The Beeb sends a guy to Leeds to investigate the back story behind July 7 bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan. In a break with tradition, the guy they’ve sent has ‘a decade of experience in journalism, fluent Urdu and a Yorkshire upbringing’ rather than their usual practice of sending Home Counties Oxbridge grads to write stories on Welsh-speaking drug addicts on Anglesey. So, that’s an improvement right there, even if it does bring to mind sending a little red doggie to investigate a series of sudden deaths in the henhouse.
This being the BBC, the usual suspects are all present and correct. We’re told that ‘What is clear is that many [Beeston Muslims] are either too scared to talk - or scared that if they do, that what they say will be distorted by the media.’ Bad media! Reporting stuff people say ? Whatever will they stoop to next ? Ditto, we get lines like this ‘The local Pakistani lads were heartbroken to learn that Khan could have been responsible for killing people.’ Well, OK, if you say so…
The thing is that the crazy leaks out anyway. Take, for example, one of the loonier aspects of the whole affair:
But there was another barrier to getting at the truth: the willingness of many people to prefer conspiracy theories to some honest reflection about howthree young men in their midst could have carried out these terrible attacks.
I was told frequently that the 7 July bombers were either duped into it
or were innocent victims of somebody else's bombing campaign.
One Muslim young professional spoke for many when he told me that if the
Metropolitan Police could have shot Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent young
Brazilian mistaken for a potential suicide bomber, then they could also be wrong
You can guess the punchline, right ?
The release of Khan's suicide video has diminished some of the
doubts about his role in the attacks.
There’s something of a Freudian slip when the author writes ‘However as the press began to report stories about radicalisation taking place in local gyms, youth centres and Islamic bookshops, the Muslim residents of Beeston became angry and then wary.’ Not angry and wary that they have homicidal maniacs in their midst, just that those pesky newsies keep reporting that fact.
The thing is though that, to paraphrase Churchill, our little red doggie keeps tripping over the truth then dusting himself off and carrying on as if nothing had happened.
We have discovered that not only, as we suspected, there is "an enemy within" - but that its nature is highly complex. Mohammed Sidique Khan exemplifies that complexity.
Here was a Muslim who was publicly respected and admired. He was neither socially isolated nor economically disadvantaged.
It’s only complex in so far as ‘The Great Gadsby” is a complex novel. Just as Ernest Wright decided to write the whole novel without using the letter ‘e’, so the Left insists that journalists reporting on terrorism must write their reports without any reference to the elephant on the table. Maybe this guy could team up with O J Simpson and track down the real enemy within ?
Fortunately, in the Internet age we no longer have to queue up for whatever news the MSM deigns to report. We can read for ourselves what the ‘highly complex’ enemy is saying.
Don’t think what happened on 7/7 or 9/11 was something new, no, that’s the Sunnah (sayings and actions of Muhammad). There’s never been jihad without casualties.
A user in the room, “veiled flower,” eerily asked what a fiancé of a “mujahadin” should do if he was preparing to martyr himself. She was told by the speaker to encourage him as much as possible in order to assure herself “a place in jenna (heaven).”
Seems pretty clear to me.
Tip O'The Hat to Dave in the comments to this post pointing out the latest fatwa - after all, it's not as if the Beeb would point it out, is it ?