Exclusive: Feeding Frenzy of the Islamist Crocodiles (Part One of Two)
by ADRIAN MORGAN
March 18, 2009
There is a famous quote attributed to Winston Churchill, which is almost ubiquitous on the Internet. I have even quoted it myself on these pages. It goes: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."
Sadly, the quote is garbled. It comes from a BBC radio broadcast made on January 20, 1940, where Churchill discussed the inaction of the "neutral" nations who refused to confront Nazism. He said: "Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured. But I fear – I fear greatly – the storm will not pass."
The players are different today, but Churchill's message is still valid. We are at war. Militant Islam declared war on the West back in 1993, when the first attack on the World Trade Center took place. Almost every week, more American soldiers and more British soldiers die in Afghanistan, fighting in this war. Back in 1940, the rules of engagement were clear. The enemy was easily identifiable, his motives unmistakable. Today there is some confusion about who the protagonists are and who the "neutral" nations are in this war.
The Taliban continue to kill American and British soldiers, to routinely oppress women and deny them education, but then we hear talk of Obama's idle musings about negotiating with the Taliban. In Britain, for the last 11 years the socialist Labour government has engaged in a pas de deux with supporters of terror. Labour tacitly accepted the terms of a "covenant of security." This gave British-based Islamists permission to plot terror, as long as those terrorist acts took place somewhere else.
As Daniel Pipes pointed out in January 2007: "British-based terrorists have carried out operations in at least 15 countries, going from East to West ... Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Algeria, Morocco, Russia, France, Spain and the United States." If one includes the exploits of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh in India, that would make 16 countries. British Islamists also took part in Mujahideen activity in the Balkans, in Kosovo and Bosnia.
On July 7, 2005, four British Muslims blew themselves up on London Transport, killing 52 innocent travelers and injuring hundreds. On August 1, 2005, the BBC aired a short news feature that shocked Britons. Bearded fanatics, born in Britain, were seen praising the activities of the 7/7 bombers and praising Bin Laden. One, who called himself Abu Uzair, declared that "the covenant of security is no longer, doesn't no longer (sic) exist."
Abu Uzair belonged to a group that formerly called itself Al-Muhajiroun. Archive footage was shown on the BBC, taken in 2004, of an Al-Muhajiroun meeting in London. Here, Uzair addressed an audience: "When they speak about September the eleventh, when the two planes, magnificently, went through those buildings, OK..."
Uzair was shown sitting beside another bearded figure. The man was Anjem Choudary (pictured below), who also spoke. He said of George W. Bush: "He said: "You're either with us or you're ... with the terrorists. And what did we Muslims say? We said we're not with you – we're with the terrorist! Allah Ackbar!" Choudary used to be the operational head Al Muhajiroun before it was disbanded in October 2004. The spiritual leader of the group was Omar Bakri Mohammed, who fled Britain in August 2005.
In 2005, Choudary was a leading member of the Saviour Sect and Al Ghurabaa (the "strangers"). The negative publicity that arose from the BBC broadcast caused the Saviour Sect to later change its name to the Saved Sect. In July 2007, both the Saved Sect and Al Ghurabaa were officially banned by the government, but Choudary and his associates continued to operate as an organized group.
In November 2005 Choudary, Abu Izzadeen and other former players in Al Muhajiroun had founded a new group in north London. This called itself "Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah". Its membership was the same as that of Al Ghurabaa and the Saviour/Sect. When Britain's Home Secretary John Reid banned these two groups, he failed to ban Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah.
Reid's failure to ban the group allowed it to continue its activities. On February 3, 2006 the group had made its first major public appearance. At a march that ended at the Danish Embassy in Sloane Square, Chaudary's mob bore banners that read: "Behead those who insult Islam," "Europe. Take some lessons from 9/11," "Europe you will pay. Demolition is on its way," "Europe you will pay. Your extermination is on its way," "Slay those who insult Islam," "Butcher those who insult Islam." No Muslims were arrested at the time, but one van driver who objected to the slogans was warned that he could be arrested if he continued to complain.
The Danish Embassy incident had drawn angry comments in Parliament, critical of the police who had made no attempt to deal with the illegal protest. The first arrests did not take place until a month later. Five people were indicted, and four of these were later tried, convicted and jailed for incitement to murder.
