Location: London, United Kingdom

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Not in My Name

I suppose that is how democracy works, but to have my local MP be party to an open letter to the Prime Minister warning him that British foreign policy "risks putting civilians at increased risk both in the UK and abroad" sticks in my throat.

Putting aside the poor use of English (what did you expect), I am offended and ashamed that people in this country who pretend to be British citizens can subscribe to such rubbish. Imagine if English Catholics had decided to go on a terror & murder binge in the 70's and 80's because they disagreed with the way the British Government and Army were behaving in Northern Ireland towards Catholics there. In fact, using British muslim logic (an oxymoron if ever there was), British Catholics were in fact more justified in behaving like the islamic nutters of today. But they didn't. They didn't because they are first BRITISH and second, Catholic. This seemingly subtle nuance has escaped the authors of the open letter below:

"Prime Minister,
As British Muslims we urge you to do more to fight against all those who target civilians with violence, whenever and wherever that happens.
It is our view that current British government policy risks putting civilians at increased risk both in the UK and abroad.
To combat terror the government has focused extensively on domestic legislation. While some of this will have an impact, the government must not ignore the role of its foreign policy.
The debacle of Iraq and now the failure to do more to secure an immediate end to the attacks on civilians in the Middle East not only increases the risk to ordinary people in that region, it is also ammunition to extremists who threaten us all.
Attacking civilians is never justified. This message is a global one. We urge the Prime Minister to redouble his efforts to tackle terror and extremism and change our foreign policy to show the world that we value the lives of civilians wherever they live and whatever their religion.
Such a move would make us all safer."


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