A whole culture of complaint has grown up among the media and among leaders of the Muslim community. The protest letter signed by 38 Islamic organizations, with three MPs and three Lords, is typical of the buck-passing. They blame British foreign policy, which is unhistorical. . . . By attacking Blair instead of Osama, the protesters give the radicals a free pass and feed a sense of alienation among perennially disgruntled youth. . . .
As for too much of the media, the attitude is that typified in a 52-page document from the International Federation of Journalists – 52 alarm bells – where FIEJ describes the response of government to terrorism as “a devastating challenge to the global culture of human rights established almost 60 years ago … we are sleepwalking into a surveillance society.”
A devastating challenge to the global culture of human rights?
Speaking personally of challenges to human rights, I’d rather be photographed by a hidden surveillance camera than travel on a train or bus with killers carrying bombs in their backpacks. . . .
he civil rights lobbies are working from a passÃ© play book. They are blind to the lethal nature of the new Salafist totalitarianism. They won’t recognize that we are facing an irrationalist movement immune to compromise and dedicated to achieve its ends of controlling every aspect of daily life, every process of the mind, through indiscriminate mass slaughter. It is a culture obsessed with death, a culture that despises women, a culture devoted to mad hatreds not just of Americans and Jews everywhere, but of Muslims anywhere who embrace a less totalitarian, less radical, more humane view of Islam. These Muslims are to be murdered, and have been in their thousands, along with “the pigs of Jews, the monkeys of Christians” and all the “dirty infidels”.
by Jeff Jarvis