A commentary by Pat Condell in response to reports of gang rapes of female children by Pakistani Muslims in the UK.
1400 cases of “appalling” sexual exploitation revealed in UK report
Rotherham child abuse investigator “had data stolen”
Police would not investigate for fear of breaching victim’s human rights
Rotherham police tried to disprove victims
UK police arrested parents trying to stop their children being raped
Rotherham victims had their babies taken away
Rotherham child abusers “brazen”, says care home worker
Child abuse campaigner: Rotherham scandal is part of a “vastly wider issue”
Rotherham is not an isolated incident, says MP
The head of children’s services in Rotherham attempts to pass the buck
Rotherham’s Joyce Thacker follows Common Purpose’s progressive agenda
Rotherham Council spent thousands of pounds on Common Purpose training for staff
A secret society?
… the big irony is requesting U.S. assistance while the U.S. has not been able to control its own southern border.
EXCLUSIVE: FBI agents to guard UK airports against jihadi fanatics
From: Sunday Express – www.express.co.uk
By: Caroline Wheeler & Amardeep Bassey, August 24, 2014
DOZENS of FBI agents are to be posted at UK airports amid fears that Britain’s anti-terrorism efforts are failing to keep track of jihadi fanatics.
Three US officers from a specialist FBI counter-terror unit are expected to land at Heathrow on Tuesday, with another 10 arriving within the week and dozens more over coming months.
They will monitor suspect passengers as well as investigate “terror hot-spots” across Britain in the wake of the beheading of American James Foley in Iraq. Last night, however, critics claimed their arrival was an admission that cuts to police and the UK Border Force had left Britain out of its depth and overwhelmed in the war on terror.
Officially, US officers who have been monitoring terrorist activity ever since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 will liaise with the Metropolitan Police’s secretive SO15 counter-terrorism command and MI5.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: We’re still waiting to see additional confirmation on this and note that the “Express” is considered tabloid and has run conspiracy articles in the past. That aside, in theory, a multi-national task force approach should have a positive impact for both countries.U.S. anti-terror efforts have been extremely effective since the 9/11 attacks, however the U.K. environment and demographics are not even close in comparison. It’s a safe bet that should this agreement be valid, it is a result of U.S. official pressure from the murder of a U.S. journalist by a British citizen who joined ISIS/IS (Islamic State). Of course the big irony is requesting U.S. assistance while the U.S. has not been able to control its own southern border.
… there are approximately 600 British Muslim service members in its armed forces of almost 200,000 people. Official government estimates put the number of British Islamic State fighters operating in Syria and Iraq at up to 800.
Britain’s Muslim community has just received much international attention with speculation that the ISIS/IS (Islamic State) murder of journalist James Foley was done at the hands of a British citizen. Now USA Today is reporting:
More British Muslims fight for Islamic State than Britain
From: USA TODAY
By: Kim Hjelmgaard and John Bacon, August 21, 2014
LONDON — It is likely that there are now more British Muslims fighting for the Islamic State than for Britain’s military.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense confirmed to USA TODAY that there are approximately 600 British Muslim servicemembers in its armed forces of almost 200,000 people. Official government estimates put the number of British Islamic State fighters operating in Syria and Iraq at up to 800. The Foreign Office cautioned Thursday that it is difficult to provide precise numbers.
The militant who beheaded American journalist James Foley in a horrifying video released this week spoke with a British accent. United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond acknowledged that the militant in the video could be a British national. And he knows the problem of British jihadists is not a new one.
“This is something we have been tracking and dealing with for many, many months and I don’t think this video changes anything,” he said. “It just heightens awareness of a situation which is very grave.”
In 2013 we reported on how the U.K. insists on dealing with their Islamic terror problems by dismissing attacks and incidents as the actions of some radical “lone wolf”, ignoring organized internal Islamist factions. Frequently there is appeasement to the British Muslim community, even suggesting Muslim victim hood in western society could be the cause. According to the above USA Today article:
Ghaffar Hussain, of the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank in Britain, said the lure could be empowerment for many British Muslims with grievances over their treatment in a predominantly non-Muslim society. “It makes them feel like they are part of something that is important to the world,” he said. “If you feel like you don’t really fit in or if Muslims are being attacked and a narrative comes along that explains all that away in a simple way, that is attractive.”
