Sunday, July 16, 2006

Foreign Office Appeasers

Martin Bright, writing in the News Statesman before his documentary "Who Speaks For Muslims" was broadcast on Friday:
Over the past three months I have been working on a documentary for Channel 4 about the government's relationship with representatives of radical Islam. Using a series of leaked Foreign Office documents, many of which were first published in these pages, I have attempted to show that a strategy of engagement with Islamist groups abroad (such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt) has been allowed to seep into the government's dealings with Muslims in Britain.

Last week, the Foreign Office wrote to Channel 4 to ask for cuts to the programme, supposedly to protect a member of staff who had received death threats, although it gave no details. Further cuts were demanded over references to a controversial Bangladeshi politician.

As we go to press, Channel 4 has been admirably robust in resisting such a crass attempt at censorship. It is essential that the media not be prevented from airing the concerns expressed, mostly from within the Muslim community, about the government's insistence on engaging primarily with representatives of a narrow, austere version of the faith, rather than reaching out to the full and diverse range of Muslim opinion.
The Foreign Office's top mandarin Sir Michael Jay failed in his censorship attempts (nice one Channel 4 - I've criticised them before but credit where it's due) but he may be more successful with his efforts to stem the flow of leaks which have been exposing the FO's pro-Islamist agenda. Nick Cohen writes in today's Observer:
The civil war within the Foreign Office about its policy of appeasing the Islamist far right has produced its first casualty. All I can confirm is that officers have arrested a civil servant under the Official Secrets Act.

I can't get his name or find out when and if the Crown Prosecution Service will take him to court, but what is clear is that the pro-Muslim Brotherhood faction in the FO is now out of control.

After I mentioned last week that leaks showed Angus McKee, of the Middle East and North Africa Desk, had said that 'consideration might be given to channelling aid resources' to Islamist groups, the BBC found that public money was indeed being spent on the Brotherhood.

British taxpayers paid for Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the supporter of the judicial murder of homosexuals and Muslims who freely decide to abandon their faith, to attend a conference in Istanbul. The Foreign Office put up the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood and his wife in the five-star Ceylan InterContinental Hotel.

It sounds a rather self-indulgent place for militant puritans to stay - but apparently the Qaradawis didn't complain.

At the same time we heard that Mockbul Ali, the Foreign Office's adviser on Islamic affairs, had overruled the protests of British Muslims and encouraged his superiors to give a visa to the ultra-reactionary Bangladeshi MP Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, despite his rants that Britain 'has it coming' because of its part in the downfall of the Taliban.

This is the way it goes with the Foreign Office. Provide the religious justification for murder, and it will get you a five-star hotel. Support the Taliban, and it will get you a visa.

Speak out against its mandarins, and it will get you arrested.
Sir Michael retires at the end of this month. This would be the ideal time for a wholesale clearout of all the appeasers of radical Islam within the FO.

I won't hold my breath though.


Anonymous Verity said...

Step No 1: stop talking about this obscenity, the "Muslim community". There is no Indian community. No Jewish community. No black community. WTF is this moronic pandering to a clump of primitive people who worship an alien, primitive diety who came to our country and who refuse to integrate?

If any politician started pandering to "the Jewish community", people would be dumbfounded (not least, the Jews).

There is no Step No 2.

2:39 pm  
Anonymous Starburst said...

I hate the term "community" too. It is used in a patronising and condescending way by the Beeb and some media.

Didn't Sir Michael Jay try to censor/have a fall out with Christopher Meyer (re: his book).

3:05 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

It is used to cloak these unintegrated misfits in legitimacy. They're not "unintegrated misfits". They're a community!

7:42 pm  
Anonymous Starburst said...

It's so damn patronising! As if all Muslims come from the same place!

I'm a (non-practising) RC - I would bloody HATE to be labelled as part of a RC Community.

Re: Two Shags. Anyone read Rod Liddle's piece in the current edition of the Spectator?

12:31 am  
Anonymous Starburst said...


Just glancing through the links to blogs via this blog.

Clematis Fraud - shame you abandoned your blog - lift the restriction of bloggers only to contribute and maybe you'd get more responses.

12:37 am  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

but there IS a community of Muslims.

Or rather , its the lovely community of Jihadists who love to go on holidays to Tel Aviv in order to self-detonate themselves.

then again, appeasement isnt that alien to the FO - they did it back in the 1930s, when many of them were rabid anti-semites with a tendency to sympathise with Adolf.

about the only person who railed against those sort of idiots were Churchill and George Orwell. In fact, Churchill was dismissed as a crank during his pre-war "wilderness" years, so vehement was he on warning about appeasing fascists.

We have the same thing happening right now.

3:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appeasement may well be a component, but it seems that by cozying up to those who claim to speak for muslims the Foreign Office believes it can actually influence the Jihadis' the international 'muslim brotherhood'. This lends them authority which attracts more jihadis...

Thus has the FO created a spinning vortex of evil.

What has western history taught us about the outcome of well intentioned well funded GroupThink? If this insane gestalt continues were screwed.

12:22 am  
Anonymous Verity said...

anonymous 12:22 - You are correct. The British Foreign Office are Quislings. Like the Beeb, which is the fifth column. The FO loves the detritus that is Islam.

The only thing I can think of to explain this very weird obession is, they're all gay and fantasize about a Florence of Arabia bonk.

3:08 am  

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