Thursday, January 17, 2008

UK: Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

Government renames Islamic terrorism as 'anti-Islamic activity' to woo Muslims

Ministers have adopted a new language for declarations on Islamic terrorism.

In future, fanatics will be referred to as pursuing "anti-Islamic activity". Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said that extremists were behaving contrary to their faith, rather than acting in the name of Islam.

Security officials believe that directly linking terrorism to Islam is inflammatory, and risks alienating mainstream Muslim opinion.

Gag me. I mean literally and figuratively. (Although Home Office is quick to stress that no phrases are "banned". May I be quick to stress the implied "yet".)

In her first major speech on radicalisation, Miss Smith repeatedly used the phrase "anti-Islamic". In one passage she said: "As so many Muslims in the UK and across the world have pointed out, there is nothing Islamic about the wish to terrorise, nothing Islamic about plotting murder, pain and grief. Indeed, if anything, these actions are anti-Islamic'. "

Bon Voyage, chaps. This dhimmi ship has sailed.