November 15, 2016


We need to talk about the online radicalisation of young, white men. With the appointment of Breitbart News’s chair to Trump’s staff we need to be clear about the links between misogyny, racism and neofascism on alt-right websites.”

— Abi Wilkinson, the London Guardian, Tuesday.

If I’m asked about 7/7, I—a Yorkshire lad, born and bred—will respond first by giving an out-clause to being labelled a terrorist lover. I think what happened in London was a sad day and not the way to express your political anger. Then there’s the “but”. If, as police announced yesterday, four men (at least three from Yorkshire) blew themselves up in the name of Islam, then please let us do ourselves a favour and not act shocked.

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Shocked would be to say that we don’t understand how, in the green hills of Yorkshire, a group of men given all the liberties they could have wished for could do this.

The Muslim community is no monolithic whole. Yet there are some common features. Second- and third-generation Muslims are without the don’t-rock-the-boat attitude that restricted our forefathers. We’re much sassier with our opinions, not caring if the boat rocks or not.

“We rock the boat,” Dilpazier Aslam, Guardian trainee journalist and member of radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, July 23, 2005.

The west’s occupation of our countries is old, but takes new forms. The struggle between us and them began centuries ago, and will continue. There can be no dialogue with occupiers except through arms. Throughout the past century, Islamic countries have not been liberated from occupation except through jihad. But, under the pretext of fighting terrorism, the west today is doing its utmost to besmirch this jihad, supported by hypocrites. Jihad is the path, so seek it.

“Resist the new Rome,” Osama bin Laden, the Guardian, January 5th, 2004.

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