Britain – Raising Homegrown Terrorists
23 Apr, 2008
Failures of Policy
Though his presence has hardly made
any impact compared to the Pope,
It is not the first time Brown that
has resurrected the ghost of Churchill in a bland attempt to impress
1975, while rector of
Gordon Brown was the "right-hand
man" of Tony Blair until June 27, 2007, so he cannot be absolved of
the messes that Labour has made since it assumed power in May 1997.
Ever since July 7, 2005, there have been ample opportunities for
In the aftermath of 7/7, instead of
ensuring that potential extremists were kept under control, the
Labour government acted to appease the Muslim "representatives."
When Tony Blair wanted to ban the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, his
own advisory group, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) refused to
support the move, and Hizb is still active in
In 2005, Home Office minister Hazel
Blears was sent on a tour of Muslim communities and came back with
statement: "What we have
discussed today is the need to teach the true nature of Islam, which
is about peace and love." The Muslims who killed 52 civilians in
The British government has attempted to deal with Muslim extremism by dishonestly pretending that extremists are not Muslims. They are. They just happen to be extreme Muslims. Such blinkered approaches continue and the current Home Secretary is either naive or dishonest when she maintains that Islamist terrorism is "anti-Islamic activity."
In 2006, the Labour government wasted tax-payers’ money by creating a Muslim website that claims to be moderate, entitled "The Radical Middle Way." Funds are being thrown at Islamic extremism, with little hope of actually doing anything. Meanwhile, the Foreign Office wastes tax-payers' money on sending groups of Muslims abroad to Muslim countries to meet other Muslims to "share their experiences."
The Foreign Office spends much time
trying to "reach out" to Islamofascists. In 2005, it approved of the
Accord," a peace deal between the Taliban and the
army in northwestern
October 2007 the communities
secretary Hazel Blears announced that £70 million would be granted
to set up websites so that young Muslims in
The latest half-baked attempt by
the British government to defuse extremism in the Muslim community
is a suggestion to
import more foreign imams
Fears about extremism, which should
first have been addressed in 1989 when British Muslims were calling
for the death of author Salman Rushdie, are now being raised in
other quarters. Prisons have long been known to create climates
where radicalism spreads like a virus. The prison where most Muslim
terrorists are housed is Belmarsh in Woolwich, southeast
This report by prisons inspector Anne Owers found that at Belmarsh the warders "do not understand" the prison's 198 Muslim detainees. It is not the duty of prison officers to “understand” their prisoners, merely to keep control, but Owers complains that this leads to isolation. Owers wrote that "there was a real danger that the alienation of Muslim prisoners in general, and the suspicion with which they perceived they were treated, would in fact feed radicalisation."
The irony of worrying about Muslims in Belmarsh – already notorious for their extremism – becoming extremists is lost on Ms. Owers. Her report was based upon an inspection made in October 2007. Since then, Yassin Nassari, a prisoner who is now freed, apparently tried to blow up the prison and had to be moved out in November 2007. In March this year, the Muslim Boys staged a riot in Belmarsh prison. This gang is famous for its forcible conversions. At Christmas 2007 one of the gang tried to kidnap a Belmarsh prison officer and hold him for ransom.
The "moderate" Muslim who acts as
the Prison Service's Muslim adviser is Ahtsham Ali. He
recently showed what use he
Most Muslims in
is certainly well-versed in Islam. A former member of Omar Bakri
Mohammed's Al Muhajiroun group, which was disbanded in
October 2004, Izzadeen is a convert. He was born in 1976 in Hackney,
His current name "Abu Izadeen"
means "Might of the Faith," a title which reflects his rampant
narcissism. In January 2001, he featured in a video taken by the
BBC, in which he stated: "Because I believe
Izzadeen's egotism has led him to make pronouncements designed to attract attention. Just days before 7/7, he said Muslims must "instill terror into the hearts of the kuffar". He declared "I am a terrorist. As a Muslim of course I am a terrorist."
In 2004 he was unofficially preaching in Regents Park Mosque. He said: "He who joins the British Army, the American Army, he is a mortal kaffir and his only hukum (punishment) is for his head to be removed. Indeed, whoever changes his deen (Muslim code of life); kill him."
In 2005 after the bombings of 7/7
boasted on BBC of his
support for bin Laden and his contempt for the civilians who died on
London Transport: "I believe many people say you shouldn't negotiate
with terrorists. It's a common theme, put in the media. But I'm
sure, if you asked those who passed away on the 7th of July, should
we negotiate with terr- Osama bin Laden, I'm sure they'd say 'Yes'.
To bring their lives back, to save themselves from the burning
inferno underground, they would have said, 'Let's negotiate'." He
On April 24, 2007 Izzadeen was arrested. A police spokesman explained that the arrest was for "alleged incitement and radicalization for the purposes of terrorism, as well as alleged provision of financial support for international terrorism."
