaliation For Lee Rigby Murder”
Or it could not be. Or it could have been an insurance job. Or it…
The Times: ”Terror police probe burnt-down Muswell Hill mosque after EDL graffiti found”
Ahmed Sheiba, 22, a helper who went to help to clear up at the centre, said that there was also EDL graffiti on the inside. The arsonists appeared to have broken into the building through a door at the rear.
Graffiti on the inside seems like a fact worth pondering.
Tottenham & Wood Green Journal: “Police not ruling arson out in Muswell Hill mosque fire”
Former Wood Green councillor Fiyaz Mughal, of Faith Matters, a group which monitors anti-Muslim hatred, said: “Bearing in mind this is close to Woolwich, bearing in mind that it houses Islamic activities, bearing in mind that they have found alleged EDL graffiti, there’s a strong likelihood that this could be an anti-Muslim incident.
“It is very concerning when we know that, online, there is a huge amount of anti-Muslim hate. We know that. When it moves into the physical world, it is extremely concerning.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson:
“I was shocked to learn of the fire at the Bravanese Community Centre in Muswell Hill. There is no place in an open, tolerant and diverse city like London for hate, for prejudice, for violence. I would urge people to give the police the time and space to investigate this incident fully. I have no doubt the Met will bring those responsible to justice. London is a city built on the strength of its communities. Londoners will see this for what it is – cowardly, pathetic and utterly pointless.”
Boris, best to let the police investigate before saying too much.
Daily Express: “A Somali community centre destroyed by fire in Muswell Hill was targeted in a racially motivated attack, according to the Metropolitan Police.”
That’s not what the police said. They said they are investigating.
However, the Leader of the EDL, ‘Tommy Robinson’, told Channel 4 News Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel that he was “very sceptical” that his members were behind fire. ”It could be Muslims trying to rubbish the EDL. They’ve done it before in Luton”, he said.
By vandalising the inside of a house of worship before burning it down? That likely?
A prominent member of the far-Right protest group English Defence League said: “Just because EDL is written on the wall, you can’t point the finger at us. It could have been anyone. The Government is not doing anything so people are taking things into their own hands. I don’t condemn this.”
Don’t condemn burning down a place spirituality. Thankfully, most of us do.
More to follow…
COMPARE and contrast attitudes to Lebanon-based outfit Hezbollah, an overtly anti-Semitic organisation that says its only aim is to “resist” Israel. But Hezbollah are fighting for Assad in Syria and Iran.
In 2006, protestors at the Stop the War march in London chanted “We are all Hezbollah now.” Do the peacniks want the war stopped because their side is losing?
Photo below: a protestor outside Downing Street trying to damage an Israeli flag, during the Stop the War demonstration in central London. That the yellow Hezbollah flag.
In Manchester, this Left wing chap wore his Hezbollah T-shirt to – oh, the irony – fight racism.
Above. Protesters gather during the annual Al-Quds Day procession and demonstration in central London.
A pro-Palestinian supporter holds up a flag belonging to the Hezbollah group, during a march to protest against Israel in central London, Monday, May 31, 2010.
The Syrian border town of Qusair has fallen to Hezbollah forces after a three-week siege that pitched the powerful Lebanese Shia militia against several thousand Sunni rebels in what had been billed as a defining battle of the civil war.
Iran, the main patron of both groups, released a statement on Wednesday morning “congratulating the Syrian people for their victory”.
Are we all still Hezbollah? Or do their supporters only gun for them when they’re fighting Jews?
HOW did the Sun report on Emma West, the woman who became YouTube’s Tram Lady on account of her racist rant on New Addington public transport? At the time of her vile rant we commented that she looked not all that well. It turns that that she isn’t.
Emma West will pay for her crime. She will not be raped and murdered as many on Twitter wanted.
Remi Ogunfowora, prosecuting, told Croydon Crown Court of a May 15, 2013, attack on her partner Ricky Metson:
“Mr Metson put his hands up in front of him to protect himself and told her to calm down. She said she was going to call her mum and ran upstairs and Mr Metson followed. As he entered the room she picked up an ornamental knife from its sheath, struck him in the head and started slashing at his body. He slapped her around the face in self-defence to try and calm her down and went downstairs. She followed him down the stairs and stabbed him in the back at least twice. She tried to run out the house and he stopped her leaving and called the police… Mr Metson suffered two puncture wounds on his back and various slash and scratch wounds over his stomach, head, back of his neck, arms and legs. When officers tried to arrest Miss West she started to kick them.”
