WikiLeaks: British Outreach to Muslim Community Fails

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


According to one of the cables released by WikiLeaks, the U.S. believes that the British have made “little progress” in winning over its Muslim community. The author is right to be alarmed but shouldn’t be surprised. The U.K., like the U.S., has been courting extremists in moderate clothing as part of its outreach and has failed to stop Islamist trends in the country as a result.

The August 2006 document says that although the British government invested “considerable time and resources” into reaching out to the Muslim community after the terrorist attacks in London on July 7, 2005, a productive relationship has not been established. As an example, the cable mentioned “The Muslim community’s reaction to the arrests of 24 of its own sons—a kneejerk reaction blaming [the government]—shows that its leaders too have far to go.” It complained about how Muslim leaders attributed homegrown extremism to British foreign policy, using the problem to vindicate their political views.

The cable correctly points out that the British Muslim community has not waged an ideological offensive against Islamic extremists, instead denying that an ideological motivation is even the cause. The British government is also at fault, as its ignorance of who it embraces has sidelined moderates and empowered those with the views it seeks to combat.

For example, a supporter of Hizb ut-Tahrir who once referred to the “terrorist slaughter machine of the Zionist state of Israel” named Azad Ali was appointed to an advisory panel for the counter-terrorism chief of the Crown Prosecution Service. Asim Hafeez, who became the head of intervention at the Office of Security and Counterterrorism, has been described as a “hardcore Salafi.” And Mockbul Ali, who was put in charge of countering extremist ideology at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has used his position to try to gain entry to the U.K. for Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the rabidly anti-Semitic, pro-terrorist Muslim Brotherhood theologian. Ali is also a member of the Foreign Office’s Engaging with the Islamic World Group and has been accused of promoting the Brotherhood.

The ignorance of the British government is so strong that then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown attended an event by a charity tied to Hamas called Muslim Aid, which Brown heaped praise upon. It was well-known that the charity sends money to the Islamic University of Gaza, which is operated by Hamas, and the al-Ihan Charitable Society that acts as a front for Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Muslim Aid is also part of an umbrella organization led by the aforementioned al-Qaradawi and has given money to at least six other Hamas fronts.

The British government has also made the mistake of using Muslim Brotherhood-connected groups like the Muslim Council of Britain to manage relations with the Musllim community. The government suspended its engagement with the organization in March 2009 after the deputy-director general signed a letter calling for attacks against any warships assisting the blockade of the Gaza Strip and urged the “Islamic nation” to “carry on with the jihad and resistance against the occupier until the liberation of all Palestine.”

Taxpayer money has even been given to these fake moderates. The Centre for Social Cohesion has reported that $80,000 was given to the Muslim Welfare House, a member of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, an umbrella organization often viewed as a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood. The think tank writes that three of the Muslim Welfare House’s directors also served as directors of the Muslim Association of Britain and one verbally supported Hamas.

The top-down approach by the Islamists is matched by a bottom-up strategy of political infiltration. The recently-elected executive mayor of Tower Hamlets, a borough of London, is closely tied to the Islamic Forum of Europe, an organization which undercover journalists have found to be dedicated to establishing Sharia law through the taking over of institutions. Mayor Lutfur Rahman has used his position to insert Islamist texts into libraries, appoint associates of the Islamic Forum of Europe to senior positions and distributed taxpayer money to groups tied to the IFE. Moderate Muslims have also complained about his actions in marginalizing them. A study by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center likewise concluded that Hamas had “infiltrate[d] British politics, media and universities.”

The hostility towards the British government by the Muslim community can lead to a lack of assimilation and if the rest of Europe is any indication, the slow dissolution of the state. France has 751 “Sensitive Urban Zones” that are populated by Muslim immigrants that are so hostile to the state that law enforcement doesn’t exercise effective control. These are the areas that exploded in the aftermath of the publication of the Prophet Mohammed cartoons and have since been the scene of large riots in response to law enforcement actions, with the latest happening in July. Greece has also seen similar riots, particularly in May 2009 after a police officer was said to have desecrated a Koran.

This trend may be coming to the United Kingdom. Radical Islamic gangs whose members openly aspire to become suicide bombers have formed and the British government has begun listing certain “ethnic minority communities” as areas where military personnel are told not to where their uniforms.

The diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks brings attention to a serious problem in Britain. The government must be more aggressive in magnifying the voices of genuine moderates who challenge the Islamist ideology, such as the Quilliam Foundation and Dr. Taj Hargery who publicly laments the Wahhabist domination of Islamic institutions. He has called multiculturalism “the biggest disaster to happen to Britain since World War II.” “It has given the extremist mullahs the green light for radicalism and segregation. We have, we must, adjust to British society,” he preaches.

The British government has stumbled in its outreach to the Muslim community because it has chosen to appease, rather than undermine, the groups guilty of anti-Western agitation. Their powerful voice and smooth talking have led the government to erroneously view them as the gatekeepers to the Muslim community that must be won over. One of the greatest weapons the Islamists have today is the ignorance of the Western governments.

  • sflbib

    "…Muslim leaders attributed homegrown extremism to British foreign policy, using the problem to vindicate their political views."

    Ah, the ubiquitous foreign policy excuse to do violence. They never say what it is about the infidel's foreign policy, and it never occurs to them that it is not their call to judge that policy but the governments of Muslim nations affected.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The U.K., like the U.S., has been courting extremists in moderate clothing as part of its outreach and has failed to stop Islamist trends in the country as a result.

    The only moderate Muhammadans are either self-proclaimed moderate Muhammadans that aren’t moderate at all, or Muhammadan reformers like Raheel Raza, Dr. Zudhi Jasser, and the lesbian Irshad Manji that every devout Muhammadan in the world considers as being apostates that should be executed. In other words, moderate Muhammadans, which are purported to comprise by far the vast overwhelming majority of the world’s Muhammadans today by multicultural enthusiast and the lamestream media, is a myth.

    You see the reality is Islam is not a religion but instead a militant theo-political totalitarian ideology like Communism that seeks world domination. Hence, like Communism wasn’t a peaceful totalitarian ideology being hijacked by a tiny minority of radicals and extremists, Islam also isn’t a religion of peace being hijacked by a tiny minority of radicals and extremists, because Islam like Communism is a totalitarian ideology that seeks world domination but because it is mixed with a tad of religion it is a particularly toxic brew.

    Just like in Communism there were no moderate Communists, in Islam there are no moderate Muhammadans, only apostates from Islam that must be executed, like dissidents from communism that were summarily executed or otherwise sent off to Soviet gulags in Siberia where they were worked to death as slave labor.

    Hence, in the 20th century the West’s stand against Communism was called the Cold War, the global jihad being waged by Islamic civilization against the West is the Cold War of the 21st century. Thus, just like during the Cold War of the 20th century we didn’t let millions of communists immigrate in mass to the West because that would have been suicidal. Today, we should also not let Muhammadans immigrate to the West in mass because it is likewise suicidal.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The British government is also at fault, as its ignorance of who it embraces has sidelined moderates and empowered those with the views it seeks to combat.

    Moderate Muslims have also complained about his actions in marginalizing them.

    The government must be more aggressive in magnifying the voices of genuine moderates who challenge the Islamist ideology, such as the Quilliam Foundation and Dr. Taj Hargery who publicly laments the Wahhabist domination of Islamic institutions.

    Again, the idea that there are moderate Muhammadans is an unhinged myth. Those so-called imaginary moderates that he is referring to are in fact apostates that according to devout Muhammadans must be executed. Indeed, any Muhammadans that embrace and adopt Western liberal pluralistic values in the eyes of devout Muhammadans are not so-called moderates, but instead apostates guilty of blasphemy that must be executed, since in stark contrast to faith-based religions the freedom of conscience in Islam is strictly forbidden and punished under the penalty of death, as Muhammadans are the slave of Allah that must submit to his will. Indeed, the word Islam in Arabic doesn’t mean peace as is often popularly propagandized, but instead submission.

    Whoever devised the political correct terminology by which the world uses today to classify the world’s Muhammadans as either being moderates or extremists was completely incompetent? Besides being exceedingly racist, that terminology is also utterly absurd, yet thanks to the lamestream media it is the predominant paradigm in which much of the non-Islamic world views Islamic society today, even while it is the only society that is singled out and so classified in such an ugly and extremely racist manner, and the fact that it is incredibly racist seems to be lost on the preponderance of people around the world.

    Indeed, we don’t classify Euroloons as being moderates and extremists, or communists as being moderates and extremists, or Indians as being moderates and extremists, or Hispanics as being radicals and extremists, or Orientals as being moderates and extremists? Only with respect to Islam and Muhammadans do we resort to such sheer utter nonsense.

    The fact of the matter is Islamic society is a very retrograde society that seeks to subjugate the world and transport it back in time to the seventh century, and as such it should be shunned and ostracized by the rest of the world. The last thing we should be doing is embracing mass Muhammadan immigration in a multicultural utopian fantasy.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The ignorance of the British government is so strong that then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown attended an event by a charity tied to Hamas called Muslim Aid, which Brown heaped praise upon.

    One of the biggest reasons why the Brits can’t come to grips with their unassimilated Muhammadan population is because British political elites and much of British society as a whole are ideologically married to the myth that Israeli Jews are the brutal oppressors of the so-called repressed Palestinians people. In other words, it is obsessive Jew hatred and rampant anti-Semitism that leads to the blindness of much of British society with respect to the threat and risk that Islam and mass Muhammadan immigration poses. Indeed, vilifying and demonizing Israel to incite violence and hatred against Jews is a blood sport endemic to British society that the Muhammadans have very skillfully exploited to their own ends.

  • badaboo

    Gee , did anyone need a wikileak to figure this one out ???

  • dawning

    A productive relationship CANNOT be established with islam…EVER

  • ViewPoint

    It may be that the concerning circumstances and devastating consequences in Britain have been precisely calculated and ultimately achieved. Could it be that Muslims are being used as pawns, cannon fodder to bring about their desired result?

    It was reported that an alarming and proportionally high 10% of Britons are Satanists… this is a critical mass of 5-6 million out-of-the-closet, practicing, proud Satanists. The number of British closet-Satanists is reasonably believed to be much larger. With this many active Satanists in one concentrated place, is it any wonder that utter malevolence in Britain reigns and is in a spiraling descent straight to hell? How many nations will be pulled down with them? Is the U.N.'s Quartet member Tony Blair leading the descent?

  • posse101

    soon coming to a main street near you.

  • phoenix

    Why are we voting to keep the current politicians in power?
    They are the real enemy.
    We need a government that will fight fire with fire.
    If the British government and media stigmatise a party, for the sake of our country we need to vote for that party.
    There is no salvation in pacification, Hitler proved that one for us.

  • BUTSeriously

    Foolosh to think Britain was naive or ill-informed what outcome from Muslims. Britain is the world's most anti-semitic state: corrupter of the Balfour – the worst post-W.W.II crime of all. Britian is getting her just rewards – Britainistan is happening, using the same weapons they planned for Israel. And those who curse you…and all that jazz.

  • Mr Humanus Wright

    Have you got any information regarding the use of remote, non-passive, non-invasive inner ear cochlea sound transmission via either the ultrasonic hearing effect (or hypersonic effect), or the microwave auditory effect (or microwave hearing effect or Frey effect), incorporating hybrid carrier wave sound (or overlay sound) propagation using ambient and subliminal sound techniques? Possible uses could be non-lethal weaponry, psychological warfare or private message transmission.

    Query is regarding the increased use of remote, non-invasive, non-passive, non-lethal military weapons, being used by security agencies, as well as in the UK, in the 'surveillance war against terror', against political dissidence, political activism and public demonstrations! They are being used along side more traditional remote, passive, covert full intrusive surveillance methods, and other abuses of RIPA.

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  • Mr Humanus Wright

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    These include the use of 'under the radar' remote non-invasive, non-passive weaponised instruments that shoot intense radiations and emissions (ionizing or non-ionizing), to target individuals from nearby properties and vehicles, to cause a detrimental effect to their neurological and physiological well-being; surveillance war in an urban environment.

    There are serious human-rights & civil-liberties issues at stake with this kind of growing urban warfare, being rolled out in the UK since at least 2007. The legal issues regarding the use of suspect radioactive isotopes outside controlled laboratory environments, and the violation of 'The Radioactive Substances Act 1993 – Prohibition of use of radioactive material without registration' now known as 'The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010' are a blatant disregard and abuse to our freedoms and liberties.

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  • Mr Humanus Wright

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    There maybe growing evidence that the security services have diversified their tactics, and are using 'local instruments of government' (particularly the 'NHS' – Over 2,000 organisations in England and Wales, including hospitals, research organisations, radiographers and process industries, use radioactive materials!) as a front and illegal loop-hole to allow them to orchestrate acts equatable to torture and interrogation within the UK.

    To isolate and identify the exact legal & technical definitions of these illegal, unlicensed, non-passive, non-lethal military weapons being used within the UK is nearly impossible, so that the correct 'Freedom of information Requests' can be made to the relevant non-/governmental institutions!

    Regards, Mr Humanus Wright