These two threads come together in today’s news. Anjem Choudary, an unrepentant and vocal Islamist, is notorious throughout the UK as a disciple of Omar Bakri. He, his mentor, and the leader of the Luton protest now insist that the vitriol aimed at Britain’s armed forces was right and should continue. According to them, what the Luton demonstrators did was a moral imperative.
First, here’s Mr. Choudary giving an interview to Press TV:
And here’s a report from The Evening Standard:
Carry on Insulting UK Troops, Say Preachers- - - - - - - - -
Three of the UK’s most prominent extremist Islamic preachers today compared British soldiers in Iraq to the terrorists who carried out the 7/7 and 9/11 attacks.
Exiled Omar Bakri, his follower Anjem Choudary and Ishtiaq Alamgir, the man who led the recent protest against troops in Luton, said Muslims should continue to insult British soldiers and attack “evil” democracy and freedom of speech, no matter what the consequences.
They said British forces had “blood on their hands” and warned that Britain could face more terror attacks if it did not accept “the truth of Islam”.
The clerics spoke at a hotel in Walthamstow, with Bakri appearing by video link from Lebanon.
They accused soldiers in Iraq of carrying out torture, rape and murder and also called for the introduction of Sharia law to Britain, saying non-Muslims who did not accept it should leave the country.
Alamgir said: “The soldiers are saying they are doing their job. This is very shallow. The same could be said about the individuals who carried out the 7/7 or 9/11 attacks that they carried out on the orders of Sheikh Osama bin Laden.”
As I read about, watch, and listen to the various British terrorist apologists, I am led to a single inescapable conclusion:
A country that allows such barbarous men to spout their treasonous invective does not merit the status of a sovereign nation, and deserves to be taken over by Islamic supremacists.
By that I don’t necessarily mean that the law should be brought to bear on these men’s utterances — although, depending on whether they incite violence with their words, that may well be an appropriate option.
But why do they receive lavish subsidies from the government?
Why do they appear on state-owned media outlets?
Why don’t honest British patriots hound them with catcalls and insults when they appear in the streets?
Why doesn’t the public boycott any private media outlet that publishes their videos or articles?
Why don’t hotels and businesses refuse to provide them with conference facilities and video links?
Why is that Salman Rushdie requires a police escort and Anjem Choudary doesn’t?
Where is the outrage?
And I mean publicly expressed outrage, the kind of outrage that would make these men pull their coats over their heads and duck for cover whenever they venture out into daylight.
Absent any of that, these scoundrels are correct: the righteous Muslims may as well continue with their insults and sedition.
Welcome to the Islamic Republic of Albion.
Hat tip: Steen.