Brown Muslims terrorists, white nazis not terrorists?


This 30 August 2013 video from Britain is called Cameron loses crucial vote on military intervention in Syria.

If David Cameron would have won that vote in the British parliament, then the British armed forces would now be fighting in Syria as allies of Al-Qaeda and of ISIS.

By Lindsey German in England:

Two-tier terrorism

Saturday 6th December 2014

There’s a double standard where Islamist terror is met with hysteria, while far-right terror is met with indifference, writes Lindsey German

How do you define terrorism? This isn’t just a philosophical question.

Two brothers from Stratford in east London are now in jail for participating in a training camp run by an Islamist group, Junud al-Shaam (Soldiers of Damascus), fighting the Syrian government.

The two, Mohommod Nawaz and his brother Hamza, are serving four-and-a-half years and three years respectively.

It was agreed that they had not participated in any actual fighting in Syria. It was also agreed that they were not a threat in Britain and were not planning to carry out any attacks here.

Contrast this with the treatment of British soldier Ryan McGee, who constructed a bomb in his bedroom in Salford, where it was found by police along with an air pistol, axes and knives.

He had downloaded a video of two men being executed, one by beheading, beneath a swastika flag.

He hated immigrants, was a supporter of the English Defence League (EDL) and admired Hitler.

He came from a committed right-wing family, his mother buying him EDL T-shirt, jumper and “No surrender” flag for his 18th birthday.

Amazingly, he was not prosecuted under any terror laws and was given only a two-year sentence.

Can anyone doubt that the different treatment of the two cases lies in the different approach towards Muslims, who are held to much higher levels of accountability.

For example, McGee was called an immature teenager, but the actions of the two brothers are not put down to immaturity or foolishness.

They were accused of being ideologically committed to extreme Islamic ideas, but surely the soldier is at least as ideologically committed to right-wing ideas?

Expressing support for jihad and going to Syria to fight with Islamist groups may be something bitterly opposed by many of us, but aren’t they being convicted on the basis of their ideas, rather than anything that they have actually done?

And if anyone is to justify imprisoning people on the basis of ideas, why is this not applied across the board and in particular to extreme right-wing groups?

These double standards also apply to responses to terrorism.

Has the army been asked to denounce right-wing terrorism and to root it out? Are white soldiers asked to reject extremism?

The demands made on the whole Muslim community in these respects are ones that no other group or community has to adhere to.

We have to put these double standards in the context of Islamophobia.

It is now socially accepted to argue that Muslims = extremist = terrorist, and that there is something fanatical about the Muslim religion.

Yet the vast majority of Muslims reject individual acts of terror, just as most white Christians living in Manchester do.

What the vast majority of Muslims in Britain also reject, however, is the government’s disastrous foreign policy that has presided over a series of wars and occupations in Muslim majority countries.

These wars have created a vicious circle — supposedly to end terrorism, they have created a breeding ground for terrorism.

Isis has grown in Iraq and Syria as a result of opposition to Western policies and to the client politicians who have supported the West.

The Taliban is coming back in Afghanistan as the majority of Nato troops leave, fuelled by opposition to Western occupation and to the corruption of pro-Western politicians.

In Libya the country is in a state of civil war three years after the Western air strikes there.

If support for terrorist groups has spread throughout Asia, the Middle East and parts of Africa, then Western governments have to take a very large part of the responsibility.

Here in Britain millions have campaigned against the wars and for Palestine, from all races and communities.

They have been rewarded by politicians who ignore the demands of public opinion and who have so far failed to hold to account a single politician for their terrible consequences.

The Muslim community also suffers very high levels of attacks on civil liberties and surveillance by the security services.

The latest government attempts to crack down on people going to fight in Syria will only help criminalise a layer of young Muslims, rather than deal with the political problems that lead people to do these things in the first place.

And as Nawaz’s solicitor Imran Khan argues, “he thought what he was doing at the time was not unlawful,” given the arming and support for many of the Islamist groups from Western powers and their allies.

They could be forgiven for thinking they were doing nothing wrong. Khan also says this will make it harder to encourage Muslims to return from Syria.

This is less about rooting out terrorism but about blaming Muslims, already suffering discrimination in housing, jobs and education.

New research shows that Muslims face worse job discrimination than any other minority group in Britain and have less chance of being in work or a managerial role.

Dr Nabil Khattab from Bristol University put this down to growing Islamophobia and hostility against them, saying: “They are perceived as disloyal and as a threat,” and the “penalties” for being Muslim got worse in competing for professional and managerial jobs.

