These Muslims somehow have gotten the Islamophobic idea that democracy and secularism are incompatible with Islam. They must be misunderstanders of Islam. In any case, it sure is a good thing that Britain barred Pamela Geller and me from entering the country. If we had gone there, Muslims might have grown enraged by our “Islamophobia,” and begun demonstrating in favor of al Qaeda in Syria.
“London Islamists Demonstrate in Support of Al-Qaeda in Syria, against FSA,” from MEMRI, January 25:
Islamists demonstrated outside Regent Park Mosque on January 24, 2014 in support of Al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Demonstrators, raising the black flag of Al-Qaeda and holding signs in favor of a caliphate in Syria, called the Free Syrian Army infidels.
Following are excerpts from footage of the demonstration, posted on the Internet on January 25:
British Islamist: Is the solution for Syria democracy?
British Islamist: Is the solution for Syria secularism?
British Islamist: Is the solution for Syria the Free Syrian Army?
British Islamist: My dear Muslim brothers, the FSA are nothing but infidels. Remember that. The Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council are not the solution for Syria. They are going to bring heresy under the guise of democracy with the help of the international community. Don’t make the same mistake that many people have made before.
For the last three years, the oppressive and tyrannical Bashar Al-Assad regime – with the explicit and implicit support of the international community – has murdered over 140,000 Muslims, has raped and pillaged the entire nation, and used chemical weapons upon the people of Syria. These murderers are now gathering in Geneva, for the Geneva II Conference to decide the fate of the Muslims in Syria. We, as Muslims, are standing here today, and showing our support for the Muslims in Syria and giving the Islamic stance.
Do you hear, brothers, the Saudi regime is sending billions and billions of riyals to the rebels to fight the mujahideen in Syria. The Americans are fighting their proxy war in Syria, sending millions and millions to fight the mujahideen.
We hope that our voice and our message will reach the Muslims of Syria. There are Muslims in the U.K,, and we are bound not by our nationality – that you are Syrians and we are not – but by the bond of brotherhood, of being believers and Muslims. Our war and your war are one. Your blood and our blood are one.
I ask you: By Allah, why is the Saudi regime not sending its army to fight in Syria against Assad?
My dear Muslim brothers, the Levant – that blessed land… The land of Jihad, brothers… Brothers, we betrayed the Muslims of Afghanistan after 9/11. We’ve betrayed the Muslims of Palestine since 1947. We’ve betrayed the Muslims of Chechnya, who are fighting against the Russians. Are we going to betray the Muslims of Syria today?