Three British far-rightists have adopted jihadi tactics and posted videos of men wearing terrorist-style black masks on YouTube where they threaten to behead British Muslims. Daniel Foggo of The Sunday Times (London) provides details on the three videos posted between August 11 and 19, or right after the airline bombing scare:
The films show balaclava-clad white British men brandishing guns, knives and clubs, calling on all Muslims to leave Britain or be killed. One appears to be a soldier who has served in the Gulf. In one film, a man tells Muslims to "go home" or risk being burned alive. He threatens, "I'll cut your head off", and claims to have "comrades" across Britain who have "had enough". …
In one video, a man with a London accent says: "I wish to know what we are going to do to fight the so-called religion of peace known as Islam." He lists incidents including the racially motivated murder of Ross Parker, a white teenager, on September 21, 2001. The alleged airline bomb plot is also mentioned, with the masked man claiming it has resulted in "no retaliation" against Muslims. He says: "It may be because you fear prison. Well, wake up. I am calling on England, Ulster, Scotland and Wales to stand and defend the island that we love."
Another video, dated August 19, shows a balaclava-clad man with a Welsh accent telling Muslims to "go home" or be burned. Brandishing a 30cm-long hunting knife with a serrated blade, he says: "We are going to rip the life out of you. I am going to tear your guts out. I'll cut your head off." In a reference that may indicate a military background, he says the slaughter would remind him of being "back in the Gulf".
Comment: It is nearly inevitable that Islamist barbarism provoke anti-Muslim barbarism. Recall the Nepalese example of 2004. One can only hope the Islamists will call off their hordes before things get out of hand. (September 4, 2006)
Oct. 22, 2006 update: In a more mainstream way, the Evangelical Alliance of the UK, an organization that represents 1.2 million Christians, has published a report, Faith and Nation: Report of a Commission of Inquiry to the UK Evangelical Alliance, that echoes the YouTube counter-jihadis noted above. "Can it ever be possible for Christians to join in civil disobedience or even violent revolution?" it asks. "Could such resistance ever take the form of physical force or even armed revolution?" The report is coy in its reply, but just raising these issues is a statement in itself.
Related Topics: Counter-terrorism, Muslims in the United Kingdom
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