Does Stephen Timms really think that if Google and YouTube removed these videos, that “radicalization” would cease? Does he think that all the mosques in Britain preach a benign form of Islam, entirely shorn of violence and supremacism? If so, he is an excellent example of how the British intelligentsia persists in wrongly evaluating the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat.
“Stabbed MP urges Google and YouTube to remove extremist sites,” by Steven Swinford for the Telegraph, June 2 (thanks to John):
An MP who was stabbed by an al-Qaeda fanatic has accused Google and other internet giants of “shrugging their Âshoulders” over extremist videos and websites.
Stephen Timms, who was attacked by a Muslim student in his East Ham constituency in east London three years ago, said ministers must investigate how to remove radical material from the internet in the wake of the Woolwich terror attack.
Thousands of extremist videos are easily available on YouTube and other websites, and police investigating the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby have seized a number of computers.
Roshonara Choudhry, the student who attacked Mr Timms, was inspired by online sermons by a radical preacher who urged Muslims to do “whatever you can” in violent defiance of the West.
She tried to murder the Labour MP as “punishment” for voting in favour of the Iraq war, and she is now serving a life sentence.
Mr Timms said: “It does appear that it was exactly that material which led to my being stabbed, and I would feel much better if it wasn’t there.
“I would certainly welcome an exploration of what might be possible. Those companies have slightly shrugged their shoulders.
“This question [about radical material] was raised after Roshonara’s trial in November 2010.
“I understand that YouTube at the time said they would take it all down, which they did, and I”m told that within 10 or 15 minutes it was all back up again.
“They ought to be responsible. My scepticism is whether it is technically possible to do so with the amount of stuff that’s being uploaded. Clearly if it could, it would be an attractive idea.”
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has said the Government is considering forcing Google and other internet giants to take more responsibility for blocking extremist websites. Search engines, social media networks and video websites rely on users to alert them to offensive content.
Mr Timms also criticised the BBC for interviewing Anjem Choudary on Newsnight.
“This morning somebody I know in one of the local mosques asked me to write on his behalf to the BBC to complain about the fact that Anjem Choudary was given airtime.
“He said, ‘He does not speak to us, please can you find people that do speak for us”.
Actually the BBC and other British news outlets have been filled with “moderate Muslims” condemning these jihad attacks. But what are they doing to eradicate the beliefs that led to them from the Muslim community?
“One of the most memorable aspects after what happened to me was the response from the community afterwards, many of them from Muslims saying, ‘We are praying for you”.
“It left me with a very strong sense that the great majority of people in the Muslim community are appalled by what happened to me and in Woolwich, but are mortified that people claim to be doing it in their faith.”
Where is this “great majority” acting against the beliefs that led to the Woolwich jihad attack, and the attack on Timms?
Mr Timms said he still does not understand why Choudhry became radicalised…..
He should try reading the Qur’an. That may clear it up.