Tim Blair


New Criterion



Wednesday, March 31, 2004
UNTO THE SECOND GENERATION goes the influence of Islamist extremism.

Eight British nationals have been arrested, one only 17-years-old, suspected of involvement in the commission, preparation or instigation of a terrorist act. Police left no doubt that they regard this as an extremely significant operation revealing a chilling find.

And that means time is up for our own Islamist preachers: al Hilaly, Omran and Zaoud.

We can't wait for the nominal leaders of law-abiding Muslims to get on board.

Even the startling news in Britain hasn't moved their leaders to join the right side.

MASSOUD SHADJAREH [Islamic Human Rights Commission in London] : We are getting report after report talking about Islamist terrorists. Associating terrorism with the fate of law-abiding Muslim citizens who are in the reality on the side of fighting terror. And this is totally outrageous and unacceptable and counter-productive.