They could be holding meetings about how they will redouble efforts to root out such plots and eradicate jihadist sentiments from among Muslims in Britain. Instead, this.
I have put in a couple of links below to show you the perspective of the people AFP interviewed for this story.
LONDON (AFP) – Muslim leaders in the British city of Birmingham rounded on the media after nine men were arrested in anti-terror raids on suspicion of an “Iraq-style” plot to kidnap and behead a Muslim soldier.
Speakers at the meeting at Birmingham Central Mosque called for fairness in the way the arrests were reported and for gagging orders to be placed on the names of those detained….
Businessman Tariq Mahmood, from the predominantly Muslim Alum Rock area of the city where several of the raids took place, said: “There is no evidence that we know of, but pure speculation, statements from the home secretary, houses raided and the media frenzy.
“The media will go away, the police will move on but we will feel the effects of this farce for years to come.”
Imran Waheed, from the Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir party, added: “The brothers who have been arrested are innocent until such event a just conviction is secured. At the moment, we have sensationalist reporting and trial by media.”
Moazzam Begg, a British former Guantanamo Bay detainee, was also angry at the media coverage.
“I hope that when the truth manifests itself that, metaphorically, heads will roll with the people who put out these stories in the first place,” he told the audience.
Metaphorically, but of course.