UK Shouldn't Kowtow to Islamic World Like Obama

In Great Britain there are a lot of Muslim commentators. I have no objection to this and some of them are eloquent and informative.

Rageh Omaar is a beautiful Somali-born reporter who has set many a female heart aflutter since his debut on BBC television in 1992. He left the BBC to work full time for the Al-Jazeera English channel in London.

At the end of May he penned an opinion piece in London's popular Evening Standard newspaper entitled "How Britain Blew Its Chance with the Muslim World." His premise is that Britain "should stand shoulder to shoulder with Obama as he faces the Muslim world afresh." Omaar goes on to say that Great Britain ought to have used the Obama victory to "remake itself in the eyes of the Muslim world."

Oh, please. Do I want to kowtow to a host of backward nations whose attitudes to women and to religious minorities are medieval? Omaar refers to the "animosity and mistakes of recent years." Just whose animosity are we talking about? Much as I criticize the UK for appeasing British jihad I find it incomprehensible that Rageh Omaar says, "No other country is as implicated in the most glaring schisms between the West and the Muslim world precipitated by George W. Bush as the UK."

This is laughable on two levels: 1) The pandering to Muslim radicals and the proliferation of radical British Muslim websites and groups that incite hatred of "Zionazis" is out of control; if anything, Britain has bent over backwards in the era of multiculturalism to make even the most vile of imams welcome in our green and pleasant land. 2) Britain has a dynamic and flourishing Muslim community very possibly unmatched anywhere in the West. There are Muslim spokespeople on radio, on television, in the print media, in politics as high as the House of Lords, and in academia; believe me, they are ubiquitous. When BBC broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown did not eulogize our beloved queen mother when she died I was offended but realized this is a dynamic democracy and Yasmin is entitled to her opinion. Imagine if I went on Saudi telly and bashed one of the royals.

Where, Mr. Omaar, in the Muslim world that you see as so hard done-by, could white middle-class folks screech anti-government slogans in public squares and hold up incendiary posters without being carted off to an abattoir for humans? Daniel Pearl tried to "reach out" to Muslims and was chopped up. Dora Bloch was murdered in Uganda for being Jewish. And as I write this article reports have come in that Ed Dyer, a British music festival attendee in Mali, has been beheaded by "al-Qaeda in Africa" because they do not like radical imam Abu Qatada being locked up in the UK.

Rageh Omaar says that the July 7, 2005, transit bombs and other foiled plots were inspired by Muslim rage over British foreign policy. So, when Britain does not do things to make diaspora Burmese, Venezuelans, Chinese, or Sudanese happy, it is okay for them to blow up our buses? Omaar says that Obama has taken a firm stand against Israeli settlement building and that had Gordon Brown done the same "Britain's interests" would have been served. Is this a threat to Britain's security? Hello? Is anyone listening?