Oddly enough, instead of targeting the Amish, “Sentences show anti-terrorism law targets Muslims,” by Dr Abdul Hadi Al-Timi (Abu Dhabi Editor), for Gulf News, August 21:
Dubai: The recent sentencing of two British Muslims under anti-terrorism law will not be the last in a long series of court judgments and imprisonments of members of the Muslim community since 2001.
The long sentences of 10 and 12 years were handed down on Aabid Khan and his cousin Sultan Mohammad, both 23 years old and from Bradford in central England, after they were convicted of “possessing or making documents promoting terrorism”.
Yes, very “harsh” indeed. I’m sure infidels captured in Mecca trying kill and wreak havoc would be treated much more leniently.
A third person, Hammaad Munshi, will be sentenced next month. He was just 16 when he was arrested on his way home from school and is already described as Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist.
Yes, surely an unfair appellation. After all, he only wanted to “wipe out all infidels” from the face of the planet, and was reading a “how-to” book to that end.
These types of sentences and the attitude of the British authorities against the Muslim community had created controversy and disruption of inter-communal relations in the UK.
Here’s a solution: Muslims living in the UK, stop plotting to destroy it and the latter will not prosecute you.
They had also led to sectarian and racist attacks against Muslims as well as drawing angry and strong protests and criticism from human rights and religious bodies. Despite the authorities’ denials, those sentences are seen as racially and religiously motivated.