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After London Bridge Attack, Don’t Ask ‘Where Are the Moderate Muslims?’

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Giving help to a man wounded in the London Bridge attack November 29, 2019 (Photo: DANIEL SORABJI/AFP via Getty Images)
Giving help to a man wounded in the London Bridge attack November 29, 2019 (Photo: DANIEL SORABJI/AFP via Getty Images)

Once more there has been a terror attack on London Bridge where two people were killed.

Once more, one of the first questions asked was, “Where are the moderate Muslims?” One by one, each organization will give a statement and will be tick-marked as being “present.”

I, for one, have nothing to say about this latest attack, except my sympathies for the families of the victims and the wounded.

“Where are the moderate Muslims” you ask? We are here, wounded (emotionally) in the trenches, having fought an exhaustive and unending battle to expose the dangerous ideology of the jihadists.

What are we wounded by?

  • The inability of governments to act with a vision to eradicate the problem.As Maajid Nawaz of the Quilliam Foundation in UK said,

    Since Theresa May became prime minister, from her premiership onwards till this day, the government has completely taken their eye off the ball on what we call counter-radicalisation.

    “The only thing you can do with those who have served their sentences — if you believe in a country that implements the rule of law – [is] release them from jail, the only thing you can do is ongoing deradicalization efforts with them …

    “The second thing, which is more important because deradicalization — as evidenced by yesterday — is extremely inefficient, the second thing is the most important one which is preventing them becoming radicalised in the first place.”

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  • President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy,  Zuhdi Jasser, said Saturday that failures in combating terrorism — both domestic and abroad — will continue to “repeat themselves” unless NATO allies develop an all-Western approach.Jasser said that the London bridge stabbing attack on Friday “had every hallmark of warnings we should have heeded, but the failures continue to repeat themselves.”
  • Political correctness by government leaders who are deflecting from the real problem – the ideology behind the attacks and how to prevent them.
    Western Politicians are more interested in photo-ops with Islamists like the Council of Imams who are not the solution but part of the problem. They come out giving statements like the Mayor of London to look good – all talk, no action.
  • Law suits by known perpetrators of extremism
  • Hate mail
  • Threats
  • Fear of being called an “Islamophobe” or a racist

As a result, the jihadi ideology has gone unchecked in the West, with no one supporting the reformers and moderate Muslims (yet expecting them to speak out at every attack).

The latest attack is ludicrous in its reality. Here are the facts:

The perpetrator, Usman Khan, who was jailed in 2012 for being part of an al-Qaeda-inspired plot to bomb high-profile locations in London and build a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, was freed six years into his 16-year sentence.

Khan, along with two other men from Stoke-on-Trent and several from London and Cardiff, was accused of targeting the London Stock Exchange, the Houses of Parliament and the U.S. embassy, as well as several religious and political figures.

But Khan, then 20, admitted to a lesser charge – engaging in conduct for the preparation of terrorism. The court heard (in a secret recording) that he had plans to recruit UK radicals to attend a training camp in Kashmir.

Was law enforcement asleep at the wheel? Not a surprise when we know that it took eight years for the UK to convict the Pakistani grooming gangs in Rotherham. Worse, Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham and former shadow secretary of state for women and equalities, was asked to resign after writing an article in The Sun warning that more must be done to stop gangs of Pakistani men targeting young girls for sex.

Having said this, kudos to the British public for wrestling the attacker to the ground. The bravery here came from the public, not the police.

Sadly, this is what it has come to.

So please don’t ask where the moderate Muslims are. We have been warning of such attacks for over a decade and offering solutions.

Why was no one listening?

 

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Raheel Raza

Raheel Raza is ​an adviser to Clarion Project. ​She is an award-winning author, journalist and filmmaker on the topics of jihad and sharia. She is president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and an activist for human rights, gender equality, and diversity.

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