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Taheri on the Six Layers of Layers of Hostility in Britain

Amir Taheri may be the world's best Middle East columnist. I certainly believe that he is. In Friday's Wall Street Journal, Taheri, who usually writes for Al-Sharq al-Awsat (contains bio in English), writes on the sad state of British society on the first anniversity of the "7/7 attacks" that killed 52 people last year in London, and the frightening state of a minority of British Muslims who sympathize with Islamic terrorism as well as British Muslim leaders who condemn the attacks but blame Britain anyway.

While the distaste of so many British Muslims for Britain is disconcerting, especially since Britain has been more open and tolerant of Muslim minorities than most European countries, more depressing is the degree to which British society at large seems thoroughly demoralized in the face of the greatest threat the country has seen since 1940. This attitude of defeatism and "Blame Britain First" has its analogy in the United States, albeit to a lesser degree. That this state of affairs is discouraging, of course, is no reason to ignore it. Indeed, it is of deep concern to Americans that our closest friends and allies (along side the Aussies) are so down on themselves. So now to Taheri, who dissects the six layers of hostility, self-loathing and disenchantment which haunts this great nation.

Amir Taheri, The Wall Street Journal
July 7, 2006; A12
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LONDON -- Set within Regent's Park, the Queen Mary's Garden is home to the world's largest collection of roses. Today, the garden will serve as the stage for a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the underground and bus services here, in which 52 people died and more than 700 were injured.

Originally envisaged as a grand event with the queen and government leaders present, the ceremony has been rescripted as "a simple, sober event" to please a multicultural elite gripped by self-loathing. The queen has been advised to stay away, along with Tony Blair and other leading political figures. There will be no mention of the fact that the four suicide bombers involved in the 7/7 tragedy were British-born Muslims. Nor will the grieving families invited to the ceremony be told that their loved ones were victims of a global Islamofascist movement.

The rose garden is a few hundred yards from Regent's Park Mosque, Britain's largest. However, the idea for a 7/7 ceremony at the mosque, aired in January, was dropped when Muslim leaders said such a move could be exploited by "the enemies of Islam." Some leaders have gone further, calling on their coreligionists not to break their noontime prayer (salat) to observe a two-minute silence on Friday, decreed by the government in remembrance of the 7/7 victims.

Rather than using the occasion to combat Islamofascism as the enemy of both Western democracies and Muslims everywhere...

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