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What about the Hindus? This thought occurred to me the other night while watching an evening of documentaries about Islam on BBC4. By the end, the viewer was left with the distinct impression that we would all still be living in mud-huts if Muhammad's mother had remained a virgin. We learned that Muslims had been behind the invention of pretty much everything from modern medicine, writing and literature to culture, bouncy castles and, I think, eating.

But what this farce of bad TV and worse history did remind me of was that if, say, the Hindu community had only been fortunate enough to produce four young men willing to blow the hell out of Londoners and provided a clerical and political class willing to make excuses for them, then the BBC might credit Hindus with inventing the modern world. The government would be pumping tens of millions of pounds into their community events. Young people would be taught Hindu scriptures with resources from the public purse. The Guardian would be bowing its collective editorial knee before their deities. At Christmas, the most rabidly genocidal Hindu leader available would doubtless broadcast to the nation on Channel 4. When you stand back and look at it, the problem for all the other religions is that they just can't seem to provide the eager young foot-soldiers that Islam can.

But pumping out fawning pro-Hindu propaganda would not be the ultimate gift to that community if they could get their act together. Changing the past is easy. Any totalitarian can do that. Changing the future is the real prize. If only they could find four young suicide bombers, then self-appointed Hindu leaders could dictate British foreign policy first-hand to the government.

I only make this observation because in the weeks since Israel launched its campaign to destroy Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Muslim "spokespeople" in Britain have once again made it perfectly clear to the UK government that if their opinions on foreign policy are not listened to, they can't promise the community won't make them heard in a rather more explosive way. And the government is listening.

In 2005, the Muslim Council of Britain performed this trick. This year it has been played by the Quilliam Foundation, a new government-funded Muslim organisation which has already received £800,000 from the Home and Foreign Offices claims to be moderate but turns out to have the same old attitudes vis-à-vis our foreign policy as the last set of self-appointed Muslim leaders.

The Quilliam Foundation - and other Muslim groups - demanded to meet the Foreign Secretary. So, naturally, on 12 January David Milliband met them. A few days earlier, QF's directors along with a number of other Muslim "spokespeople" wrote to the prime minister, threatening that unless Britain changed its foreign policy, distanced itself from the US and changed its relationship with Israel, then they couldn't promise that young Muslims experiencing a "loss of faith in the political process" might not simply detonate out of exasperation.

If any other group in Britain tried to blackmail the government in this way, not only would they not be invited in "to express their concerns", they would be thrown into the political wilderness. But another standard applies once your community has produced people actually willing to kill. Witness the nightly street thuggery outside the Israeli embassy in London. Or the fact that holding an Israeli flag in the open at a counter-demo before getting into a police-cordoned counter-rally area was deemed by police to be an act of incitement. Azzam Tamimi of Hamas was able to shriek "We are all Hamas" to a crowd of thousands in Hyde Park a few days later, amid cries of "Allahu akhbar" ("Allah is Great"), and nothing happened. Marching along the streets of London with a banner and declaring membership of a genocidal terrorist group does not constitute incitement, but holding the flag of a British ally in our capital city does.

You sometimes have to rub your eyes at what we in modern Britain are becoming. Our cowed police appear to have become little more than the militant wing of the Guardian. Our most senior statesmen and counter-terrorism officials not only listen but actually pay money to people who threaten them. And statements from government on foreign policy appear to be increasingly influenced by what illegal acts might be carried out at home by a minority of a minority.

Fortunately no other faith community in Britain has realised what is on offer here. But at some point they will: they will notice how cheaply we can be bought now, and how swiftly we will roll over.

"What would Britain do if 6,000 rockets had rained down on us?" Supporters of Israel have asked this question a lot in recent weeks.

I'm beginning to think I know the answer. We'd have surrendered to the Islamists about 5,996 rockets ago.

