New PM Gordon Brown is in denial on the danger his country faces from Islamic extremists. Even after a former jihadi (if that really exists) wrote a piece in the Daily Mail just the other day explaining that the Islamic religion is the source for terrorism, Brown’s administration still insists that Muslims and terrorists should not be linked together:
Gordon Brown doesn’t do charisma. In contrast to Tony Blair, the new British leader has offered no emotive sound bites, no promises of tough new laws and no talk of a “war on terror” since the failed attacks in London and Glasgow.
The stern Scot’s few public statements have been somber, measured and brief. Many Britons welcome the change, saying the lower-key approach may better reassure a rattled nation and prevent racial tensions from exploding.
Brown’s message–in one brief televised statement and a longer TV interview–can be summarized as “keep calm and carry on.” Speaking in the gruff Scottish brogue that is his trademark, he said the country faced a “sustained” threat and urged Britons to “stand together, united, resolute and strong.”
He has largely remained behind the scenes, leaving public briefings to police and senior officials. Brown chaired a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Saturday, but left later meetings to Smith–who as home secretary is equivalent to Britain’s interior minister–and other officials.
The low-key Smith also stands in contrast to her pugnacious predecessor, John Reid, whose tough talk on terrorism was sometimes criticized for inflaming ethnic and religious tensions. In a speech to lawmakers Monday, Smith called terrorists “criminals whose victims come from all walks of life, communities and religious backgrounds.” Brown has spoken of “al-Qaida” attackers but not of “Islamic” or “Muslim” terrorists.
Just pretend it didn’t happen, folks. Move along. Nothing to see here. Just an isolated incident.
It appears the British citizens also want to stick their heads in the sand and wish it all away. They still haven’t learned that appeasing terrorists will only get them more terrorism.
More information on Brown’s appeasement policy here:
Gordon Brown has banned ministers from using the word “Muslim” in connection with the terrorism crisis.
The Prime Minister has also instructed his team – including new Home Secretary Jacqui Smith – that the phrase “war on terror” is to be dropped.
The shake-up is part of a fresh attempt to improve community relations and avoid offending Muslims, adopting a more “consensual” tone than existed under Tony Blair.
“There is clearly a need to strike a consensual tone in relation to all communities across the UK,” the spokesman said. “It is important that the country remains united.”
He confirmed that the phrase “war on terror” – strongly associated with Mr Blair and US President George Bush – has been dropped.
He’s a man after John Edwards’ heart.