Now we finally hear what we should have heard all along. Will actions follow, or will these too prove to be empty words?
By Hugh Muir in the Guardian (thanks to Bob):
Britain’s most influential Muslim umbrella group today signalled a major shift in policy as it urged its communities to play a key and potentially decisive role in the fight against terrorism.
Declaring that “condemnation is not enough”, leaders of the Muslim Council of Britain, which has 400 affiliate organisations, voiced its most robust message yet and appealed to all Muslims to work hand in hand with the police.
The message carries dangers for the MCB, which has been criticised by radical activists for being too close to the government and the establishment.
But today Muhammad Abdul Bari, the MCB secretary general, said the current crisis meant that issues of conflict between the government, the police and Muslim communities – who have clashed in the past over anti-terrorist incidents and foreign policy – needed to be put to one side.
“When the house is on fire, the concern must be not to blame each other but to put the fire out. Our country is under threat-level critical.
“Those who seek to deliberately kill or maim innocent people are the enemies of us all. There is no cause whatsoever that could possibly justify such barbarity.”
He said the police and security services “deserve the fullest support and cooperation from each and every sector of our society, including all Muslims.”