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The Weakest Link

by | 22nd, July 2005

‘AS the Times says, “a failed bomber is a prize for any intelligence agency”. With four at large in London, the chance of catching one is high.

Londoner Sharaha Islam was murdered by Islamic terrorists

They are also, as the report based on the experiences of the Israelis (“Investigators want suicide bombers’ buddies, not their bodies”), likely to be low down a chain of terror. The failed terrorist is a weak link.

The thinking is that someone always knows what the suicide bomber plans to do. And it’s a notion backed up by the Times’s story of how Shehzad Tanweer, one of the terrorists whose bomb did work in London, had told his cousin in Pakistan that he wanted to become a “holy warrior”.

Speaking at his home in Pakistan, Mohammad Saleem says Tanweer idolised Osama bin Laden. “Whatever he has done,” says Saleem, “if he has done it, then he has done right.”

He goes on: “He knew that excesses are being done to Muslims. Incidents like desecration of Koran have always been in his mind.”

So someone knew, or at least had an inkling. But not all the Muslim community is as ambivalent to murder as Tanweer’s cousin.

Staying in the Times, the paper goes to London’s Brick Lane, home to a vibrant Bangladeshi community, and hears from Nural Amin, a Muslim standing near a local mosque. “The people who did this are not Muslims,” says he.

“The people who did this – we should kill them. They are enemies of humanity. The vast majority of Muslims have nothing to do with this, but these people are giving us all a bad name. We are all suspects now.”

Tough stuff, and echoed by other Muslims in London’s East End, a place close to Aldgate Tube station where Tanweer blew seven people to smithereens.

It’s clear that Britain’s Muslim community has a key part to play in forcing this evil out.

Philip Johnston, writing in the Telegraph, says finding the terrorists is a “desperate race against time”. To avoid death and more copycat attacks, it is.

To remind us how awful things can be – as if we need reminding – the paper then publishes the faces of the 52 victims of the bombers who did not fail to murder.

And just as we scan them for someone we might have once known, the Muslim community must search in its midst for those who seek to kill…’

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