To address the problem of Britain’s Muslims heading off to the Middle East to participate in jihad, it’s reported the government has implemented a diversion type program:
Hussain said a task force was set up – called Channel – to identify people who have been flagged in schools and institutions as being at risk of being drawn into extremism. Channel then pairs them with a mentor who assesses their needs and tries to offer support. But, he said, a major failing of the program is that it only works if individuals are flagged by the system.
The official U.K. government estimates may be overly conservative. A Newsweek article reports:
Khalid Mahmood, the MP for Perry Barr in Birmingham, estimates that at least 1,500 young British Muslims have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria in the last three years.
Mahmood told Newsweek that this figure had been building since the start of the Syrian conflict: “If you look across the whole of the country, and the various communities involved, 500 going over each year would be a conservative estimate.”
If MP Mahmood’s numbers are accurate, it would mean over twice as many British Muslim ISIS/IS fighters than Muslims serving in the British military.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: The U.K. government knows they have a problem – a very big one – 800 known British jihadists in addition to the “unknowns”. The damage of years of permissive immigration policies and ignoring the internal Islamist threat has been done. It is almost beyond any rational thought to consider some form of a “Big Brother” mentoring program as a means to stop British jihadists from joining ISIS/IS. Hopefully the U.K. leaders have a much better plan for when the fighters return home. According to this report, a number already have.
As a result the top three spellings alone accounted for the names of 7,445 boys, easily beating the second most popular name Oliver which got just 6,949.
Muhammed Is Britain’s Most Popular Boys Name
By: Andre Walker, 15 Aug 2014
As exclusively reported by Breitbart London last week, Muhammed has been crowned Britain’s most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name of the Muslim prophet beat Oliver as the most popular boys name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013.
As a result of the way the statistics are put together, the name does not appear to have won, as the ONS classifies each of the different spellings as a different entry on the list. This means that “Muhammad” came in 15th with 3,499 children but “Mohammed” was 23rd with 2,887 and “Mohammad” was 57th with 1059 given the name.
As a result the top three spellings alone accounted for the names of 7,445 boys, easily beating the second most popular name Oliver which got just 6,949. Also the statistics are only published for the top 100 names, so the even more obscure spellings of Mohammed are likely to push the total even higher.
News that Mohammed is the most popular boys name in Britain was first exclusively reported on Breitbart London following a leak at the ONS last week. At the time, Mohammed was already the most popular boys name in London by some considerable margin.
The scale of the result is likely to leave the public shocked, although much of the mainstream media are expected to focus on the official ONS results. As a result, they will report that Mohammed only came in 15th, ignoring the multiple entries. In previous years, media outlets in Britain have not aggregated the various spellings and have only published the top 20 names, which makes it seem like traditional names remain dominant.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Add this to the laundry list of trends changing the face of Britain as Islam gains ground in Western culture.
*While Breitbart is claiming this as an exclusive, it should be noted that U.K.’s MailOnline published a similar report back in 2010.
Carry-on … nothing to see here …. (cough)
“This is a very disturbing development but one that should not come as a surprise since we are aware that around 500 British nationals have joined up with ISIS already.”
– Ghaffar Hussain, Quilliam Foundation
Radical students hand out Isis leaflets on Oxford Street in attempt to get British Muslims to join jihad
From: the London Evening Standard
By: David Churchill, August 13, 2014
Police were today probing leaflets handed out in the West End by radical students encouraging British Muslims to join the Islamic State (Isis).
Dozens of the leaflets were circulated on Oxford Street last night saying it is the responsibility of Muslims to pledge allegiance to the “Khaleef” – a reference to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed leader of extremists waging a murderous campaign across northern Iraq.
Images of the group were posted on Twitter by users angered by the claims, including one British Muslim who claimed she had been “racially abused” after challenging the group.
The men, from Luton, are former students of banned cleric Omar Bakri and firebrand preacher Anjem Choudary.Scotland Yard today confirmed it was assessing whether the contents of the leaflets is in breach of anti-terrorism laws.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Mr. Hussain is quite correct in noting that this should not come as a surprise yet Britain continues to have an overall “head in the sand” policy as we noted in an article last year. The west needs to stop ignoring the 800 lb gorilla sitting on the ottoman across the room.
Is kosher salt next? There are many important matters
to follow and worry about with Islamist movements.
This is probably not one of them.
Last week 185 Subway restaurants in the the United Kingdom and Ireland removed all pork ingredients (ham and bacon) from their menus. These specific restaurants will only be providing meat prepared according to halal rules.
