Whose side are they on? He was fighting the Taliban and threw himself on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers.
We have seen before in the United Kingdom that insulting Britain’s armed forces is one unmistakable line Muslim groups cannot cross without a public response. “Fury after two Muslim councillors refuse to take part in standing ovation for Marine who won George Cross,” from the Daily Mail, February 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Two Muslim councillors were under fire today after they refused to take part in a standing ovation to honour a Marine who won the George Cross.
Salma Yaqoob and Mohammed Ishtiaq remained seated during a ceremony for Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher.
The 26-year-old was awarded the George Cross after he flung himself onto a Taliban hand grenade to save his comrades during an ambush in Helmand Province in 2008.
He was serving with 40 Commando when his patrol came under fire but he miraculously survived because his backpack took the force of the blast.
L/Cpl Croucher became the most highly-decorated serving Marine when he received the George Cross for ‘outstanding bravery not involving direct contact with the enemy’.
More than 100 councillors at Birmingham City Council attended a meeting on Tuesday night to honour L/Cpl Croucher, who was there as guest of honour.
But when the councillors stood to give him a standing ovation Cllrs Yaqoob and Ishtiaq, who are both members of the Respect party, refused to get to their feet.
Fellow councillors today reacted with fury at the snub and branded the pair ‘shameful’.
Conservative Cllr John Lines said: ‘They should be ashamed of themselves.
‘This was not the time or place to stage an anti-war protest – this man risked his life for his comrades.
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Yaqoob and Ishtiaq yesterday remained defiant about their decision to snub L/Cpl Croucher, branding the gesture ‘false patriotism’.
Cllr Yaqoob, Respect Party leader and head of Birmingham’s Stop the War Coalition, said: ‘It was more about the politicians feeling good about themselves for sending our young men to fight for reasons that have proved to be false.
Once again: Croucher threw himself on a grenade in a fight with the Taliban. Honoring him is “false patriotism?”
‘I have every sympathy for our soldiers on a human level, they are only doing their jobs.
‘But this ovation was just a big public show, it was false patriotism.
Wrapping coffins in the flag and awarding medals does not make it right.’
You’re showing us everything we need to know about “false patriotism,” Yaqoob.