Hassan Butt doesn’t seem moved by the recent Muslim condemnations of the bombers: he is still convinced that they acted in accord with Islam. This may be in part because the condemnations did not even address the Islamic reasoning that people like Butt use to establish their positions. “Radical Muslim questions tactics of bombers,” from The Telegraph, with thanks to Nicolei:
A Muslim who helped recruit young men to fight for the Taliban says that those willing to plant bombs in London were guilty of tactical errors but were not immoral.
Hassan Butt, 25, earned notoriety in January 2002 when he told the BBC’s Today programme that Britons who went to fight the West in Afghanistan would return home to launch terror attacks.
Three years on, in an interview given to Prospect magazine some months before the bombings and published this week, he predicted that “a lot of killing” is unavoidable if the world is to come under the banner of Islam.
Formerly the self-styled spokesman for al-Muhajiroun, an Islamic fundamentalist group, he split from the faction over the issue of the “covenant of security”, which forbade Muslims living in Britain from engaging in military action within the country.
While al-Muhajiroun supported the concept, Butt said he did not. His opposition to committing acts of violence was, he said, a matter of tactics rather than principle. “Now, I am not in favour of military action in Britain but if somebody did do it who was British, I would not have any trouble with that either. . . It wouldn’t necessarily be the wisest thing to do but it wouldn’t be un-Islamic.”
Anyone who was involved in such attacks would be a “completely and utterly loose cannon”, said Butt, who now lives in the Leeds suburb of Beeston. Such “military action” would be unwise because “a bomb in London would be strategically damaging to Muslims here. Immigration is lax in Britain. . . London has more radical Muslims than anywhere in the Muslim world. A bomb would jeopardise everyone’s position. There has to be a place we can come.”
I suspect that Butt has also articulated one principle reason why we have not seen a similar bombing in the United States.
But he drew a distinction between Muslims who sought refuge in Britain – who would be bound by the covenant – and those who were born here, who would not.
“Most of our people, especially the youth, are British citizens,” he said. “They owe nothing to the Government. They did not ask to be born here; neither did they ask to be protected by Britain.”
He is assuming that their primary loyalty will be to the Islamic umma, as is taught by traditional, mainstream Islam.