July 17, 2007

Extremism or Extremism

Moderate clerics are incapable of protecting young British Muslims from al-Qa’ida’s radical influence, extremist preacher Omar Bakri reportedly said on Wednesday

"A sign of the power of al-Qa’ida" in Britain was that educated Islamic youths were being recruited for terror attacks, he said from his home in Lebanon.

Bakri is blaming the spread of al-Qa’ida’s influence on the new anti-terror laws for stopping firebrand preachers like himself from protecting the youth.

"Al-Qa’ida are happy that people like me are having to leave the country and people like Abu Qatada is imprisoned, because it gives them more grounds to recruit young Muslims.

"Radical followers used to be controlled by radical preachers, but they can no longer exist in the UK, so they are being controlled by Al-Qa’ida," he added.

This might not be as far fetched as it sounds. Hajj was telling me the other day how Abu Hamza, a long while back mentioned in a khutba that the younger kids who used to call him weren't calling anymore- implying they may have moved on to more dangerous activities. I don't know if I have this is on tape anywhere.

The Crevice plotters left Bakri's posse critisising them for being "All talk." I heard more than one journalist in Finsbury park saying "but they are not going to do anything..." sounding almost dissapointed. I am worried that Bakri is right here, maybe there is extremism and extremism. Radicalisation and radicalisation.

"I always believed radical preachers could control young Muslims. They would do so with protesting and peaceful demonstration, and not violence."

Bakri said he would not have left the UK if anti-terror laws including those banning incitement of religious hatred had not been introduced.

He said the 21/7 bomb plotters deserved to face the consequences for trying to attack Britain, saying: "I never believed that you should try in any way to attack the people you are living among.

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