Choudary was given a trivial fine on July 4, 2006, for organizing the illegal demonstration outside the Danish Embassy. He had previously been sentenced for organizing illegal demonstrations in 2003. In September 2006, a few weeks after Al Ghurabaa and the Saviour/Saved Sect were banned, Choudary led another illegal demonstration outside Westminster Cathedral in London, harassing worshippers. Here, Choudary said that because Pope Benedict XVI had made a speech about Islam that some construed as critical of Islam, the Pontiff should be executed. The head of the Metropolitan Police later announced that no crime had been committed.
Last week and this week, Anjem Choudary and Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah featured in the news again. The reason stemmed from the behavior of a small group of Choudary's supporters on March 10th in Luton, Bedfordshire. 200 soldiers arriving back home from Iraq were having a parade through the town. These belonged to the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment, aka the "Poachers." Among the onlookers at the parade were about 15 Muslim fanatics, with a group of women in full burkas accompanying them.
The Islamists shouted abuse at the soldiers, calling them "Terrorists." They carried placards with slogans which read: "Baby killers," "Anglian Soldiers Butchers of Basra" and accused the Battalion of being "Criminals, Murderers Terrorists" and "Cowards." What angered many people was the manner in which the police arrested no member of the Islamist group, but instead arrested those who took issue with them. One of these was an 18-year-old man who was charged with racially aggravated harassment (verbal abuse). He will appear in court on March 18th. Another man in his 40s was given an £80 on-the-spot fine.
The Islamists from Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah vowed to continue protesting against homecoming soldiers. Anjem Choudary declared: "Whenever the troops come we will be demonstrating." On Saturday, March 14 , Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah members took to the streets of Luton again, distributing leaflets which condemned the "racist and discriminate nature of the British public."
Many Muslims, such as boxer Amir Khan, condemned the actions of Choudary's fanatics. Fifty ringside seats for Khan's successful match against Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera were offered to the Poachers. Ali Abbas, who lost his arms and his family in Iraq, condemned the protesters, saying: "How dare these so-called Muslims speak with so much conviction when not even a handful of them have ever set foot in Iraq?" The Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah protesters have even exploited photographs of Ali in its anti-Western propaganda.
One of the Luton protesters, Jalal Ahmed, was revealed to have been employed as a baggage handler at Luton Airport for the past two years. Ahmed had his security pass suspended after the publicity, and his father defended him, saying: "He has done nothing wrong. He was just exercising his right to protest. I wouldn't stop him if he wanted to do something similar again."
Another protester – Yousaf Bashir – lived with his parents in a house in Luton. After windows in the house were smashed, Bashir was given police protection.
Anjem Choudary capitalized on the free publicity. On March 11th, the day after the protest, he appeared on GMTV (morning television). He aired his views, creating another round of headlines for the subsequent day. Choudary has also been reviled for his comments such as the following: "Every woman, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, would have to wear a traditional burka and cover everything apart from her face and hands in public. In matters to do with the judicial system and the penal code, one male witness is sufficient to counter the testimony of two females. People who commit adultery would be stoned to death." Choudary also condemned British people for living "like animals in the jungle."
It has been easy for some in the media to dismiss Choudary and his cronies as eccentric but harmless fools. The Sunday Times this weekend carried an editorial suggesting that we should "just laugh at these clowns". Trivializing the threat posed by Choudary and his mob may make people feel better, but does not make the threat go away. The British government, and various police forces, have stood back and done nothing while he, his friends and his supporters have called for the death of others.
There is evidence that their preaching inspired at least one of their number to become a British suicide bomber (Asif Hanif), responsible for the deaths of three people in Tel Aviv in April 2003. The Operation Crevice members who plotted death and destruction in Britain were mostly members of Al Muhajiroun, the body that was headed by Choudary and his guru, Omar Bakri Mohammed. These terrorists, now jailed, were also in close contact with Mohamed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, two of the four bombers who killed 52 London travelers on July 7, 2005. The "clowns" – when viewed against the scheming of their followers and associates – are suddenly not funny at all.
Anjem Choudary - Evolution of a Fanatic
Born in 1967, Choudary was the son of a market trader from Welling, on the edge of London. He appears to have lived a charmed life. He has glorified terrorism, and has presided over websites that justify the murder of people who do not submit to Islam, but has not been in jail. He has organized demonstrations where his followers called for people to be killed. On February 2, 2006, he and his followers demonstrated outside the BBC headquarters, demanding that named employees should be killed. Police stood by and did nothing.
