Captain's Quarters Blog

« Strib Still Not Quite Getting It Again | Main | More Progress In Afghanistan You're Likely To Have Missed »

July 8, 2005
London's Muslims Feel The Pressure

In contrast to the reaction of American Muslims after 9/11, when organizations like CAIR spent far more time declaring themselves as victims rather than working constructively to fight terrorism, London's Muslims wasted no time yesterday decrying the bloody attacks on Britain's civilian transportation systems:

Muslim leaders in Britain yesterday were swift to condemn a series of deadly bomb blasts in London and they appealed to Britons not to single out their community for reprisals.

The leaders also made an unprecedented appeal to the estimated 1.7 million Muslims living in Britain to tip off the police about who had carried out the bombings.

"These evil deeds makes victims of us all," the Muslim Council of Britain said.

"The evil people who planned and carried out these series of explosions in London want to demoralize us as a nation and divide us as a people.

"All of us must unite in helping the police to capture these murderers."

That same appeal was made by the leadership of Europe's largest mosque and cultural center.

"We call on the Muslim community to be fully cooperative in this situation, so we may all live in peace and harmony and continue to make London the vibrant, tolerant and peaceful city it is," concluded a statement from the London Central Mosque, whose golden dome rises above one of London's major landmarks, Regent's Park.

The British Muslims may sing a different tune for a couple of reasons. First, London has always welcomed Muslims due to its extensive colonial experience with them, and their numbers give them a significant role in British politics. Four Member of Parliament are Muslims from London. Also, one of the stations attacked yesterday (Aldgate) serves a primarily Muslim community. The al-Qaeda attack either didn't take that into account or it simply didn't matter to the terrorists, a revelation that some Muslims might take to heart.

However, many Muslims in Britain will now look for an inevitable "backlash" against Muslims. Some in the Washington Times article get quoted as warning people of it already. They want to head that reaction off before it picks up steam and forces Britain to start massive deportation efforts for those Muslims that have not established legal residency in the UK. In the aftermath of the 7/7 attacks, one can be certain that Parliament will entertain that as a security solution, and they want to pre-emptively act against it.

The key here is the call to cooperate with law enforcement by supplying tips pointing to the bombers. That message never clearly came out from Muslim groups in America, which seemed much more concerned about fighting law-enforcement and intelligence agencies and loudly proclaiming every perceived slight to their rights after 9/11. It sounds as if their British cousins have a better grasp on how to act as citizens in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.

Sphere It Digg! View blog reactions
Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 8, 2005 5:21 AM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry is

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference London's Muslims Feel The Pressure:

» I Love the Brits! from CrosSwords
I am still trying to catch up on back posts and information after being gone a week with limited blogging opportunities, but I had to stop everything and say how much I love the Brits! The Captain, and others have made the point that we are all Briton... [Read More]

Tracked on July 8, 2005 7:27 AM

» Muslim council condemns 'evil deeds' in Britain from Don Singleton
I wish the Muslims in the US had been as quick to condem the terrorists in 9/11 and as Muslims in the USA to work with the police. [Read More]

Tracked on July 8, 2005 7:54 AM

» The London bombings from Danny Carlton (aka Jack Lewis)
The Associated Press is reporting that the death toll has risen above 50. Coverage: Captain's Quarters, Volokh (also here),... [Read More]

Tracked on July 8, 2005 8:15 AM

» London\'s Muslims Feel The Pressure from BlogSpy.NET
We found this blog entry very interesting so we've added a Trackback to it on our site. [Read More]

Tracked on July 8, 2005 8:25 AM

» No "therapy" for terrorists, Karl from blastfurnacecanada
No "therapy" for terrorists, Karl ... not even from liberals [Read More]

Tracked on July 8, 2005 8:32 AM

» London Later on 7.7.05 from Reasoned Audacity: Politics in Real Life
I have a lot to tell you about the events of this last week. My plan today was to write up my notes on the George Clooney appearance qua briefing; yesterday's afternoon protests in Edinburgh; the Wolfowitz speech on... [Read More]

Tracked on July 8, 2005 10:56 AM

» London attacked from The Conservative Man
Great Britain has been attacked by terrorists. It appears there were three separate attacks on subway trains as well as one on a bus. 37 have been confirmed dead with over 700 wounded. Let us pray that the British people do not respond to a ... [Read More]

Tracked on July 8, 2005 11:10 AM

» Holy War - They absolutely will not stop from Mark in Mexico
Really bad news. This Iranian commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, Amir Taheri, says that the Islamofascists must convert the world to Islam or die. They cannot be reasoned with, they feel no pity, they absolutely will not stop. [Read More]

Tracked on July 8, 2005 11:49 AM

» Aftershocks… from The Wild Duck
Terrorist Nightmares for Brits ... [Read More]

Tracked on July 10, 2005 7:29 AM

» Oh, the Differences! from The Right Track
While the leaders of the G8 nations meet in Gleneagle, Scotland to discuss a wide range of international economic, political, and social issues, Al Qaeda decides that the best way to win the hearts and minds of the people is to kill them. As usual, th... [Read More]

Tracked on August 8, 2005 10:42 AM

Design & Skinning by:
m2 web studios

blog advertising


Proud Ex-Pat Member of the Bear Flag League!