The Guardian and The Independent today both carry extracts from a speech that the British PM, David Cameron, is set to deliver later today in which he seems to lay down the law, wild west style, to UK Muslims about their duties and responsibilities.
Speaking at an anti-terrorism and security conference in Munich, Cameron is set to say that:
“Europe needs to wake up to what is happening in our own countries. We need to be absolutely clear on where the origins of these terrorist attacks lie – and that is the existence of an ideology, Islamist extremism…some organisations that seek to present themselves as a gateway to the Muslim community are showered with public money while doing little to combat extremism. This is like turning to a rightwing fascist party to fight a violent white supremacist movement.”
The comments by David ‘I am a Zionist’ Cameron reveal that he has bought into the worldview espoused by the neo-con thinktank Policy Exchange and the Education Secretary Michael Gove (a former chairman of PX) which seeks to blame ‘Islamist ideology’ rather than Western warmongering and support for dictatorships in the Muslim world for the AQ terrorist phenomenon.
I am quoted in the Guardian news piece responding as follows:
“Mr Cameron’s remarks are ill-judged and deeply patronising. The overwhelming majority of UK Muslims are proud to be British and are appalled by the antics of a tiny group of extremists and so will hardly be pleased with his lecture on integration.
“Ironically, the PM’s comments come on a day when the viciously Islamophobic English Defence League are to stage their biggest demonstration yet on our streets. Integration works both ways and we would expect Mr Cameron and his government to be openly challenging these EDL extremists. Instead, he and his senior ministers have to date remained totally mute. It is disgraceful.”
Update: The BBC are carrying an extract from an interview I did earlier.
Update 2: Mehdi Hasan has written a splendid rebuttal here.
Update 3: An additional fine rebuttal of Cameron’s neo-con-inspired idiocy in The Indy today: Paul Vallely – ‘How monocultural does the PM want us to be?’