In the latest example of a faded celebrity who just can’t keep his or her mouth shut, Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam,) speaking at Cardiff University in the UK, suggested that it was really Britain’s foreign policy which invited the London terrorist attacks, according to the Associated Press (thanks to DC Watson).
British foreign policy played a role in motivating the July 7 London bombings, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens said Tuesday.
Yusuf Islam, who had a string of pop hits in the 1960s and ’70s, said an al-Qaida video claiming responsibility for the attacks and linking them to Britain’s role in the Middle East showed foreign policy “was not the only factor but it was a major contributory.”
Of course, Stevens/Islam also reminded his audience that those who taught Islam had a responsibility to make sure extremism did not arise among the greater community.
“At the same time we have to look at how the teaching of Islam has been distorted,” he added.
Such equivocation has become a familiar tactic among terrorist apologists, who lead with an attack on “Western foreign policy” and then, ever so half-heartedly, suggest Islam be taught in a more effective way.