On the prime political purposes of this historically decisive time – 1

ONLY TWO MATTERS should be of prime importance in every British citizen’s mind when voting in next week’s general election, viz:

  • the best means of accomplishing the public’s majority decision to leave the EU
  • the recognition of religious dogma behind, and the eradication of, terrorism in UK.

I do not think it’s a matter of voting as one would normally do, eg. according to party, but for what is best for Britain. Being far more interested in things of the Kingdom I’ve no political axe to grind but need to state the obvious:

If Mrs May fails to win this election decisively and clueless clowns devoid of a plan for achieving Brexit succeed her, Britain would become the laughing-stock of the world.

Also, anyone who fails to recognise the murders of innocent citizens, especially children, as terrorism – and throughout their career has feted terrorists and attended their gatherings and memorials – and countenances anti-Semitism in his followers – is worthy of the utmost contempt and should be treated as not only a political pariah but also an appeaser of evil. Blaming British and Western nations’ “foreign policy” as the cause of those atrocities is more than reprehensible – it is outright treason!

In his op-ed last Saturday, Charles Moore adroitly analyses why “Jeremy Corbyn has a better understanding than Theresa May of what Islamist terrorism is. This is because he shares a key aspect of its world view”.:

‘Throughout his long career as a Member of Parliament, he has been absolutely consistent. What links his support for Sinn Fein/IRA, the liberation struggle in East Timor and his declarations that Hamas and Hizbollah are his “friends” and the death of Osama bin Laden was a “tragedy”? One thing: in all of those causes, the West – especially Britain and the United States – was the enemy…’ (A summary of his dubious associations with Islamic terrorists follows)

Consider Charles’ parting shots (emphases mine):

‘Mrs Thatcher was first called the Iron Lady because she exposed the Soviet threat. Mrs May could win equivalent respect by an equivalent exposure of extremism.

‘After all, this is a moment of change. On Sunday in Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump made a speech. It was little reported here, because our media are interested in him only when he gets into trouble (which is often), but it marked a decisive break.

Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama could not bring himself to utter the words “Islamic terrorism”. His entire discourse therefore took place in a self-created vacuum. President Trump, however, talked to his Arab audience about “honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds”. In a Muslim world scared by the power of Iran and of Isil, and victim (which we tend to forget) of 95 per cent of all Islamist terror attacks, there is a growing coalition for confronting the threat rather than, as in the past, exporting it.

‘The violence from which we are suffering is the extension of a story of victimhood which people like Jeremy Corbyn assiduously foster. The doctrines of non-violent extremists create the space for the Islamist violence itself. “Strong and stable leadership” should be able to win by explaining this.’

This post-atrocities article is well-balanced with Charles’ opening remarks on A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam by Prince Ghazi, a Muslim theologian, cousin and advisor to the king of Jordan, and whom he quotes:

‘Showing systematically how the extremists diverge from all the traditional schools of Muslim thought and distort the scriptures, Prince Ghazi estimates that roughly 15 million of the world’s 1.5 billion Sunni Muslims support radical Salafists. Of these, 150,000 have taken up arms. Traditional Muslims are many, the extremists are 1 per cent of 1 per cent.

‘He puts three questions “for every Muslim” which are “the litmus test for your understanding of your religion and your heart”. The one most relevant to us is directed at Muslims who live in free, non-Muslim countries. “Is it impossible to live and let live with non-Muslims in peace, friendship and mutual respect as long as some Muslims in the world have a conflict with them or a grievance against their foreign policy?” If you think it is, he says, you are not a true Muslim.’

Next, we’ll consider how to deal with what makes a political religion a world-wide menace.

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