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Author Blasts Newsweek's 'No Worries on Islam' Article

Monday, 20 Jul 2009 01:39 PM

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When Newsweek came out with “Why Fears of a Muslim Takeover Are All Wrong,” a report in the July 20 edition of the magazine, backlash quickly followed from one resident of the European continent who blasts it couldn’t be more off-base.

Carol Gould, who lives in Europe, writes at pajamasmedia.com that when the report’s author William Underhill slammed the scaremongers for thinking radical Islam is a threat, he did so with neither foot in the reality world.

“The truth is that there are no powerful Muslim political movements in Europe, either continent-wide or at the national level,” Underhill concluded.

But Gould strongly disagreed. “Here in Britain not a week goes by without a media story on an issue brought into the national discourse by the powerful Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Association of Britain, or Muslim Parliament.”

She cites by way of example a July meeting at London’s Conway Hall hosted by the Center for Social Cohesion that had to be scrapped because the Muslim group al-Muhajiroun refused to allow men and women to sit together.

What’s worse, Gould recalled, is that after the meeting adjourned to the street, a large crowd enthusiastically responded as British Muslim leader Anjem Choudhary proclaimed, “We will dominate this country, my brothers, and implement the beauty and perfection of Islam.” Choudhary was drowned out by shouts of “Sharia for the UK!”

Gould also rhetorically wonders if Underhill considered such events as:

  • The massive fertilizer bomb plot that would have killed thousands in British shopping malls,

  • The liquid bomb plot that would have brought down airliners by the handful,

  • The nearly successful 2007 bombs that narrowly missed slaughtering hundreds in London’s Texas Embassy restaurant, in a Haymarket nightclub, and at Glasgow Airport.

    “Has he not heard about the July 7 bombs or Richard Reid?” she asks.

    Gould goes on to decry the shameful demonstrations by British Muslims at a military parade in Luton in March in which the protesters had held placards referring to soldiers as “butchers.”

    She wonders if the Newsweek writer has “ever attended a rally in Trafalgar Square in which thousands of radical Muslims of every nationality and sect mingle and distribute literature about ‘Zionist apartheid’ and ‘ethnic cleansing in Palestine,’ in between endless speeches by activists of every background condemning evil America and its war criminals?”

    Gould also highlighted the British Muslim Parliament, which unlike the Jewish Beth Din, wanted a “confrontational approach in its championing of Islamic causes” when it was founded in 1992. On its own website it acknowledges, “The idea was instead to empower Muslims with their separate and distinctly Islamic institutions to meet their needs independently of the British government.”

    She further noted that the same British Muslin Parliament at one time discouraged Muslims from entering mainstream politics or even from voting in elections. “Rather,” she wrote, “the focus of debate was the need to create a ‘non-territorial Islamic state’ in Britain.”

    Underhill concluded, “It seems that if Europe is in the throes of revolution, many of the supposed combatants appear strangely content with the established order.”

    “That could have been said before 9/11 when a significant Islamic uprising was being perpetrated against Israel but when the rest of the world was ‘quiet,’” Gould countered. “Notwithstanding this, watching the rage of the Palestinian intifada, I warned fellow synagogue-goers at the Selichot service on September 8, 2001, that ‘something terrible is brewing.’ They scoffed. Then stuff happened.”

    “That these movements are not proliferating inside Europe is nonsense,” she argued. “No population surveys can truly convey the dangers of British and European extremism.

    “Like Winston Churchill in the wilderness years, I am happy to be a scaremonger.”

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