Pakistan's Problems Are Becoming Britain's

Recently I wrote a piece for Pajamas Media looking at the looming disaster approaching Pakistan. Liberals, anti-Americans, and anti-Zionists around the world never stopped griping about the iron hand of former President General Pervez Musharraf during his reign, but his fist seemed to keep the radicals at bay, as does the grip of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Musharraf infuriated the Muslim world when he spoke to the World Jewish Congress and suggested he looked forward to good relations with Israel. It is amazing he is still alive. Although some feel Musharraf had a hand in the death of Benazir Bhutto, her friendship towards Jewish communities around the world must have contributed to her death knell.

Now we have an interesting situation in Pakistan, but I would like to look at a crisis in Great Britain that even made the network news in the United States. In mid-April Assistant Police Commissioner Bob Quick, at that time involved in anti-terrorist operations at Scotland Yard, was forced to resign after photographers captured the names of both intelligence agents and terror suspects on a sheaf of papers in his hand. The Evening Standard, usually a staunch supporter of anti-terror operations, published the images in what I call the "Seymour Hersh syndrome" (he who revealeth information that would have been treason during the Second World War); despite pleas from the intelligence services, the media obsessed on the documents and insisted on making a song and dance about them. They detailed what amounted to a massive operation to stop a large contingent of terrorists.

Because of the release of the images a massive anti-terror swoop had to get under way immediately. Twelve young men, eleven of whom are Pakistani nationals, were arrested in Manchester, Liverpool, and Clitheroe under suspicion of extremist activities. Just as the April school holidays were about to be unleashed on parents, the nation was told the police had foiled a massive string of attacks -- on shopping malls and other major popular British locales -- but that the leaked photographs had meant the operation had not been as comprehensive as MI5 had envisaged. In plain-speak, the op had to go ahead before anyone was ready.

On April 22 it was announced that all of the suspects had been released because the Crown Prosecution Service did not have enough evidence to charge any of the twelve men and the courts would not grant an extension for detention without charge. They are to be deported. The Muslim Council of Britain has condemned this move along with the panic generated by the prospect of a "Muslim terror plot"; Inayat Bunglawala, a ubiquitous Anglo-Muslim spokesman who must be on television, radio, and in the newspapers more often than I have had hot dinners, has called the police operation "dishonorable."