This week the Telegraph reported that all U.K. Pizza Epxress locations (about 434) will be using ritually-slaughtered halal chicken:
Pizza Express is serving ritually-slaughtered halal chicken in every dish on its menu that uses the meat, it has emerged.
But customers are only told that the chicken they are eating is killed in line with strict Islamic law if they ask staff, as it is not stated on menus.
Under Islamic law, chicken can only be eaten if the bird’s throat has been slit while it is still alive. A Koranic verse is also recited during the ritual.
Some non-Muslims object to halal because they claim the method of slaughter can cause unnecessary suffering.
The firm, which has 434 restaurants across the UK, states on its website: “All our chicken is halal approved but it is important to note that all birds are stunned before being slaughtered.
With Subway, the 185 U.K. locations represent about 12% of the total outlets. The Muslim population in the U.K is about 5%. As in the U.S., Subway franchises are very popular with immigrants. Throw in that factor and you are most likely looking at tailoring menus to locations that have a large Muslim clientele. It’s reported that there are approximately 1500 Subway outlets in the U.K and this meat policy does not apply to over 1300 of them.
Pizza Express’s menu includes pepperoni, ham and spiced beef. All things that are not halal prepared. As a meat inspector noted in the Telegraph article, just having once source for the chicken saves money.
Is kosher salt next?
There are many important matters to follow and worry about with Islamist movements. This is probably not one of them.
… much depends on Britain discarding political correctness and embracing a mentality of … “enough is enough!
We first ventured into the topic of the Islamist issue in the United Kingdom with the July 2013 article, “Britain’s Muslim Mess – a head in the sand policy“. It came at the heels of the Boston Bombing and the brutal murder of British solider, Lee Rigby, on a Woolwich street.
In April 2014, we highlighted, “Nottingham UK: Islam’s Creep and Effect” – a personal account describing the changes seen by a resident as Islamic influences, spearheaded by Muslim immigrants, take hold of his neighborhood.
It is probably safe to say that most Britons are starting to reach their limit, or exceeded it, as they watch their surroundings morph into a society that places the religious demands of a minority above their own individual rights as citizens. Much of the blame can be placed on their leaders and politicians – the people responsible for what amounts to open door immigration and looking the other way while Islamists promote subversive activities.
These leaders and politicians may be waking up … or at least feeling pressure from the people they represent.
Back in 2001, in a speech concerning operations in Afghanistan, then British Prime Minister Tony Blair stated:
“It angers me, as it angers the vast majority of Muslims, to hear bin Laden and his associates described as Islamic terrorists. They are terrorist pure and simple. Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion and the acts of these people are wholly contrary to the teachings of the Koran.”
His words mirrored those of many western leaders at the time, including President G.W. Bush.
By 2013, Mr. Blair’s view’s toward Islam had definitely changed. While still trying to walk the politically correct line and not condemn the entire religion, he wrote in a column:
“There is a problem within Islam – from the adherents of an ideology which is a strain within Islam,’ … ‘We have to put it on the table and be honest about it. Of course there are Christian extremists and Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu ones. But I am afraid this strain is not the province of a few extremists. It has at its heart a view about religion and about the interaction between religion and politics that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies.”
On April 23, 2014, Mr. Blair delivered a speech at Bloomberg. It focused on Islamic extremism in the Middle East, but included the following:
“The Muslim population in Europe is now over 40m and growing. The Muslim Brotherhood and other organisations are increasingly active and they operate without much investigation or constraint. Recent controversy over schools in Birmingham (and similar allegations in France) show heightened levels of concern about Islamist penetration of our own societies.”
This statement is significant, especially the reference to Birmingham – also known as the Trojan Horse investigation – a stark contrast from earlier comments. Ever the politician and most likely fearing being labelled an islamaphobe, Blair tempered himself with:
“At this point it must again be emphasised: it is not Islam itself that gives rise to this ideology. It is an interpretation of Islam, actually a perversion of it which many Muslims abhor. There used to be such interpretations of Christianity which took us years to eradicate from our mainstream politics.”
Oh well, he was on a roll …
Still, Britain’s political leaders may actually be heading in a direction to reclaim their country.
- In February 2011, during a security conference in Munich, PM David Cameron condemned the long-standing policy of multiculturalism as a failure. Stating it was partly to blame for promoting Islamist extremism. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) criticized the speech, calling it as “disappointing”. The MCB has been identified as tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.
- In March 2014, PM David Cameron ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood and it’s links to violent extremism.
