British metropolitan police Chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe warned last year that a terror attack on the soil was a question of when, not if. Now, government hinting that another attack may be highly likely attack in the aftermath of last week’s London carnage, makes one wonder about spread of extremists’ tentacles in the society.
It’s a pity that one of the strongest countries in the world is being poached by the ruthless terrorists. However, the greatest question arising out of the hurly-burly is whether it’s a matter of weakness or lack of will by authorities that’s allowing these maniacs to grow in the West.
Isn’t it shocking for countries like UK to see Uthman Badar, leader of hardliner Hizb ut-Tahrir was caught openly advocating killing of anybody who reverts from Islam ? The UK remains one of the strong bases of Hizb ut-Tahrir
Badar had no hesitation to state that “Apostates attract capital punishment and we don’t shy away from that” while addressing group’s policy forum in Bankstown Sydney Australia on Saturday.
It is jaw dropping to see Jihadi groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir are allowed to operate on Western soil when the Muslim majority countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh have put a ban on their operations inside their countries declaring them jihadi terrorists.
Another example of how these blood quenching leeches are allowed to exploit the humane Western laws related to freedom of expression is when a jihadi cleric who is also banned inside Pakistan was openly spreading communal hatred inside UK during the last Christmas.
The extremist cleric named Muzaffar Shah Qadri’s hate speeches inside the UK led to a public outcry causing a ban on his hate-inciting addresses to his followers.
He was known for celebrating the killing of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer while declaring his police-guard Mumtaz Qadri as a hero for spraying 27 bullets into his body in a brazen assassination in January 2011.
The UK’s counter terrorism strategy has been in stalemate for past few decades due to lack of will or resistance on part of the local Muslim communities. Muslims consider such policies as an infringement on their freedom.
Freedom which costs the whole society lives of innocent citizens whilst these extremists mount a terror strike like the one in Westminster.
The surge of recent terror attacks across the Europe is making many citizens think the silence of the local Muslim communities is also some kind of connivance.
Desperate, they have started to look into other directions clinging onto any X, Y or Z who promises to dismantle apologetic and appeasing policies towards extremism and promises to tackle the problem head on unlike the traditional politicians.
Another extremist group CAGE’s spokesman Ibrahim Mohamoud was bold enough to argue that extremists shouldn’t be denied “the right to free speech”. Mohamoud was reacting after British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to activate the Prevent strategy.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) blatantly refused to support the systematic approach towards dealing with the objectives of Prevent, the so-called “four P’s” (Prevent, Pursue, Protect, and Prepare).
In October 2016 MCB, which represents around 500 Muslim charities, mosques and schools outright rejected the government scheme and promised to launch their own preventive counter-extremism scheme.
They didn’t even bother to share any details about their so-called prevention plan and ended up only being a diversion against the government efforts. It also exposed the lack of will on part of the Imams and the so-called community leaders as they never announced any minutes of their promised prevent plan till date while making the move a delaying tactic for the actual policy.
One also wonders whether MCB like organizations are also afraid of losing the opportunities to brainwash their kids by allowing the state to monitor their so-called schools and mosques. It is the places like those where young kids are given the basic building blocks of extremism, making them believe that all apostates and homosexuals deserve to be killed while women who disobey their men and don’t wear hijabs or burqas are simply whores.
In the aftermath of Westminster terror attack British people are running out of patience and they want their government to stand up to the task and eliminate the threat without any more holdups.
The counter extremism measures that they took in the past such as against hardliner clerics including Anjem Chaudhry and Hamza al Masri proved too little and too late.
Anjem Choudary avoided being held accountable for his hateful speeches for a long time.
The violence that Anjem Choudary and other Imams like him spew is technically non-violent, but definitely favours the jihadi organizations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Through their spin games, they keep the waters murky enough for the terrorists to recruit and operate.
Local Muslims should stand up against these extremists. They are not only creating distrust between non-Muslim and Muslim citizens but also depriving their radicalized kids of a bright future and even a life.
The British government needs a complete overhaul of their anti-terror strategy such as those that the Germans took after a maniac plowed a heavy truck on the innocent civilians who were gathered in a Christmas market on November 12, 2016.
They shut down the mosque that was involved in radicalization of the culprit Anis Amri while launching a countrywide operation against any Islamist groups who might be engaged in recruitment, propagating or supporting the terrorist groups indiscriminately.
The British government should wake up and understand that the stakes have become really high, as the cancer of violent extremism metastasizes to the different organs of their society.
Thousands of Muslims have reportedly either joined the ranks of ISIS or serve inside Europe as their collaborators.
ISIS has already lost its ground in both Syria and Iraq, which means these heavily radicalized jihadis might be heading back to their native countries in Europe, likely, to unleash further havoc that the society might not be capable of enduring.