Hva skal britene gjøre med muslimsk ungdom som ser verden fra en helt skrudd vinkel, og kan forstå den fire selvmordsbomberne? Og hva skal de gjøre med ressurssterke muslimer som melder seg inn i en organisasjon som Hizb ut-Tahrir?
Nytimes møtte kameratene til den vellykkede Shahzad Tanweer:
LEEDS, England, July 15 – At Beeston’s Cross Flats Park, in the center of this now embattled town, Sanjay Dutt and his friends grappled Friday with why their friend Kakey, better known to the world as Shehzad Tanweer, had decided to become a suicide bomber.
«He was sick of it all, all the injustice and the way the world is going about it,» Mr. Dutt, 22, said. «Why, for example, don’t they ever take a moment of silence for all the Iraqi kids who die?»
«It’s a double standard, that’s why,» answered a friend, who called himself Shahroukh, also 22, wearing a baseball cap and basketball jersey, sitting nearby. «I don’t approve of what he did, but I understand it. You get driven to something like this, it doesn’t just happen.»
To the boys from Cross Flats Park, Mr. Tanweer, 22, who blew himself up on a subway train in London last week, was devout, thoughtful and generous. If they understood his actions, it was because they lived in Mr. Tanweer’s world, too.
They did not agree with what Mr. Tanweer had done, but made clear they shared the same sense of otherness, the same sense of siege, the same sense that their community, and Muslims in general, were in their view helpless before the whims of greater powers. Ultimately, they understood his anger.
Man kan få inntrykk av at muslimene ikke «slipper inn». Men en meningsmåling Guardian gjorde viser at bare 33 prosent ønsker å bli bedre integrert.
A recent poll commissioned by The Guardian found that 84 percent of Muslims surveyed were against the use of violence for political means, but only 33 percent of Muslims said they wanted more integration into 2_kommentarstream British culture. Almost half of those surveyed said their Muslim leadership did not represent their views.
Nytimes har snakket med dr. Waheed, en psykiater som idag er talsmann for Hizb ut-Tahrir, den samme gruppen som er forbudt i Tyskland, og som er aktive i Danmark.
På et møte i Birmingham sist søndag, diskuterte de London-bombene, og kom fram til helt andre resultater enn andre muslimske ledere:
«We know that the killing of innocents is forbidden,» Dr. Waheed said. «But we don’t see two classes of blood; the blood of Iraqis is just as important to us as English blood.» He emphasized that they in no way condoned the bombings. «But when you understand things from that perspective, why should we condemn the bombing?»
Disse holdningener selvfølgelig ment å appellere til den fremmedgjorte ungdommen i Leeds.
Hvordan skal myndighetene forholde seg til en slik gruppering? Det står nok av liberale talsmenn klare til å forsvare deres ytringsfrihet, for ikke å snakke om oppholdstillatelser.