Jihadist Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad says that it’s time for Muslims to quite Britain. Maybe it is, but I suspect that there are still a few jihadists in Britain who may believe that victory is within their grasp. “Cleric banned from U.K. slams Britain’s ‘evil ideology’ of government,” from AFP, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
LONDON: A radical Islamic cleric who was banned from Britain in the wake of the July 7 London bombings on Wednesday described the political response to the attacks as “evil,” and urged British Muslims to follow his example by leaving the country.
Omar Bakri Mohammad, who was born in Syria but lived in Britain for 20 years and had been allowed to live indefinitely without being granted a passport, left for Beirut in August….
Bakri, who praised the September 11 hijackers in the United States in 2001 as “magnificent,” prompted outrage after the July 7 bombings when he said he would never tip off police if he knew a Muslim was about to carry out an attack….
He said he left Britain because of the government’s response to July 7, and to the failed repeat bombings a fortnight later, which has seen a crackdown on Islamic extremism.
“I left with the intention that I did not want to come back, because of the evil ideology and evil policy adopted by the British government,” Bakri said.
Before this response to the bombings, Muslims in Britain were “living in harmony,” Bakri said. “I was living in the U.K. because I really loved the country, which was really my second home, and I had no problem with the culture.
“However, after the bombings of July 7, I think the British government adopted a policy to cover up their own failure to find who was behind the bombing, to start to accuse the so-called extremists. Unfortunately some people bought that from them.”
Britain’s Muslim population should consider following his lead, Bakri said.
“Myself, personally, I do not see any reason to stay in the U.K. after the new laws of terrorism,” he said. “I think the Muslim community can no longer live in peace in the U.K. It is better for them to think to leave.”