by Samuel Westrop:
The individuals attached to the radicalization of the Woolwich killers were not unabashed advocates of terrorism, but so-called “soft Islamists” – afforded money and responsibility by the government in the vain hope that “non-violent” extremists would temper the more visible consequences of violent extremists. In truth, “moderate” Islamism seems to act as a “conveyor belt” to violent Islamism.
The greatest obstacle remains the failure of government, media and academia to accept that some “moderate” Islamists are frequently the cause, and Adebowale merely the symptom.
The progression from being a radical to being a terrorist has been referred to as the extremism “conveyor belt.” Although the government has acknowledged the fundamental role of so-called “non-violent” or “soft Islamist” extremists in this progression, taxpayers continue to fund extremist groups.
Michael Adebowale, one of the two British jihadists found guilty of murdering soldier Lee Rigby near London’s Woolwich barracks in May 2013, has recently attributed his radicalization to Islamic preacher Sheikh Khalid Yasin.
According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Adebowale, who refused to give evidence during his trial, stated that he converted to Islam after listening to cleric Sheikh Khalid Yasin’s lectures, which he said taught him “the purpose of life.”
Yasin, an American-born Islamic preacher, claims Christians and Jews are “kuffar” [infidels] and their beliefs are “filth.” Yasin has called for the killing of homosexuals and claims that “Christian groups” have deliberately infected Africans with the AIDS virus. He further adds that the Koran gives men permission to beat women.
Adebowale is not the first violent extremist to name Yasin as his muse. In 2011, Khalid Yasin was invited by three men, later convicted of inciting terrorism, to address a meeting of young Muslims in Manchester.
While Yasin’s views are rejected by many, he is by no means a pariah figure. In February 2011, the BBC interviewed Yasin for a documentary on Dutch politician Geert Wilders. The program introduced the Sheikh as a “moderate” preacher “engaged in de-radicalising youth.”
It seems to be self-proclaimed “moderate” organizations and mosques that are involved in the radicalization of young Muslim men. In May 2013, The Daily Telegraph reported:
[Adebowale's] mother was advised by a neighbour to take him to the head of the Woolwich mosque for spiritual guidance. He was converted to Islam by the head Imam, and taken for weeks of “further training” at a centre near Cambridge. When he returned, however, he was even more “radicalised” and his mother could no longer “get through to him”.
In 2010, a Freedom of Information request revealed that, since 2007, the local Government had provided the very same Woolwich Mosque, also known as the Greenwich Islamic Centre, with a public grant of £62,500, supposedly to counteract violent extremism.
The media’s curious habit of separating extremist preachers from the very terrorists they appear to have inspired has previously been examined; journalists and politicians, however, seem unable to accept that some Islamist groups might say one thing in public but promote a very different thing behind closed doors.
The process of radicalization seems institutionalized within Britain’s leading “moderate” Islamist groups. Until the government chooses seriously to challenge the extremism promoted by these organizations, withdraws all public funding and puts a stop to the inclusion of “non-violent” extremists in the discussion of public policy, the “conveyor belt” will continue to release more and more radicalized youth onto the streets of British cities.
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