Fighting It–Put Imams in Jail

The UK’s Sunday telegraph has a powerful editorial that speaks to intensifying the fight against Islamofascism


In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York five years ago, The Sunday Telegraph published a leading article entitled “There is no third way”. We stated that the West had only two choices: to appease the terrorists or to fight them.

That choice remains the only one available today. … no negotiation is possible with al-Qaeda or the fanatical Islamist organisations affiliated to it. Their goal is to destroy liberal, tolerant, secular society in all its forms, and replace it with a rigid theocratic dictatorship that enforces a medieval interpretation of the most barbaric elements of Islamic law.

In the conflict between the terrorists who wish to impose their vision of a “just and righteous society” by force on the rest of us, there is nothing to talk about: they are not interested in compromise or negotiation, and there is no common ground between their vision of the future and ours. The terrorists themselves have stated their position clearly: “We are not,” one of them has insisted, “trying to exact concessions from you. We are trying to eliminate you.”

…It is frequently asserted that were the Government to change its foreign policy on Iraq and Afghanistan, it would help diminish the conflict and the threat. There is little evidence that the terrorists themselves, as opposed to some of their vocal camp-followers, are motivated by the attempt to influence British foreign policy. But even if it were true that the Government’s foreign policy is a catalyst for terrorism, it would clearly be quite wrong to change it in order to appease the terrorists. The terrorists will never be appeased. If Britain’s foreign policy is wrong, politically or morally, it should be changed for that reason: it should not be changed to capitulate to terrorist blackmail.

To its credit, the Government shows no signs of capitulation. But to its detriment, it is signally failing to take on the preachers of hate in Britain, whose words encourage murder and provide succour for terrorism.

Earlier this year, the Government brought in the Terrorism Act 2006, whose provisions are precisely directed against those who make statements that “glorify the commission or preparation” of acts of terrorism. That Act has yet to be used.

In particular, it has not been used to prosecute the Islamist preachers who have stated that the murders of July 7, 2005 “raised the banner [for] jihad in the UK, which means it is allowed for suicide bombers to attack”; who have said that all non-Muslims should be converted or killed (“capture them and besiege them and prepare for an ambush from every angle”); and who have insisted that those murdered by the 7/7 bombers were, as “kuffar”, or non-Muslims, “animals and cowards”.

The Government’s failure to act against preachers of this kind of poison merely perpetuates and encourages them. That, in turn, helps, far more effectively than any foreign policy, to recruit people with a propensity to homicidal violence to the terrorist cause.

It was the failure to act decisively against the preachers of hate that helped to incubate Islamic terrorism in Britain. The continued reluctance to prosecute those preachers can only exacerbate the mortal danger we face.


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