She sounds dangerously unstable.
The Croydon Guardian reports:
Mr Metson is standing by West after her attack on him, and was with her at court on Monday.
This is Croydon adds:
Right wing groups such as the National Front and British National Party had adopted her cause after she was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence in November 2011. West’s barrister said their support – including sending her flowers and cheques – had “greatly distressed” his client and led her try and take her own life.
Her deteriorating mental health led to concerns for her safety and that of her family, fears which were realised last month when she stabbed her husband Ricky Metson with a knife – while on bail – after he intervened in her latest attempt to self-harm. Mr Metson suffered superficial injuries after incident at their home in Grenville Road, New Addington, on May 15.
West, who has suffered from depression since she was 18, was admitted to a psychiatric ward in Foxley Lane, Purley, in September 2011. Following her release she had been receiving support at the Tamworth Road Resource Centre, in West Croydon. It was as West returned from one of these sessions with her four-year-old son that racially abused passengers in a packed tram.
Croydon Crown Court has previously heard that West, a former dental receptionist, had taken a double dose of her medication at the time of the incident, which is believed to have occurred on October 18 last year.
None of that excuses her behaviour. But it might make us more compassionate towards her. Mental illness is nothing to mock.
But this is what the Sun said:
A MUM whose racist rant on a tram horrified millions on YouTube has finally admitted her guilt – as it is revealed she also stabbed her husband and attacked a cop.
Emma West, 34, a former dental nurse from Croydon, pleaded guilty last month to stabbing and slashing her husband Ricky Metson and assaulting a police officer. On Monday she also pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence when she appeared at Croydon Crown Court – 18 MONTHS after the incident. More than 2.2million people
The Sun makes no mention of her mental health. It does not say that the wounds she inflicted were superficial and that her partner of 12 years is supporting her. It does not say that she was suicidal and suffers from depression, a hideous and misunderstood condition.
On the same day as West was pleading guilty to to hurling racist abuse, Virginia Wheeler was not in Southwark Crown Court to answer charges of phone hacking.
The Crown dropped its case against Virginia Wheeler, 34, who, allegedly, acted as a contact at the Sun for a crooked police officer with secrets to sell. Her prosecution was deemed not to be in the public interest for medical reasons.
James Wood, QC, for Ms Wheeler, said: “Had it not been for these matters, I would like to put on the record that Ms Wheeler would have vigorously contested these proceedings.”
You see, mental health is a big issue. When an alleged criminal is mentally ill, the State is not insensitive towards them. The Sun, on the other hand, monsters the sufferer. Unless they work in the same building, that is, in which case they get total privacy, good lawyers and care…
FACE of the day: former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has pleaded not guilty to charges related to phone hacking.
EMMA West, 34, the New Addington Tram Lady whose racist rant was recorded and published on the internet has appeared at Croydon Crown Court. In the dock, she pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
She told the court that the British National Party had offered her its support. Sh’e received flowers and cheques from the BNP. This, she said, had caused her distress.
She will be sentenced on 24 June.
She was arrested on 28 November 2011 after the video was uploaded onto YouTube.
The wheels of justice move slowly.
Now she’s been dealt with, what about the police dealing with the tweeters who wanted her raped and murdered?
CHURCHGOERS park for free on Sundays between 7am and 1pm in Woking, Surrey.
But The National Secular Society says Woking Borough Council’s policy is unfair. It says it’s discrimination on the grounds of religion and belief and that it contravened the Equality Act
WHEN we read Lord Hylton’s news that homosexuals had “stolen” the word ‘gay’ from his private word vaults, we wanted to help him reclaim it as his own. It will take time before Hyl, Ray or ‘Fancy Gentleman’takes hold. But we are confident it will. If we wer Lord Hylton, we’d bet our ‘beard’ on it. In the meanwhile, we urge you to watch this video and learn how to recognise homosexuals. If they can steal ‘gay’ they had best be watched closely:
HEATH Campbell wore a Nazi uniform for a court hearing in Flemington, New Jersey. Mr Campbell, father to Adolf Hitler Campbell, 7, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 6, and Honzlynn Jeannie Campbell, 5, was seeking the right to see his 18-month-old Heinrich Hons Campbell, who was taken from him after his birth in November 2011.
THESE photographs give us an idea what America looked like from 1939 to 1943. Taken by the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, the pictures record life living in depressed rural America. Life looked tough. The faces of the people captured have a hard edge.
IN 60 photos the celebrations to mark 60 years of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth 2 on the throne.