- On April 24th Sharia Watch UK was launched at the House of Lords to highlight the impact of Islamism in Britain.
Is this momentum enough to counter the threat posed by the Islamists’ agenda? Difficult to say and much depends on Britain discarding political correctness and embracing a mentality of … “enough is enough!”.
SIDE NOTE: On Feb 28, 2013 the Oxford Union held the Islam Peace Debate.
The results ….
MOTION: THIS HOUSE BELIEVES ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE.
The 6 presentations are available on YouTube
Social clashes between mainstream western ideology and Islamists have been festering for some time in the UK as in other European countries. The media and government officials have tended to down-play most incidents, even appearing to be apologetic at times.
The broad daylight hacking death of British solider Lee Rigby on a Woolwich street, shocked much of the world. Amateur phone video taken immediately after the murder, allowed the public to get an uncensored look at blood covered hands and hear the murderer’s explanation of the attack: revenge for the wrongs he felt had been committed against Muslims.
Much of the media carried official comments describing a “lone wolf” attack by someone that had been “radicalized.” An all to frequent line that appears to be an attempt to plant the concept of a single, disturbed individual acting alone – placing distance from any connection to “mainstream” Islam. At last report, there have been 10 arrests in connection with the Woolwich murder.
British Prime Minister Cameron addressed the Woolwich incident by describing the attack as a “betrayal of Islam”, giving the impression that Muslims were as much the victim as Lee Rigby. According to the Prime Minister, “There is nothing in Islam that justifies acts of terror.” He then moved to condemn all extremism, stating the government would not stand for groups like the English Defense League (EDL).
Prime Minister Cameron’s mention of the EDL was most likely an effort to provide a politically correct balance to his speech. A disturbing trend in many western countries, over the top tolerance towards Islam is accompanied with intolerance for individuals and groups that are critical of Islam.
This policy is based on a rather idealistic principle: appeasement will keep the Muslim community relatively content. In other words a policy of containment – a policy doomed to failure since the Islamic ideology is based on expansion and growth. Historically, Islamic societies have viewed appeasement as a sign of weakness just short of capitulation.
Several recent examples of said policy were in the news this week.
There was also the arrest of EDL members Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carrol. According to an AFP report:
Scotland Yard had warned Tommy Robinson and other EDL members they faced arrest if they went ahead with a planned walk and rally at the barracks in Woolwich, southeast London, where Lee Rigby was hacked to death.
The reported continued:
Police said the EDL’s plans risked causing “serious public disorder” and told the group to hold their rally, timed to mark Armed Forces Day in Britain, near parliament in central London.
The EDL campaigns against what it says is the spread of radical Islam in Britain. But it has been accused of Islamophobia and previous rallies have ended in clashes with anti-fascist groups.
Despite the police warning, Robinson went ahead with a sponsored walk through the capital with EDL co-leader Kevin Carroll, aimed to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.
The movement said both were arrested as they entered Tower Hamlets, an east London borough with a sizeable Muslim community and a large mosque, on their way to Woolwich.
The majority of media outlets showed footage of Robinson and Carroll being led away in handcuffs. What was omitted in most news accounts was the assault of Carroll in the presence of a number of police officers while he and Robinson were walking down the street.
Recorded on video, the assaulter appears to have never been taken into custody for a criminal act while Robinson and Carroll are arrested for an act of civil disobedience.
The recorded assault occurs about 30 seconds into the video linked below:
The EDL and it’s members have been involved in questionable activities in the past. That being said, Islamic special interest groups have proven to be extremely effective in manipulating local authorities to facilitate their goals and conducting smear campaigns against those that oppose them.
It seems the below video may pose a much more “serious public disorder” …
- EDL Leaders Tommy Robinson And Kevin Carroll Arrested Over Woolwich March (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
- EDL Leader Robinson Arrested Amid Tribute Bid (news.sky.com)
- Time to be honest about the English Defence League (enlightenmentlover.wordpress.com)
- edl leaders arrested during lee rigby march (thesun.co.uk)
University College, London UK reported that an organization identified as the Education and Research Academy (IERA), reserved a room for a debate and planned on segregating the audience by gender – a violation of University College policy.
The college informed IERA of the policy but the group still attempted to segregate the meeting.
For additional details visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0313/11032013-meeting
- UCL debate criticised for segregating seating by gender (guardian.co.uk)
- Institutional incompetence or moral cowardice? London event segregated by sex (secularnewsdaily.com)