Saturday, July 30, 2005

Sometimes You Just Gotta Cry Over Your Enemy

British police, in a valiant stab at multicultural bridge-building, invited a highly respected "moderate" Imam to join them in a press conference promoting cooperation between the police and the Muslim community.

So, what did the Imam do? He launched into a diatribe against his host country, denied the existence of Al Qaeda, and said the police are targeting the wrong people in their investigation of the 7/7 and 7/21 bombings. From the London Telegraph, via Little Green Footballs:

The most senior Islamic cleric in Birmingham claimed yesterday that Muslims were being unjustly blamed in the war on terrorism and that the eight suspects in the two bombing attacks on London “could have been innocent passengers”.

Mohammad Naseem, the chairman of the city’s central mosque, called Tony Blair a “liar” and “unreliable witness” and questioned whether CCTV footage issued of the suspected bombers was of the perpetrators. He said that Muslims “all over the world have never heard of an organisation called al-Qa’eda”.

Mr Naseem, who was speaking after police seized Yasin Hassan Omar in Birmingham, delivered his unprompted outburst when he was invited to a press conference with West Midlands police and Birmingham city council to help calm fears of racial or religious tension after the arrest. His comments shocked senior police officers. ...

To the obvious embarrassment of council officials and police standing next to him, Mr Naseem said the Government and security services “were not to be relied upon”.

He said: “Tony Blair has told lies on going to Iraq and in a court of law if a witness has proved to be a liar he ceases to be a reliable witness. So we cannot give our blind trust to the Government. To have that trust it is important that the process of law should be independent, open and transparent. I am also sad that unfortunately the impression has been given that Muslims are to be targeted in this war against terror. There seems to be a directive to target Muslims. Why do we not have an open mind about this?

“Muslim bashing seems to be more earnest than the need for national unity and harmony. Terrorists can be anybody - we will have to see [whether the bombers are Muslims]. The process is not open; the process is not transparent; the process is not independent. I do not have faith in the system as it stands.”

Mr Naseem is one of the most respected Muslims in the city and is considered a moderate. He has regular meetings with the chief constable to discuss religious harmony.

Mr Naseem said that while it was vital that terrorism was stamped out and that there was never any justification for it, the Government had not helped by going to war in Iraq.

Dismissing the Prime Minister’s insistence that the war had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks, he said: “Tony Blair … is not going to be perceived as a reliable witness. His comments could motivate someone to take the law into his own hands. Some people have been caught but I have not seen any evidence. The process of law is not open.”

Asked about the suspects’ DNA being found at the scene of the first attacks, he said: “DNA can match you, but that does not mean you are going to commit a crime. Thousands of youths are passing by and caught on CCTV, so how do you know it is them?”

I'll be honest, I am growing more and more depressed with each passing day, as I realize the depth of the truth that even the most "moderate" of our Muslim "friends" live under such willful delusions.

Yes, willful.

This Imam is a sophisticated man. He understands police procedure, and the uses of DNA. He knows Al Qaeda exists, because he was familiar with it's existence, and the ideology of Osama Bin Laden, before 9/11. He knows that Tony Blair didn't "lie" in the lead up to the Iraq War.

But, at the same time, as is true of our Western leftists (Dick Durbin, Michael Moore, Amnesty International), he is willing to grasp on to any scrap of truth to keep up the illusion by which he justifies his house of cards worldview.

And, on top of it all, he is willing to manipulate the less sophisticated of his constituents into believing his conspiracy theories.

If this is the face of "moderate Islam," then what hope do we have? How are we to build bridges with the Muslim community when ideological terrorists like this Imam blow them up as soon as they are built?

This Imam hates us. That's the truth. He does not desire to build bridges. He does not desire to cooperate with the police. He wants to win us over to his conspiracy theory worldview, or he does not want to befriend us at all.

You have to love it when your enemy tells you the truth, but sometimes you just have to cry over the bitterness of the truth he tells you.