I’ve just seen the British Home Secretary on TV admonishing Muslim parents to detect radicalising influences in their children, and to nip these radicalising influences in the bud, and counteract them, because we share the same values.
What is radicalising Muslim youth is the values of Tony Blair’s government — remaining silent in the face of the slaughter of hundreds in Lebanon, and making thousands homeless. It is the Blair government that is in denial if it does not realise this.
Muslim youth in Britain saw this unremitting slaughter on TV screens day after day, and they knew that their government, with its much-vaunted “values”, did less than any other government, except the USA, to try to stop it. Who is the Home Secretary trying to fool? We can all see the “values” that the British government endorses. And it is that that radicalises Muslim youth and others.
I’m not a Muslim, I’m a Christian, and if I lived in Britain I’d be pretty disgusted with the Blair government too, because Christians also live in Lebanon, and they shared the roads, the bridges, the schools and hospitals and homes that were destroyed.
The British Labour Party once stood for values like housing the homeless. Now they stand for making people homeless. It’s up to the British government to change that, not Muslim parents. If the British government wants to avoid the radicalising of Muslim youth, then they’d better stop supporting the injustices that get Muslim youth riled up, or at least appearing to support them. Otherwise their appeal to “common values” will fall on deaf ears. Imagine if a Tory had told the grandparents of the present Labour leaders to watch out for radicalising influences on their children.