Before 2000 guests at Westminster Abbey, The Archbishop of Canterbury commended the Queen’s “utter self-sacrifice” ever since holy oils anointed her Queen on June, 2, 1953.
FEW people in this country will be unaware of the circumstances in which Drummer Lee Rigby died . The combination of live video, a woman’s confrontation of a suspect at the scene and the unstoppable social media brought the tragedy into every living room.
Many of us will also have been saddened by the disappearance of the teenager Georgia Williams last weekend. A body that is thought to be hers has been found and a young man has been charged with murdering her.
It is in the interests of everyone that whoever perpetrated these crimes is brought to justice.
THE Oxbridge universities don’t make it easy for people to like them do they? It is all ties and crests, hazing and fags, bizarre rituals and elitism and worst of all, posh folk in red trousers.
To add to this, they’re also terrifyingly vain as one Cambridge student has claimed that he was turned down for a river punting job because he was “too ugly”.
River punting is not a dirty euphemism.
IN 1973, Sid Vicious – then known as John Simon Ritchie was pictured on his way to watch David Bowie perform in London. He’d have 16 or 17 years old. Four years later he joined the Sex Pistols. What impact did Glam Rock have on the punks?
WHY would Israeli female soldiers pose for photos in their underwear and then post the pics on Facebook? The IDF says the women have been disciplined. How? We don’t know. But wagt6 odd the women get sent to the Gaza Strip (geddit?!)
It’s not who you know, it’s who you blow: Cambridge University ‘drinking society initiation’ exam question
STUDENTS on the University of Cambridge undergraduate law degree were presented with an exam question that asked them to consider the fates of Billy, Gilbert and Richard. All three are keen to be initiated into The Vizards. Billy is tricked into gay sex. Gilbert is assaulted with bottle up his bum. But he “actually enjoys the experience”. Richard is killed by an infection brought on a brutal ripping out of his pubic fringe.
The 2013 Criminal Law paper asked:
Sandra is President of The Vizards, a College drinking society. She is organising the initiation of new members. After a great deal of alcohol has been drunk, the members of the society form a circle around Billy, Gilbert and Richard who are to be initiated.
(i) Sandra blindfolds Billy and tells him that Tracey will suck his penis. Jonny does so.
(ii) Sandra penetrates Gilbert’s anus with a bottle. Although Gilbert appears to resist, and has to be held down by Tracey, he actually enjoys the experience.
(iii) Sandra waxes Richard’s pubic hair and pulls it off with such force that she removes a significant part of his skin. The wound becomes infected, but Richard is so embarrassed that he does not get medical help and dies.
Consider what offences, if any, have been committed.
Great stuff, guys. But as any fool knows the way to get into the uni’s best societies is for your mum or dad to shag someone of great influence. Bottles are options, as whips, chains and BBC manuals…
Question 20. How to become a Don.
Spotter: Sebastian Salek
ON YouTube, lesbian Hart tackles the question:
“If you love women so much, how come you don’t you dress like one?”
Hart repsonds expertly (with watermelon):
Spotter: Dangerous Minds
WHEN Rob Hart lost his job at the Chicago Sun-Times, he was replaced by a reporter with an iPhone. So. He took his iPhone, opened a Tumblr. On Laid Off Form The Sun-Times, he uses his skills as a photojournalist to report on his own life.
Not everyyone can take a good news photo. A camera can record the moment but not always tell the story:
WHAT is a hate crime? The Home Office defines it as:
[crimes] committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their disability, race, religion, gender-identity or sexual orientation, whether perceived to be so by the victim or any other person.
After the murder of Lee Rigby, the Guardian reported that anti-Muslim hate crimes were suddenly on the rise:
Sharp rise in reported cases, including attacks on 10 mosques, raises fears of sustained targeting of Muslim communities
We were told that in the week following Lee Rigby’s murder in Woolwich, there were around 200 Islamophobic incidents reported. They were not all reported to the police. The petrol bomb attack on a mosque in Grimsby was reported to police. Stuart Harness, 33, and Gavin Humphries, 37, have been charged with arson with intent to endanger life.
The cast majority of incidents were recorded by Faith Matters’ Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks):
The TELL MAMA national project can support and assist individuals if they have been subjected to anti-Muslim prejudice or Islamophobia, whether through a street-based, on-line or institutionally based incident.
It invites Muslims to tell them if they have been a victim of any of the following:
What are the classifications of attack?
Attacks are classified as follows:
1. Extreme Violence – i.e, a violent attack on a person / property that has the potential to cause the loss of life or Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).
