Name-calling, anxiety, fear and anger rippled through Britain on Sunday after three failed bomb attacks in London and Glasgow. Government and religious leaders appealed for calm, but some Muslims braced for a backlash — while some non-Muslims looked for someone to blame."Scattered incidents of racist abuse", "abusive graffiti": even if these claims are true (and so far it seems that we only have the worthless word of Muslims to go on) then that hardly compares to what would have happened had the coreligionists of these poor oppressed victims succeeded in their various attempts at terrorism. Wouldn't it be nice if, just for once, the Muslims though about that, before whining at the tops of their voices about their victimhood?
The attacks sparked scattered incidents of racist abuse on the streets of London, with young white men targeting Muslim taxi drivers and others of South Asian appearance. Glasgow lawmaker Mohammad Sarwar said some Muslims in Scotland had been threatened or targeted with abusive graffiti.
"I have spoken to a number of people from the Muslim community and the Asian community who feel very angry," [Sarwar] told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.How odd. Muslims try to kill people, and society singles out Muslims. When really, as the Muslim Council of Britain says, it's those pesky Buddhists we should be looking out for.
He said Scottish Muslim leaders were meeting in Glasgow to discuss the attacks' impact on their community.
"They're concerned about a backlash and that's why the emergency meeting has been called."
Muslim anger was directed at the terrorists — but also at a society some felt singles Muslims out for scrutiny whenever there is a terrorist attack.
"We are seething with anger about this," said Osama Saeed, Scottish spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain.Hmm, Muslims seething with anger. Now, where have I heard that before?
"As a community not only are we just as likely to be victims as anyone else, but we are also looked to in order to provide direction and in some respects take responsibility for this," he added.The Muslim Association of Britain, of which Saeed is a leading member, is led by Azzam Tamimi, a man who has expressed a desire to become a suicide bomber himself. Perhaps if the Muslim community want to avoid being associated with terrorism they could refrain from designating such people as their leaders and representatives. Perhaps they might also consider giving some thought to the question of why it is almost always Muslims who carry out, or attempt to carry out, these kinds of atrocities. If, rather than whining and blaming everyone else for their problems, they were actually prepared to take responsibility for the fact that it is their community which is the problem here, and to take steps to correct that problem, then they might not get, or deserve, so much of the blame. But I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for Muslims to acknowledge any of this. Playing the oppressed victim group is so very much more their style.
"We are sick of being defined as a community by terrorism and having to answer for it."