It’s becoming clear that a major terrorist operation has been disrupted by British police, undoubtedly with the help of MI5. Speculation about the membership of the terrorist cell(s) and the targets is rife so the initial statement from Scotland Yard’s spokesman was significant:
We are confident that we have disrupted a plan by terrorists to cause untold death and destruction and to commit, quite frankly, mass murder.
We believe that the terrorists’ aim was to smuggle explosives on to aeroplanes in hand luggage and to detonate these in flight.
We also believe that the intended targets were flights from the United Kingdom to the United States of America.
I can confirm that a significant number of people are currently in custody and the operation is ongoing.
Police had spoken to a good number of community leaders to make them aware that a major operation was under way.
And from the BBC we can read, ‘According to BBC sources the “principal characters” suspected of being involved in the plot were British-born.’
From the above one would think that the ‘British born’ population of the UK have suddenly become radicalised and being born in Britain is now a risk factor for terrorism. But then why did the police inform ‘community leaders’? Was this a heretofore unknown provisional wing of the Salvation Army? Perhaps militant budhists were the conspirators?
Err, no! We all know, even before there have been any official statement and despite the ‘careful language’, that these are Muslims, probably second- or third-generation Asians and unlikely to have been poor or oppressed, just anti-British and anti-democracy. The police and mainstream media sources will try and downplay this but they’re fooling no-one. Since the 7 July London bombings last year repeated opinion polls have shown signifcant support within the Muslim community for suicide bombings and other terrorist acts, today is the just the latest example of this.
I’ll leave you with some advice: don’t wait for significant and sustained criticism from the ‘mainstream’ Muslim community because it won’t happen; what’s even less likely will be ‘moderate Muslims’ changing the opinions within their own communities.