2. Assault – i.e, a physical attack against a person which does not pose a threat to their life and is not GBH. This includes objects being thrown at someone, even if the object misses.
3. Damage and Desecration of Property – i.e, this includes anti-Muslim graffiti being daubed on Muslim property and damage to vehicles motivated by anti-Muslim hatred.
4. Threats – Any clear and specific threat, whether physical, verbal or written. If the threat is not clear and specific then the incident should be recorded as Abusive Behaviour.
5. Abusive Behaviour – Verbal or written anti-Muslim abuse.
6. Anti-Muslim Literature – Mass produced and mass mailed literature with anti-Muslim content.
How high or low they set the bar will be interesting.
Its parent outfit Faith Matters is:
Faith Matters is a not for profit organisation founded in 2005 which works to reduce extremism and interfaith and intra-faith tensions and we develop platforms for discourse and interaction between Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Jewish and Hindu communities across the globe. We have offices in the United Kingdom, Pakistan and the Middle East (Jerusalem)
It’s an interesting group. In 2011, Faith Matters launched a paper on Secular reforms of the Ottoman Empire:
The Ottoman Empire is often presented, by such groups as a model political system upon which to re-build a global Caliphate. Osama bin Laden marked the decline of the Ottoman Empire as the fall of Islam – that the Islamic world “has been tasting this humiliation and this degradation for more than 80 years” and that “the righteous Khilafah will return with the permission of Allah”. Through the implementation of an Islamic legal and political system, extreme groups who mis-use the Islamic faith call for the rejection of liberal values and the current systems in place, which do not fundamentally clash with Islam.
The short paper authored by Ishtiaq Hussain who has long studied such ideologies, offers a new challenge to these claims, arguing that the Ottoman Empire bares little resemblance to the model proposed by such groups. In focusing on the period known as the Tanzimat (1839-1876), Hussain shows that the Ottomans were in fact attempting to secularise their laws and state institutions rather than implementing religious laws into State laws.
These are some of the key findings in the report which show that:
• Homosexuality was decriminalised
• Ottoman society in general moved away from punishments such as stoning
• The death penalty for Apostasy was not implemented
Islamists often bypass these facts and use a warped interpretation of history in order to weave their own narrative into mainstream debate; using their own projected picture of a perfect Ottoman society living under a deeply rigid interpretation of Shariah Law in order to argue for the building of a modern day Islamic Caliphate. Those who spin this historical account help to prop up a narrative used as an ideological basis for extremism. The attacks of 9/11 were even marked by Bin Laden as “a great step towards the unity of Muslims and establishing the righteous caliphate”.
All valid work, then.
Tell MAMA’s co-ordinator, Fiyaz Mughal, was quoted on the post-Woolwich violence:
“These things are cumulative and I do not see an end to this cycle of violence. There is an underlying Islamophobia in our society and the horrendous events in Woolwich have brought this to the fore and inflamed the situation.”
But not everyone is a bigot. Far from it.
The Guardian then followed up with a pieced called “Attacks on Muslims: numbers in detail”:
It’s been almost a week since the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich. During that time, many have considered the consequences of the two attackers’ actions for Britain’s crime policy, its foreign policy and its media.
The media cry against giving terrorists the oxygen of publicity whilst broadcasting graphic pictures and giving weight to one of the two alleged killer’s words, elevating him from a psychotic, happy-slapping jihadi nutjob to an expert on British policy, religion, war and race relations.
The Guardian noted:
Individuals are able to report Islamophobic incidents in a number of ways: by filling in an online form, phoning their helpline, sending a text, email, tweet or message via Facebook. It’s not clear how these reports are verified but Tell MAMA does explain how they classify attacks which include anti-Muslim graffiti, verbal threats and physical attacks against people or property.
The truth about the ‘wave of attacks on Muslims’ after Woolwich murder
TRUTH. As opposed to a lie?
The Telegraph said:
Tell Mama confirmed to The Sunday Telegraph that about 120 of its 212 “anti-Muslim incidents” – 57 per cent – took place only online. They were offensive postings on Twitter or Facebook, or comments on blogs: nasty and undesirable, certainly, but some way from violence or physical harm and often, indeed, legal. Not all the offending tweets and postings, it turns out, even originated in Britain…
Fewer than one in 12 of the 212 “incidents” reported to Tell Mama since Woolwich – 17 cases (8 per cent) – involved individuals being physically targeted. Six people had things thrown at them, said Mr Mughal, and most of the other 11 cases were attempts to pull off the hijab or other items of Islamic dress.