While Choudary has walked a tightrope without falling, his close associates are now in jail. Abu Izzadeen (above) who led the Saviour/Saved Sect is currently in jail. He was sentenced to four and a half years' imprisonment on April 21 2008. Izzadeen was convicted of fundraising for terrorism and inciting terrorism overseas (only a crime in the UK since October 2001). Simon (Sulayman) Keeler, who was with Choudary and Izzadeen when they founded Ahlus Sunna Wal Jamaah in 2005 in a charity shop in Leytonstone, north London, was also jailed with Izzadeen at Kingston Crown Court or the same period of time.
Choudary's friend Abdul Muhid was also found guilty at the same trial of gathering money to send to insurgents in Iraq, along with another individual, Shah Jalal Hussain. Abdul Muhid had been arrested with Choudary at Stansted airport in May 2006 when the pair had tried to fly to Dublin, Ireland, contravening their bail conditions.
At the time of his conviction at Kingston Crown Court, Muhid was already serving a six-year sentence for "soliciting to murder." Muhid had previously fought with police in Chingford, called for British soldiers to be killed, for homosexuals to be thrown off cliffs. He took a megaphone into a Sikh neighborhood and started to insult individuals on the street. Muhid had been arrested on various occasions, and taken to court, but until he cried out "Bomb, bomb the UK" at the Danish Embassy demonstration, his actions had led to no punishment. Other associates of Muhid who were jailed for their roles at the same February 3, 2006 demonstration are: Abdul Saleem (aka "Abu Yahya") Umran Javed and Mizanur Rahman.
Anjem Choudary qualified as a lawyer, which partly explains why he has been able to evade punishment. But his knowledge of British law does not wholly explain why Choudary has thus far avoided jail. On numerous occasions, Choudary has openly incited murder (a crime) and the reason why he has not been punished so far lies predominantly with the British establishment – its politicians and police.
The situation in Luton on March 10th last week highlighted in microcosm the processes by which fanatical Muslims are allowed to engage in forms of behavior that would see non-Muslims arrested. In Luton, people who threw insults at the Islamist protesters were arrested, while the Islamists were protected by the police.
The precedent for this recurring theme in British law enforcement happened in early1988, two decades ago. At that time, Dr Kalim Siddiqui (1931 – 1996) was instrumental in many of the protests against Salman Rushdie – indeed Siddiqui went to Iran and encouraged Ayatollah Khomeini to uphold his death fatwa. The Rushdie affair saw leading Muslim figures like Yusuf Islam saying on television that he wanted to see Rushdie burned, and hundreds of Muslims descending on Hyde Park to demand that the author repent or die. None of these people calling for the death of the author were taken to court, even though they had all breached the law that prohibited "incitement to murder."
In 1991, three years after the Rushdie affair brought bloodthirsty British Islamists into the open, Omar Bakri Mohammed issued a fatwa in which he wrote of Britain's Prime Minister: "(John) Major is a legitimate target. If anyone gets the opportunity to assassinate him, I don't think they should save it. It is our Islamic duty and we will celebrate his death." Bakri was interviewed by Britain's homeland security agency, MI5, but no charges were brought against him.
Omar Bakri Mohammed had co-founded the British branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir in 1986, a year after he had been deported from Saudi Arabia and began claiming asylum in Britain. In Saudi Arabia he had founded a group that he called Al-Muhajiroun (the Emigrants). This was a front for Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group that is illegal in most Middle Eastern countries. On January 16, 1996, Bakri resigned from the British Hizb ut-Tahrir chapter. He took some of the more volatile and intransigent HT members with him and in February 1996 he formed these into a new group which he called "Al-Muhajiron". Bakri saw no contradiction in calling for attacks against Britain while receiving state handouts.
After President Mubarak of Egypt criticized Britain's policies of allowing Islamists, including convicted Islamists to claim asylum and receive welfare, Bakri issued another fatwa, urging his murder. "As far as Islam is concerned, he [Mubarak] is now a legitimate target. If a Muslim kills Mubarak tomorrow he is performing a legitimate act because he is responding to the court's verdict."
This style of language - though obviously encouraging murder – allowed Bakri to use "Islam" as the justification, rather than expressing this as a personal wish. Choudary, who first met Bakri in 1996 at a mosque in Woolwich, London, would later copy this style. In September 2006 when he spoke of executing the Pope, Choudary chose his words carefully.
