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Da Kari Vogt ble spurt på radio igår om målingen i Daily Telegraph som viser at hver fjerde muslim i UK sympatiserer med selvmordbombernes motiver, svarte hun med å stille spørsmål ved metodikken. Hvorfor var det ingen som snakket om de 30.000 hat-mailene som muslimene mottok i timene etter angrepet, spurte hun.

Ingen dør av en hat-mail. Hvor mange angrep har det egentlig vært? Svært få, overraskende få, hvis man kjenner menneskenaturen, skriver David Aaronovitch i Times.

In fact, deeply reprehensible though attacks on Muslims are, the truth is that I had half expected much worse. With the lack of faith that people such as me sometimes have in the wider population, I had imagined that the first serious atrocity committed here by native British Muslims would give the racist far-right an immediate and violent lift. I still recall watching, as a 13-year-old, when the dockers — the aristocracy of labour — marched for Enoch. So far nothing such as this has happened. And, horrid though it may be to be wrongly suspected (like the man who finds himself walking behind a lone woman after dark), it isn’t victimhood. Nor is it Islamophobic for people to worry about young Asian men with rucksacks on the Tube. I don’t suppose that Muslims travelling on the buses worry too much about elderly white women with knitwear handbags.

A city under siege? Rubbish. It’s more dangerous crossing a road in Naples