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MEMRI har tatt for seg reaksjonen i den arabiske verdn på 7/7. Det er mange ord. Man fordømmer, men på en måte som ikke erkjenner noen forbindelse til islam og utøvelsen av den. Terroristene er ikke muslimer. Man er flink til en retorikk som skal bortforklare ubehagelige ting.

Et hederlig unntak er redaktøren for den arabisk-språklige London-avisen Al-Sharq-Awsat. Hans hovedbudskap er at britiske myndigheter har latt islamistene holde på altfor lenge. De har kunnet grave seg ned. Beskrivelsen kunne like gjerne vært på Norge. På spørsmål svarer man alltid at trusselen neppe er så stor i Norge. Det finnes kanskje noen enkeltpersoner. Hvordan kan man være så sikker på det? Man luller seg inn i en falsk trygghet. Tariq Al-Humayd advarer mot å la frihetens fiender å utnytte friheten til å ødelegge den. Det er det det handler om, og derfor inngår de små tingene, som klesdrakt, og separasjon mellom kjønnene, i en større sammenheng.

Tariq Al-Humayd, editor-in-chief of the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat said that the incitement to Jihad in London had been visible but was never stopped: «In London, we have seen, and are seeing, the money being collected in the streets, and the conventions under various titles, and everyone is inciting to Jihad in our Arab countries and cursing the land of unbelief in which they live. When you express amazement [at this], they tell you that this is freedom. Has freedom no responsibility? No one answers.

«The incitement in London could have been read and seen, all in the name of freedom. Today, London will do a new accounting. It will open the files and reread them, as have the countries that were previously arrogant and that said that they were distant from the terrorism. The view of some of the countries is that as long as bombs aren’t exploding and not a single shot is fired, they are safe from the evil of terrorism…

«In London, they talk of the lack of freedom in the Arab world, of the repression, and of the security tension in the Arab countries… But when you tell them, Stop being so tolerant of the incitement that comes from your country, from your skies, and from your Internet, and when you tell them that anyone who denies my freedom and declares me to be an apostate, [i.e. the Islamists] will, due to this freedom, deny your freedom in the future – [when you tell them this], they turn away. And what happened today? The terror struck London, indiscriminately…

«Those who are fighting in the name of Islam are distorting its image, and those who are defending them in the name of freedom are making the individual the victim of their defense. For the sake of the freedom of all of us, stop the ones who are attacking our freedom.» [13]

In a similar vein, columnist Amir Taheri wrote in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that suicide bombers were a weapon created by the propaganda against the West, through the Arab media, the Islamic associations, the Islamic schools, and the mosques, all over the world and in London as well: «The real reason for this tragedy is the message that divides humanity into ‘believers’ and ‘infidels,’ and arouses hatred among believers towards other religions…

«The London attack is not the work of a small group of people. It is the bitter fruit of a religion that has been hijacked by a minority of extremists, while the majority looks on in concern and amazement. Until we hear the voices of the Muslims condemning attacks of this kind with no words [of qualification] such as ‘but’ and ‘if,’ the suicide bombers and the murderers will have an excuse to think that they enjoy the support of all Muslims. The real battle against the enemy of mankind will begin when the ‘silent majority’ in the Islamic world makes its voice heard against the murderers, and against those who brainwash them, believe them, and fund them.» [14]

Arab Media Reactions to the London Bombing: «A Chapter in World War III»