When terrorism is defined by your religion and the colour of your skin, this situation is likely to worsen. The fights against war, Islamophobia and racism have to go together.

Lindsey German is convener of the Stop the War Coalition.

USA: The Christian Terrorist Movement No One Wants To Talk About: here.

19 thoughts on “Brown Muslims terrorists, white nazis not terrorists?

  1. I suggest a couple of possibilities as why Muslims are the target, considering the Islamic faith traditionally were against usury, and may well be of that ideology today other than pressure from exterior sources, the Rothschilds family finance group having made trillions of dollars from usury, would be against the ideology of the Islamic faith, especially as the tradition for the Western Allies, having a appetite for militaristic action requiring money to fund these excursions, which are enthusiastic financed, is embracing easy money made paid by taxpayers, and the power to control politics, the other point is the wealth generated by oil from many Islamic countries is welcomed to exchange military equipment in exchange for oil, aided and abetted by supplying puppets and criminals of these countries, as noted the amalgamation of America, Britain and Israel as a combined effort, for the purpose of strategy in Israel being a base for militaristic action against the now target of the Middle East supplies and Suez Canal, their are other aspects such as the Balfour Treaty, a imperialist document and its allegiance to Jewish occupation.
    The deep rooted cultural conditioning of the Western mind as a dominating factor adds to the confusion of violence, to such a extent that any one who is not part of this mindset of prejudice and hypocrisy will find them self on the outer and what ensues.

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    • Banking does not have anything to do with Islamophobia (in the blog post, especially in Britain, against immigrants from Bangladesh or elsewhere). The overwhelming majority of these immigrants are not (shariah) bankers (like most Jews are not bankers). Big non-Islamic banks like Citibank, ABN AMRO and Goldman Sachs today have special branches for Islamic shariah banking:

      http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamitisch_bankieren

      Bahrain is a major centre for shariah banking, but that does not mean that the USA or the UK see it as an enemy. Quite the contrary, the British government recently decided to open a military base there, after an absence since 1971.

      The ideology of Islamophobia functions similarly to the ideology of anti-Semitism in nazi Germany, or the ideology of anti-communism during the cold war against the Soviet Union: to provide in the need for an enemy as a justification for cold war, or ‘hot wars’ (for the profits of the oil industry, weapons industry, etc.). Back then, NATO countries used Islamic fundamentalism, like Christian fundamentalism (as they still do sometimes; though the Soviet Union does not exist anymore).

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  2. Petre, as I stated in my previous post, Bahrain, is one of the worst states of human violations, the front of Bahrain, is a puppet state of the the British, America, seeing its relationship is involved with Britain, in military equipment for repression, also your comment of the Jews are not all bankers or Pakistan, are not all bankers this is a ludicrous exaggeration of what meaning I have used, it is obvious that a whole country is not involved with one industry, I am meaning a elite group of bankers such as the Rothschilds, are bankers, Sir Phillip Sasoon, a direct descendant of Amschel Rothschild, had a direct influence on the Treaty of Versailles, this had a important influence upon Germany, the British, elite, are entwined with the Jewish elite, owing to the financing of British excursions as a war mongering nation, bearing in mind I am not a Muslim, and am born in London, with a long ancestral line that is most likely more English that the British Monarchy, I mention this as I am a foreigner, what I am saying is in essence the British, elite, are preserving their privileged authority, I am not suggesting I am if inffered a Marxist, as my view of Marx, is he is all part of the corruption, incidentally also a Jew, I am not condemning the race of Jews, I am suggesting the elite is another story, also as a race at present Israel as far as morality goes, is one of the most violent and oppressive regimes in the world.
    How come you are in to pro British base in Bahrain? what are they doing their, I suggest they are their as a invasive force, they may be their with the blessing of the Bahrain Government, but as I have said who are they?
    As you are well aware my name is on the site, unlike those whom hide behind pseudonym.

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    • As is very easy to see from my blog, I don’t support the new British military base in Bahrain (or military bases anywhere else in the world) at all. I just wrote that the British, US, Canadian etc. governments don’t object to the sharia banks in Bahrain. The sharia banks in Bahrain (or elsewhere) are NOT the cause of British (or US, or other) imperialist wars. These wars have basically economic causes; for war propaganda, ruling classes sometimes use Islamophobia, sometimes anti-Semitism, sometimes anti-communism, sometimes other ‘patriotic’ xenophobia.

      The idea of an evil world conspiracy of Jewish bankers (as distinct from other bankers) in cahoots wioth Jewish anti-capitalists like Karl Marx is so stupid I won’t go into it.

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