Apparently the same way Iraq, dogs, and underwear ads tend to radicalize Muslims. If the latter are constantly crying “wolf” — that is, if everything “offends,” “enrages,” and “radicalizes” them, if “cartoons” lead to riots and deaths — exactly when should the world take Muslim complaints seriously?
“Ministers voice fears Gaza will radicalise British Muslims,” from AFP, January 12:
LONDON (AFP) “” Government ministers expressed concern Monday that Israel’s military campaign in Gaza was radicalising Muslims in Britain.
Communities Secretary Hazel Blears said she was “very concerned” that the conflict could help extremists, and justice minister Shahid Malik warned it was having a “profoundly acute and unhealthy” effect on Muslim communities here.
“I am very concerned indeed that the events in Gaza could well be used by those people who want to peddle pernicious extremist views to draw particularly vulnerable young people into that kind of extremism,” Blears told the BBC.[…]
On Thursday, representatives of Muslim organisations who have been active in tackling extremism in Britain warned Prime Minister Gordon Brown in a letter that anger over the Israeli campaign in Gaza has reached “acute levels”.
“The Israeli government’s use of disproportionate force … has revived extremist groups and empowered their message of violence and perennial conflict,” said the letter…