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February 14th, 2009
7:02 AM
The banning of Geert Wilders from UK shores kind of says it all really. Unfortunately we have come to expect this kind of biased injustice from the current government. The silence of Her Majesty's opposition is even more troubling. If the Conservatives won't stand up for the most fundamental right of free speech then what use are they going to be forming the next government? Also, bringing arch-Europhile Ken Clarke back into the fold will drive away people who think the EU is a very bad idea. Apparently anti free speech, pro Islam, pro EU; Cameron is nothing but a bad joke. And this from a life long Tory supporter. Only one party is saying what many Brits are thinking and the Church of England clergy has just been banned from membership - politicisation of the Church anyone? But then, the Arch-bishop of Canterbury has already surrendered to Islam so no "Islamophobic" parties will be welcome at Christ's table. Very Christian. The politically disenfranchised are being driven towards fringe parties in order to seek a national voice, a voice of protest. The only people who will gain from this are the BNP whose foothold in British politics is gaining thanks to the dhimmitude of our main political parties. Since the Islamic cancer is spreading everywhere there seems to be nowhere to escape to. I hear the Moon is nice at this time of year...

February 11th, 2009
10:02 AM
Lord Ahmed threatened to mobilize 10,000 muslims to prevent Dutch MP Geert Wilders from entering the House of Lords on 29 Jan this year to show and discuss his film 'Fitna". The showing was cancelled and then rescheduled for February. The Home office has now written to Geert Wilders barring him from the UK: "..the Secretary of State is of the view that your presence in the UK would pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society. The Secretary of State is satisfied that your statements about Muslims and their beliefs, as expressed in your film Fitna and elswhere would threaten community and therefore public security in the UK." Melanie Phillips writes in her Spectator blog today "So let's get this straight. The British government allows people to march through British streets screaming support for Hamas, it allows Hizb ut Tahrir to recruit on campus for the jihad against Britain and the west, it takes no action against a Muslim peer who threatens mass intimidation of Parliament, but it bans from the country a member of parliament of a European democracy who wishes to address the British Parliament on the threat to life and liberty in the west from religious fascism." Mr Murray, I hope you are also going to write about this threat to our free speech, freedoms and our democracy. I am furious that I never see the Geert Wilders debacle reported in the mainstream British press!

February 10th, 2009
6:02 AM
The importance of discussing Islam is that is was a world power, global ideology and a force of good for over a millenium - its absence in the last century has turned the middle east a playground of capitalist nations causing havoc justified in the fervant belief of self-interest... The call for the revival of the caliphate, political islam, is causing concern to these capitalists who have dominated the region for so long-and the author does not like it!

February 8th, 2009
7:02 PM
The current status of Britain has become the rallying cry for those of us in Canada and the US who care about the future. You are the warning we must heed. From a distance, it appears that Britain has given up and become a country which any free person would abhor. My condolences. Amazing how a whole country can become so cowardly. Hope you find another Churchill.

Hima Bindu
February 8th, 2009
6:02 PM
Brits, please beware of who you allow into your country. Bring in good people from around the world and you will prosper like the US.

February 5th, 2009
9:02 AM
A simple yardstick to test Douglas's theories might be to do google searches: non-Muslims: 15,400,000 hits non-Hindus: 298,000 hits non-Jews: 6,000,000 hits non-Christians: 33,000,000 hits Inconclusive, but common sense might suggest that the term non-Muslim is used much more often than any of the alternatives, and that Islam is effective at sorting out the wheat from the chaff according to its precepts. Conclusion: dhimmis beware.

February 5th, 2009
8:02 AM
Thank you Douglas- please continue to contribute to the dissonance.

February 4th, 2009
6:02 AM
So glad to hear so many of you defending the truth! I thought Britain was about to go mistake!

February 4th, 2009
4:02 AM
The simple fact is, UK Muslims are growing in numbers, political clout, and importance, and if you limes can't deal with it, America, NZ, and Australia have some spare room. You've had your chance, now make way for the future.

February 3rd, 2009
11:02 PM
Since when are facts "under-informed tripe"? Well, "as much as I disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say it". It's a shame you, however, deny this right to others, simply because you don't agree with them.

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