A former Labour government minister, Kim Howells, has admitted that despite evidence of the clear “evil” intentions of British based radical Islamist preachers to support terrorism, his government had a policy of doing nothing for fear of being called ‘racists’.
This was despite warnings from diplomats in Islamic countries.
Even the 9/11 attacks in New York did not change the government’s policy. The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner says that this was because of a ‘NIMBY’ attitude where a belief existed in the Foreign Office that if the UK turned a blind eye to Islamist extremism it would be protected by a “covenant of security”. In short, they thought terrorists would attack other countries and leave Britain alone.
It was only the 7/7 bombings in London itself that changed their minds.
Indeed, in a cable leaked by Wikileaks, an Algerian diplomat says:
“Did the English consider the risks of allowing Londonistan to develop? The British thought that sheltering terrorists was a good solution, but they did not realise that one can never align oneself with the devil, and they did precisely that for years and years.”
However, in a BBC interview, Howells warns: “Even now, there’s a huge reluctance… to actually condemn the activities of murderous individuals who spread this kind of poison.”
This is true.
Britain, under the Con-Dem coalition, remains a haven for Islamist totalitarians and a hub for terrorist fundraisers.
A deliberate policy of inaction and refusal to enforce the law, by the police, prosecutors, and regulators has enabled Hamas to run its international support operation from London. They are brazen about it. They’ll even sue you if you point out that this is what they’re up to. The Government does absolutely nothing.
Perhaps policy advisers have warned Ministers that, to call a halt to this criminality, would be to emperil the trust of the “Muslim community”. Perhaps the thought is that we need to make nice with the Muslim Brotherhood, generally.
The result, unfortunately and wholly predictably, has been the normalisation of terrorist politics among a generation of British Muslims.