Muslim Rage at Military Parade: An Ominous Sign for UK

It is truly beyond the realm of belief, but on March 11 this happened in Luton, England: two British citizens were arrested by the police because they dared protest against a crowd of foul-mouthed Muslim demonstrators who had assembled to shout hate slogans at a parade of British soldiers. In the word "demonstrators" we find "demon," and the behavior of the young British-born Muslims, accompanied by a crowd of women in burqas, was demonic. Instead of apprehending the abusive radicals, whom some in Britain would regard as fifth-columnists, the police set about arresting two army parade supporters whose rage was, in the view of the nation, well placed.

As my esteemed colleague Ruth Dudley-Edwards observes in the Telegraph of March 11 and as I said in my article "This Shameful Ranting Must Stop," the British government's "pandering" to Islamic radicals has to be brought to an end. At the March 11 rally the Muslim protesters shouted abuse at the parade by the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, recently back from Iraq, and carried posters covered in incendiary slogans: "Anglian Soldiers: Cowards, Killers"; "Muslims Rise Against British Oppression"; "Butchers of Basra." Outraged residents of Luton began to shout counter-abuse at the Muslims as the soldiers marched by and two non-Muslims were arrested. The radicals were allowed to continue unhindered. This hideous scene was all the more unsettling to Britons because of the deaths of two soldiers and a policeman on duty in Northern Ireland in the same week, responsibility for which was attributed to two terror splinter groups, the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA.

During the height of the al-Aqsa Intifada in 2002, Rachel Ehrenfeld pointed out: "Students of terrorism can easily trace the IRA's connections to the PLO and its numerous factions back to the 1970s and 1980s, when IRA and PLO operatives trained together in Libya and the Bekaa Valley. Today, IRA involvement is ongoing in Colombia, where al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad factions ... are engaged in illegal arms and drug trafficking and money-laundering."

She asserts that if Western governments would understand the peril of major international radical movements "we might then have a better chance to win the war on terrorism."

The fact that the IRA is raising its ugly head again in the same timeframe as the angry protests against British military personnel in mainland Britain is worrying. One Muslim protester, Sayful Islam, leader of a group based in Luton, warned the media that this was just the tip of the iceberg. He told the Evening Standard that "the parade was the final insult. They have killed, maimed, and raped thousands. ... They can't come here and parade where there is such a Muslim community."

The British government refers to Luton as a "magnet" for radicals; it is the hometown of Aftab Manzoor and Afzal Munir, who joined the Taliban and perished in Afghanistan. Luton was the hub of activity for the fertilizer bombers convicted in May 2007 and collectively sentenced to 95 years in prison; their ringleader, known as "Q," was a Luton taxi driver with an interesting sideline in exporting personnel, money, and supplies to radical fighters in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Why Luton? It was the base of extremist imam Omar Bakri, known as the Tottenham ayatollah and now in exile in Lebanon. He is blamed for radicalizing scores of young British Muslims with his London School of Sharia, which he operates by video link. In the days following the protest, the organizers have been telling the media that there will be many more rallies whenever and wherever British soldiers may parade.