Without in any way denying the distress and harm caused by such attacks, they do stand at the lower levels of seriousness…
Two other sets of figures are available. According to the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), forces nationally reported 71 anti-Muslim hate crimes or “incidents of note” to the National Community Tensions Team in the week after the murder of Drummer Rigby.
“That would cover everything they feel has a link to Woolwich, though an incident of note would not necessarily be a crime,” said a spokesman.
The second set of figures is from True Vision, an online hate-crime reporting tool operated by Acpo. There were 136 reports of anti-Muslim activity – internet or physical – received via this website in the week after Woolwich, overwhelmingly in the first few days, though Acpo said that not all were crimes and some reports were duplicates.
As for the claim that there is “no end” to the cycle of anti-Muslim activity, it has substantially ended already. According to police, there was a sharp spike in reported incidents in the day or so after the killing, but they have already subsided to pre-Woolwich levels…
What the data broadly show, in short, is that Drummer Rigby’s killers have failed. The breakdown in community relations has not come. There has been a rise in incidents, but it appears to be very short-term, overwhelmingly non-violent and even then almost entirely at the lower end of the scale.
The Mail is, however, darker:
But more than half of the incidents reported to the Tell Mama hotline related to offensive messages on Twitter, Facebook or online blogs, and only a tiny minority were physical attacks, it has emerged.
Tiny. Seventeen people being attacked, allegedly. The Mail then delivers its thrust in bullet points:
More than half of incidents reported to hotline were internet comments
Questioned raised about the way Tell Mama project presented figures
The Mail and to lesser degree the Telegraph appear to be undermining Tell MAMA, which has been running for just over a year. It is a useful tool to counter anti-Muslim violence and bigotry. It’s wrong that the organisation should be looked at only in light of the Woolwich murder. Anti-Muslim attacks do happen, as the BBC has reported:
“I started wearing the hijab at university in 2006 but last summer I decided to take it off because I didn’t feel safe after someone tried to pull it off my head, said Alisha, a student from Middlesbrough.
She and her husband were targeted because they were Muslim, she believes.
“I started to get panic attacks. I never thought I’d feel like this, but everyone is so afraid.”
Her husband was also attacked on his way to work.
“He was verbally abused, called a ‘Paki’, ‘terrorist’, and he was spat on. When he confronted the men, security guards tried to arrest him until an old man pointed out who the attackers were,” she said.
Another victim, Usman Choudhry, an IT manager in Salford, said he has suffered at least one incident of abuse per week over the last five to six years. “I haven’t reported it to the police,” he said, “because I am not sure they could have caught the offenders.”
I for one am glad that such an outfit exists. It aims to do something about a problem. The Press were full of praise for the few people who helped Lee Rigby. But overlooked were the scores of others who just stood about taking photos and tweeting. You can’t blame them. What would we have done? Maybe nothing. Maybe we’d have been heroes. Maybe at least recording the offence is a start. The world about us is mediated by technology. But rather than saying ‘I was there’, Tell MAMA helps us realise that someone else really is there on the sharp end of abuse, that the snippet of news, tweet or camera phone footage reflect people’s real, everyday existences.
MICHAEL Adebolajo is not shy. The 28-year-old accused of murdering Lee Rigby in a barabric sacrifice to his god kissed the Koran as he left the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Before leaving – we’ll see him next at the Old Bailey – the suspect told Deputy Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot that he wanted to be adressed as Mujahid Abu Hamza. He said:
“I am only a man, I would like to alleviate the pain.”
Is the accused a psychotic nutjob hiding behind a religion? Well, yes, allegedly. But he keeps harping on about Islam. And many are listening. Says Tony Blair
“There is a problem within Islam – from the adherents of an ideology which is a strain within Islam. We have to put it on the table and be honest about it. Of course there are Christian extremists and Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu ones. But I am afraid this strain is not the province of a few extremists. It has at its heart a view about religion and about the interaction between religion and politics that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies.”
Dennis Prager takes a view on the alleged killers’ claims that the murder of Lee Rigby was an act of righteous vengeance:
Here’s a question for Muslims and leftists who buy this argument about the West killing Muslims in Afghanistan: Who are we fighting in Afghanistan?
