Writer Carol Gould tells the story
:Just before going back to the USA after five months in the UK I attended the ‘Global Peace and Unity’ Conference at London’s Excel Centre presented by the new Islam Channel and sponsored by Emirates Airlines, Western Union (hmm??) and the Metropolitan Police. It was advertised as a diverse event to which non-Muslims were invited and the impression one got from the website was of a celebration of Middle Eastern culture, food, music and children’s activities in a London milieu. To my utter horror -- and I should have written this report two days ago but my physical and emotional shock have rendered me nearly inert -- it was a seven-hour call to Jihad by a succession of ranting and shouting rabble-rousers. The eminent barrister Michael Mansfield QC, wearing black and white keffiyah scarf, shouted into the mike about the heinous crimes of the Western coalition countries. The crowd chanted and thundered its appreciation. The terrifying demagogue George Galloway ascended the podium and exhorted the crowd to stand up for the redemption of the oppressed Muslim world or else the nation had better get ready for ‘rioting in every street in Britain.’ The ‘slaughter in Palestine and Iraq’ being only part of the equation, Chechnya, Bosnia and Kashmir were also mentioned all day by every speaker including a crazed, chador-clad Yvonne Ridley, who at any moment I expected to self-immolate, such was her fury at the Zionists, the Americans and her fellow Britons. To my utter disbelief, she condemned the British police force as some form of fascist brigade in ