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Norway's Terrorist and the EDL Link

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Norway has become the target of a terrorist attack which has claimed the lives of at least 92 innocent victims. We learn now the man responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians including children as young as 14, is a 32 year old named Anders Behring Breivik. He has been described as a Christian fundamentalist who held anti-Muslim views. He is also said to have visited extremist Christian websites and has links with far right groups, including the English Defence League (EDL). The EDL, who Jon Cruddas MP has previously described as “a much bigger threat than the BNP” is well known for its extremist views, yet the Government has failed to take action against the group.

Instead the Government chooses to target Muslims, with its Prevent strategy and snooping around University campuses in search of so called Islamic extremists.

But to ignore the rise of far-right sentiment is to do so at one’s own peril. Sixteen years ago, Timothy McVeigh, an American right-wing militant, detonated a truck bomb in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people with over 680 injured. Then in 1999, over a two week period, David Copeland, planted bombs in Brixton, home to the Black community, another in Brick Lane targeting the Asian Muslim community and a third was planted in Soho, central London, targeting the gay community. All three bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring 139. David Copeland also held extreme right wing views, having earlier joined the BNP and reading literature from extreme right-wing Christian groups.

However, perhaps one reason why Christian fundamentalism/far right sentiment has largely been ignored, while Muslim “extremism” cracked down upon is the way these events are reported in the media. Every time the story relates to a Muslim, the Muslim is said to have links with other groups or organisations, i.e. they are in some way part of a global network. Yet, if the story relates to a non-Muslim, as in the case of Timothy McVeigh, David Copeland and now Anders Behring Breivik, they are always said to be acting alone. They may have an accomplice, but they are not part of an “evil network” intent on destroying civilisation. They are dismissed as being mad-men or one of a kind. A deep-rooted ideological problem which needs tackling, is not considered in these cases, as it is in the case of Muslims. As these latest attacks in Norway confirm, terrorism and extremism can come from any group or grievance, yet once more the finger of suspicion fell swiftly upon the Muslims. It is no wonder, Muslims have become used to hearing the oft-repeated statement “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but ALL terrorists are Muslims”.

But despite America being attacked, Britain being attacked and now Norway being attacked by right-wingers, it is Muslims who are viewed with suspicion.

The world has watched with horror the events that have taken place in Norway recently, and no doubt world leaders will aim to review their own national security policies in light of this. But Muslims should play their part too. We need to stand up for our rights and demand our Government takes seriously the growing far-right sentiment and Islamophobia that is becoming increasingly apparent.

Contact David Cameron and ask what steps he intends to take to tackle Islamophobia and growing far-right sentiments. Demand in light of this he takes action to ban the EDL.

Contact also the Home Office and put the same concerns to them.

Contact the Foreign Office too and demand to know in light of recent events in Norway, what steps they intend to take to combat far-right sentiment which puts the lives of British citizens at risk.

Lastly, do not forget to contact the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, asking him what steps he intends to take to ban the EDL in light of recent events in Norway.

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