Den nye lederen for Muslim Council of Britain, Muhammad Abdul Bari, har kommet med uttalelser som tyder på alvorlige svikt i dømmekraften. Bari sa det er medier og politikere som demoniserer muslimene. Storbritannia risikerer å få to millioner terrorister på nakken.
Britain will face have to deal with up to two million Islamic terrorists unless there is an end to ‘demonising’ of Muslims, the leader of the most influential Muslim organisation has said.
Treating all Muslims as if they were terrorists will encourage large numbers to become terrorists, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari said.
The warning from the chief of the Muslim Council of Britain – the grouping that Tony Blair’s Government has considered the leading voice for Muslims – came amid rising tensions over the increasingly suspicious attitude to Muslims in the rest of society.
Dr Bari declared: «Some police officers and sections of the media are demonising Muslims, treating them as if they are all terrorists, and that encourages other people to do the same.
«If that demonisation continues, then Britain will have to deal with two million Muslim terrorists, 700,000 of them in London. «If you attack a whole community, it becomes despondent and aggressive,» he added.
The message from Dr Bari appeared to be aimed at muting criticism from police officers and broadcasters and newspapers who have questioned widely-held Muslim attitudes and at police officers who have called for greater surveillance of Muslims.
It appeared to contain a measure of exaggeration – according to the last national census, there are fewer than 1.6 million Muslims in the country.
But by suggesting that a majority of British Muslims may be prepared to support or engage in terrorism the Muslim Council chief may undermine figures who have tried to ward off attacks on Muslims.
Threat of up to two million Muslim terrorists, warns community leader