Mohammed Kozbar says, “Every time the issue of young British Muslims going to Syria is raised, the same question is asked by both the media and the government: Why isn’t the Muslim community doing more to stop these young people joining Islamic State (Isis)?”
Then he answers: “But while the Muslim community should rightly shoulder some responsibility to address this problem, simply putting all the blame and responsibility at the doors of our community will only risk alienating, marginalising and criminalising a new generation of Muslim youth.”
Did you catch that? He is saying that we cannot ask the Muslim community to do more to stop young Muslims from joining the Islamic State, because if we do, we will drive young Muslims to join the Islamic State.
Then he compounds this nonsense by claiming that Muslims are “second-class citizens” in Britain. He should ask Christians in Mosul or Bahais in Iran or Hindus in Bangladesh if they would rather be treated the way they are treated now, or if they would prefer to be treated the way Muslims are in the UK. I guarantee you that they would opt for the latter.
And anyway, we see the British Prime Minister going cap in hand to Muslim groups and delivering shamefully obsequious talks. We see thousands — thousands! — of non-Muslim girls’ lives destroyed by Muslim rape gangs who were not prosecuted for fear of appearing “racist” and offending Muslims. We see the BBC and other organs of mainstream opinion anxious not to broadcast anything that might cast Muslims in a negative light. We see people banned from entering Britain just for telling unwelcome truths about Islam. In other words, we see that in Britain Muslims are not second-class citizens, they’re a privileged class.
But Mohammed Kozbar knows that that privilege is bought with the coin of victimhood, and so that is what he is minting here.
“Isis in the UK: Pig-headed racism and British policy is pushing young Muslims towards Islamic State,” by Mohammed Kozbar, International Business Times, April 13, 2015 (thanks to Lookmann):
Every time the issue of young British Muslims going to Syria is raised, the same question is asked by both the media and the government: Why isn’t the Muslim community doing more to stop these young people joining Islamic State (Isis)?
But while the Muslim community should rightly shoulder some responsibility to address this problem, simply putting all the blame and responsibility at the doors of our community will only risk alienating, marginalising and criminalising a new generation of Muslim youth.
Impressionable young Muslims who are steered towards extremism are British citizens and our government is duty-bound to engage with both them and the leaders of the Muslim community. The solution is not to issue new counter terrorism bills, a strategy which has largely failed.
The fact is some young Muslims feel they are second-class citizens in Britain. Many face inequality and discrimination at work, anti-Muslim hatred and even physical attacks.
It is irresponsible for pundits, politicians and commentators to dismiss outright a link between British foreign policy and radicalisation. Young Muslims are often politicised and sometimes radicalised by daily news of fellow Muslims attacked, killed, oppressed and denied the freedom to lead their own lives….
A study by Islamophobia network research recently claimed $57m is spent on spreading hate against Muslims in America through the media and by politicians.
This is nonsense, of course. The amount is fanciful, spent over many years to many disparate groups labeled “Islamophobic,” while the Leftist hate group that produced the report has a $50 million budget in one year alone. Also, the question of motive is never discussed: why would anyone care so much about Muslims as to spend even a penny, much less 57 million dollars, on some gratuitous effort to make them look bad? The very idea is absurd.
I wonder how much has been spent here in the UK? We recently saw the case of the so-called Trojan horse scandal – where a “plot” was alleged by which extremist Muslims planned to infiltrate schools. It transpired that there never was a plot in the first place….
Yes, this plot is so fictional that 100 Muslim teachers are facing being banned for their participation in it.
But despite our best efforts, we are still subject to anti-Muslim hate attacks. We have had a pig’s head hung on our gates; our mosque has been fire-bombed; white powder sent to our Imam; and we have received numerous death threats.
None of this is justified, if any of it happened. However, let’s remember that the man writing it is in the UK, where Muslims brutally murdered a British soldier on a London street. And where Muslims on July 7, 2005 set off coordinated jihad bombs that killed 52 and injured over 700. To suggest that a pig’s head on a mosque’s gates is equivalent to that only shows how much it is not equivalent, and how Muslims in Britain are generally not in danger.
Violence breeds violence and this cycle must stop. There is a desperate need for a dialogue and understanding of the real issues at play in order to find solutions to our problems and challenges. Scapegoating the Muslim community or trying to divide the community on nefarious grounds is not the solution.
Let us all start today by acknowledging that Muslims are part of British society and like all communities they need understanding and support, rather than hate and the criminalisation of their faith.
In other words, follow the U.S. government’s lead in removing all mention of Islam and jihad from study of terrorism, and pretend that there is no jihad against the free world.