Hal G.P. Colebatch in The American Spectator makes a number of important observations about self-proclaimed moderate Muslims in Britain:
Ali Miraj is a young British Muslim who may go places in the British Conservative Party. He has been twice endorsed by the Conservatives to contest Parliamentary elections and is a board member of the Conservative Party Policy Review on International and National Security. He has written an article in the conservative Daily Telegraph in the immediate aftermath of the airliner bombing plot, headlined: “Muslim anger must be recognized.” He says a recent poll indicates more than 100,000 of 1.6 million Muslims in Britain see nothing wrong with terrorism against Britain such as the 7/7 train bombings (some others put the number higher).
He continues that in many mosques up and down the country,
We are constantly reminded that there is a perpetual battle between the righteous (Muslims) and the “kuffar” (non-believers). You will find no “love thy neighbor” sermons of the kind I heard as a child at an Anglican primary school.
In addition to this, anti-Jewish sentiment appears to be hard-wired into a number of Muslims I meet. At the last general election, I remember being told by some of Watford’s taxi drivers, slurping the froth from their pints of lager, that they could not vote for me as the leader of my party, Michael Howard, was a Jew.
He then got down to what might be seen as the nitty-gritty:
But it is the foreign policy pursued by the US and Britain, not deprivation or a clash of values, in my view, that is the principal catalyst of radicalization. A leaked Home Office report on relations with the Muslim community from 2004 itself recognized the ‘perception of double standards in British foreign policy.’
Tony Blair argues that Muslims have a “false sense of grievance” towards the West. He is wrong. The overwhelming majority of Muslims find themselves on a continuum ranging from “deeply upset” to “extremely angry.”
The sense of frustration at the injustice faced by Muslims across the world as a consequence of the foreign policies of the West (principally the US) is palpable. Mr. Blair’s refusal to call for an immediate ceasefire in response to the current war in Lebanon only reinforces the view held by more than half of British Muslims that the war on terror is a war on Islam …
So, surprise! Surprise! Islamic terrorism is the West’s fault. In Britain it is also, it seems, Tony Blair’s fault for being insufficiently opposed to Israel. Mr. Miraj continues: “There is no doubt that all British Muslims, not just their self-proclaimed leaders, must to do more to combat intolerance in their midst. That task is made more difficult when, despite all the mass protests against the war in Iraq, the Government is seen not to have listened.”
There is a great deal more of value in this article. Read it all.