February 4th this year, Abu
Izzadeen appeared at
All were accused of fundraising for terrorism, and five Brooks, Saleem, Keeler, Khan and Ibrahim Abdullah Hassan) were accused of inciting terrorism overseas. Izzadeen was additionally charged with encouragement of terrorism and Hassan was charged with possessing a document for terrorist purposes. The charges stem from an unofficial demonstration they had made at Regents Park Mosque on November 9, 2004.
Abdul Rahman Saleem and Abdul Muhid had already been convicted and were in jail for comments they had made on February 3, 2006 at another rally against the Danish cartoons. Saleem (aka Abu Yahya) was convicted of "using words likely to stir up racial hatred" and is serving a four year jail term. Muhid is serving six years for soliciting murder. On Thursday, April 17th last week, Izzadeen was found guilty of fundraising for terrorism and inciting terrorism overseas. Two of his co-defendants, white convert Simon Keeler and Shah Jalal Hussain, were also found guilty of fundraising for terrorism. On April 8th, Shah Jalal Hussain had run off after being sent to hospital. He returned to the court on Friday April 18th. The other defendants were found guilty of inciting terror abroad.
Friday, Izzadeen was jailed
for four and a half years. Under
Simon Keeler was given the same
sentence, while Saleem received a jail term of three years and nine
months. This will start as soon as he completes his existing jail
term. On November 9, 2004, Saleem had preached: "Destroy the kafir
wherever they are. Let their blood run in the mountains of
Ibrahim Hassan was jailed for two years and nine months. Abdul Muhid was sentenced to two years' jail for fundraising for terrorists. He will commence this sentence when he has served his existing jail term for soliciting murder.
Shah Jalal Hussain was given a two year jail term for terror fundraising, with an additional three months for absconding and breaking his terms of bail.
The convictions could be seen as a
"success." However, it took two and a half years from the time of
Most of the convicted men had attended the demonstration on February 3, 2006. The demonstration, where placards called for those who insulted Islam to be beheaded, was organized by Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah, which had been founded by Simon Keeler and other former Al Muhajiroun members in November 2005. Five people received jail terms for inciting racism and soliciting murder at that demonstration, but many more guilty people never appeared in court.
Ahlus Sunnah wal Jammah members also heckled Catholic worshippers at Westminster Cathedral but police did not arrest or prosecute anyone.
Izzadeen and Simon Keeler were
converts, who came into the fold of radical Islam through the
actions of foreign-born preachers Omar Bakri Mohammed and Abu Hamza.
If the government and police had acted to silence these migrant
preachers of hate in the 1990s, there would certainly be less
dangerous Islamists in
The failure of the police to deal with Izzadeen and his ilk has allowed Islamism and support for terrorism to be promoted in the media. For young people who wish to rebel against their parents and their culture, Islamic radicalism becomes an attractive prospect.
Some converts appear to be more
aggressive than those who inducted them into their new faith, as if
they are trying to prove themselves. While Izzadeen was awaiting his
sentence, another terrorism drama was unfolding in
On Thursday April 17th, a 19-year
old man named Andrew Ibrahim was arrested in
The police were concerned enough to evacuate 30 residents from their homes on Thursday night. They then carried out a controlled explosion at Ibrahim's home. A second explosion happened late on Friday.
The police later said that the first container that was blown up was a "viable device." This suggests that the youth had turned his home into a bomb factory. Residents are still waiting for the all-clear to return to their homes.
Ibrahim has a
Andrew Ibrahm had been living in a hostel for the homeless at the start of the year. He was on a drug treatment order. He initially refused to move into his current home as he did not want to live in a white middle class area. He changed his mind and moved into Comb Paddock on February 4th. He wore traditional Muslim (Arabic) clothing, and played loud Islamic music. He kept his door bolted with multiple locks. One neighbor said: "I saw him walking down the road last week in a linen cotton outfit with chiffon sides."
Ibrahim was well educated at private schools before he became involved in drugs. His conversion to Islam appears to have happened as was "in recovery" from his narcotic problems.
His arrest came from an intelligence tip-off. A police source said: "The arrest was not part of some long-running investigation. What we are trying to establish at the moment is whether this individual was working alone or was part of a team."
In the name of multiculturalism
alien ideologies, which include support for terrorism, have been
allowed to thrive without intervention. These policies have failed
and have allowed the problem to worsen to the point where terrorism
and extremism is even harder to crack. In the past, it was assumed
that foreign preachers' support for terrorism abroad was
"acceptable" as long as it did not take place on British soil. We
know now that such preachers have influenced Muslim terrorists to
The politicians who have presided over this appalling state of affairs are Tony Blair and his successor Gordon Brown. Brown does not want his cabinet ministers to use the term "war on terror," and as a result, terrorism continues unimpeded. It seems that Brown and his current cronies, so used to appeasing alien and anti-British ideologies, do not know where to begin in the fight against extremism. If they cannot even mention that we are in a war, then they will never win that war.
Adrian Morgan, aka
Giraldus Cambrensis of
Western Resistance, is UK-based writer and artist. He also writes for
Family Security Matters and