I have long posted the view that it is Islam, Stupid, that is the problem and nothing to do with Iraq or our policies vis-a-vis Israel or the oppression of Muslims or anything else. It is Islam qua Islam that is the cause of terrorism in the world.
26 Jul 2006,
UK Telegraph pees in pants over Muslim threat
Many too, in the United States assume that the Koran is somehow a Holy Book like our Bible and therefore it must be "extremists" who have mis-read the Koran. No. It is the other way around. The extremists "read" the Koran correctly. It is moderate Muslims, usually those brought up who did not study the Koran diligently, that misunderstand the Koran.
Well, finally a Muslim has the testicles to tell the truth about Islam and agree with me that it is Islam that is the problem not anything we have done:Moonbattery:
2 Jul 2007,
I was a fanatic...I know their thinking, says former radical Islamist
When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network - a series of British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology - I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.
By blaming the Government for our actions, those who pushed this "Blair's bombs" line did our propaganda work for us.
More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.
The attempts to cause mass destruction in London and Glasgow are so reminiscent of other recent British Islamic extremist plots that they are likely to have been carried out by my former peers.
And as with previous terror attacks, people are again saying that violence carried out by Muslims is all to do with foreign policy.
For example, on Saturday on Radio 4's Today programme, the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said: "What all our intelligence shows about the opinions of disaffected young Muslims is the main driving force is not Afghanistan, it is mainly Iraq."
I left the British Jihadi Network in February 2006 because I realised that its members had simply become mindless killers. But if I were still fighting for their cause, I'd be laughing once again.
Mohammad Sidique Khan, the leader of the July 7 bombings, and I were both part of the network - I met him on two occasions.
And though many British extremists are angered by the deaths of fellow Muslim across the world, what drove me and many others to plot acts of extreme terror within Britain and abroad was a sense that we were fighting for the creation of a revolutionary worldwide Islamic state that would dispense Islamic justice.
For a detailed account of Hassan Butt read A British Jihadist.