I thought the Brits and Americans were fighting the Taliban, the people who throw acid in Muslim girls’ faces for attending school, the people who murder nurses who inoculate Muslim children against disease. Now, if fighting the Taliban is to be equated with fighting Muslims, this is a real contradiction of everything much of the Islamic world and virtually all of the left have been contending for years – that the Taliban represent a tiny group of extremists in the Muslim world, and that they have so completely perverted Islam that they cannot even be called Muslims.
Well, you can’t have it both ways. If killing the Taliban is the same as “killing Muslims,” then you can’t argue that the Taliban don’t represent Islam or Muslims.
So, on the issue of the West fighting in Afghanistan, the Muslims and the left need to make up their minds: Is killing the Taliban a service or a disservice to Muslims? This is the first and last question both groups need to answer. Everything else is commentary.
Much to debate…
FLASHBACK to 29th November 1978: Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, posing with topless model, Page 3 girl and Top of The Pops dancer Sheree Boyland dressed as Trillian, a character in the book:
THEY erected statues to Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov Lenin, In all of them he looks aged and sporting a noble brow. But how do you remember the great leader? Is that image what he would have wanted?
Born 22 April 1870, this is Lenin in aged 3 or 4.
WHO to blame? Desiree Gillard, 41, of Spring in Texas has been charged with child abandonment. Why? Becaues her 11-year-old son allegedly deliberatly drowned their neighbour’s dog.
Patricia Martin recorded on CCTV the child taking her dog. Police say the child admitted that he stole it, choked it unconscious and drowned it in a hot tub at a nearby empty home.
Desiree Gillard had left the boy alone. She’d gone to Buffalo, Texas to pick up her husband after his truck broke down. She told police she had not time to take him along with her “because she was in a hurry”.
“It’s not normal to kill, to kill animals. I miss my son. I want him home. He doesn’t belong there. He’s not a gun-toting gangbanger. He’s 11 years old.”
If only he were a gangster…
INCREDIBLE new from Newport, South Wales, where shopkeeper Matthew Taylor has been threatened by police for telling people to obey the law. The T-shirt he’s selling – the ones that declare “Obey Our Laws – Respect Our Beliefs Or Get Out Of Our Country“.
The message “could be seen to be inciting racial hatred”.
Mr Taylor created the slogan after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. But some one complained. The police arrived and told him to remove the item or face arrest. He says:
“I had a visit from two CSOs (community support officers) because it has been reported by someone who felt it was offensive. It’s not meant to be offensive. I didn’t produce it to be offensive. It’s what I believe… I don’t see it as racist. I took it down because it is meant to be a statement about any race. Any colour. I’m offended I have had to take it down. I can’t see why I can’t share my beliefs.”
And then Newport city councillor, Majid Rahman epitomsies the nonsesne that that been alaloed to pervaded our society:
“I believe in freedom of speech and defend his rights to say what he wants…”
Good. They have been hard won.
I belivee in dreedom BUT:
…once it starts offending people then it’s a police matter and it’s up to them whether they think it’s broken any laws.”
You can be an unwitting racist. If someone says you’re a bigot, then you are one.
AFTER the Second World War, the French shaved the heads of women who collaborated with the Germans. Men were shot.
A woman collaborator holding a German baby is led back to her home by a jeering crowd after having her hair shaved off. Date: 26/08/1944.
Two French patriots drag Grande Guillotte from her home in Normandy, France on July 10, 1944. After she was discovered to be collaboration with the enemy. Date: 10/07/1944.
Two Paris women collaborators, partially stripped and their hair cropped, are marked on the foreheads with the Nazi sign and marched by armed patriots through the streets of the French capital of France on Sept. 1, 1944. Date: 01/09/1944
Members of the French resistance party deal out punishment to all known Axis collaborationists, on the morning of Bastille Day. Housemaids, servants, etc., of the Germans were gathered together, shorn of all their hair, and paraded through the streets of Cherbourg, France on July 17, 1944, their hairless heads the emblem of their violations of the rules of the party. Date: 17/07/1944.
CRIMINAL of the day is Arthur Ray Brown, 24.
It is alleged that Mr Brown, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, broke into the Lovers adult store (formerly Lovers Package) and stole a mannequin.Martin Walker, the store’s marketing director, explains:
“He basically just ran into one of the doors, tried to grab an entire mannequin and run off with it. Well, as he grabbed it the bottom half of the mannequin fell off. So he got the top half out the door with him and off he went.”
Later, Brown returned. Dressed in the wig once sported by the now topless mannequin, he, reportedly, broke one of the shop’s windows and stole sex aides and lingerie.
Police spotted Brown riding his bicycle near the store and a “trail of sex toys behind him“.