Sunday, January 07, 2007

The British Mosque scene: Disturbing, but not new

NRO The Corner's Andrew Stuttaford points out this disturbing report on the British Mossque scene:

An undercover investigation has revealed disturbing evidence of Islamic extremism at a number of Britain's leading mosques and Muslim institutions, including an organisation praised by the Prime Minister. Secret video footage reveals Muslim preachers exhorting followers to prepare for jihad, to hit girls for not wearing the hijab, and to create a 'state within a state'. Many of the preachers are linked to the Wahhabi strain of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia, which funds a number of Britain's leading Islamic institutions.

I can't say that there is anything new about this. In the book I just finished reading, Inside the Jihad, the author reports seeing speeches and teachings like this over ten years ago. And the most disturbing aspect of his story was that the Brits didn't seem to understand how to handle these things. In fact, as the author painted the story, the French better understood radical Islam than the Brits did. I hope that has changed, but something tells me the Brits are still behind the curve on this.

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