Choudary said: "The Muslims take their religion very seriously and non-Muslims must appreciate that and that must also understand that there may be serious consequences if you insult Islam and the prophet. Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment. I am here have a peaceful demonstration. But there may be people in Italy or other parts of the world who would carry that out. I think that warning needs to be understood by all people who want to insult Islam and want to insult the prophet of Islam."
In the same year, while Anjem Choudary was head of the Al Ghurabaa group, a text appeared on his website, entitled "Kill those who insult the Prophet Muhammad". Choudary almost certainly was involved in writing this text, and as leader of the group, he was legally responsible. This tract contains the lines: "The insulting of the Messenger Muhammad (saw) is something that the Muslims cannot and will not tolerate and the punishment in Islam for the one who does so is death. This is the sunnah of the prophet and the verdict of Islam upon such people, one that any Muslim is able execute." The message is obviously urging people to kill, but framing it within tenets of religious dogma.
Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah now uses the website Islam4UK to disseminate its views. The same tactics are again employed. The website contains the following Hadith quote: "Muhammad (saw) said, 'I am the one who laughs while I am killing.' And because of it he said 'O people of Quraish, I have come to slaughter you.' And he (saw) said 'I have been ordered to fight people until they say laa ilaaha illallah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and if they do that then their lives and wealth are protected from me except for the Haq of Islam and the account of Allah (swt)'."
Wherever former followers of Al Muhajiroun write articles, there is usually an element of threat and intimidation. Their dogma verges on the absurd, such as their declaration that clapping should be forbidden. When discussing thugs like Abdul Muhid ("Prisoner TT6649", pictured), the language is cloying, mawkish. Muhid, who thought nothing of calling for others to die, or punching policemen, is described as someone who is "very much loved amongst those he knew. A kind and generous person whose priority was always others," a victim. And of other criminals like Muhid, the article states: "Rise to the cries of the aseer. They are crying. Their wives are crying. Their children are crying. Their mothers and fathers are crying." Sentimental balderdash, but it works on gullible readers.
In September 2006 the London Evening Standard contained revelations about Anjem Choudary's past that show how different he was when he was a student. Before he studied law, he was a medical student at Southampton University. Here he engaged in casual sex with various partners, he smoked cannabis, drank alcohol and cider, and even took LSD. On one occasion he took so much LSD he was hallucinating for 20 hours. Anjem even preferred to be called by the Western monicker "Andy" than his given name.
These allegations were repeated again recently in the Daily Mail newspaper, with photographs. Arrogantly, Choudary would deny the reports as fabrications. Choudary only spent one year studying medicine at Southampton University. His debauched lifestyle caused him to fail his exams. He started to study commercial law instead. For his final year he went to Guildford where he qualified as a lawyer. He then went to London, marrying his wife Rubana Akhtar in 1996, shortly before he became involved with Bakri Mohammed.
Nowadays, Choudary insists that he is not only a religious figure of merit, but he is a "Judge of the Shari'ah Court of the UK" and a "Lecturer at the London School of Shari'ah." The London Shari'ah Court was founded by Omar Bakri Mohammed, and has no legitimacy other than amongst Choudary's lackeys. The London School of Shariah has no fixed abode, and runs courses that promote the understanding of "sharia" jurisdiction, even though it rejects all of the main schools of Sharia.
The British government is currently spending £90 million on trying to prevent young Muslims from becoming extremists. The government is being very secretive about which groups it is supporting in its bid to dissuade young people from becoming "extreme". However, the history of Anjem Choudary and others within Al Muhajiron and its disbanded groups shows that people who in many respects have "integrated" into Western lifestyles, albeit decadent lifestyles, can easily become fanatics. On August 7, 2005, the Sunday Times featured a detailed report on Omar Bakri's Saviour Sect. This showed that the group particularly recruited young people who had rebelled against, or had been pushed out, by their parents. These included drug takers.
In Part Two on Friday, I will describe how Al Muhajiroun and other Islamist groups exploited the weaknesses in Britain's social and political life. The current British government has allowed extremism to flourish for more than a decade. It has refused to condemn Islamists' blatant radicalism as to do so would damage their cherished and idealized notions of multiculturalism. Where Britain has created a climate where Islamist intolerance must now be officially tolerated by all, under threat of punishment, America appears to be creeping in the same direction.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Adrian Morgan is a British-based writer and artist who has written for Western Resistance since its inception. He also writes for Spero News. He has previously contributed to various publications, including the Guardian and New Scientist and is a former Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society. Feedback: email@example.com.