The caption to this AP photo reads:
Demonstrators chant ‘Bomb London, bomb New York’ and ‘We are terrorists’ outside Downing Street, London, Tuesday May 4, 2004, on the day that the British government announced that it will make a statement concerning the photographs which allegedly show British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. (AP Photo/John D McHugh)
Is this your freedom? In a word, no. Our freedom is more accurately illustrated by the fact that those responsible for the abuse of prisoners will be prosecuted. They are, in other words, not protected by an ideology that is immune to self-criticism and justifies abuses by theological or legal tenets, or by reference to other abuses.
Look at the signs the demonstrators are carrying. They are from Al-Muhajiroun, the notorious pro-Osama radical Muslim group in Britain that has been wanting to “bomb London, bomb New York” long before these prisoners were abused — and long before there were even any American troops in Iraq. Their “Remember September 11” is not a memorial, it’s a threat. You can read about them in Onward Muslim Soldiers, where, among other things, I record the group’s leader Omar Bakri’s statement that he is working for the day when the “black flag of Islam” — the jihad flag — will fly over #10 Downing Street. The Iraqi prisoners are just the latest pretext.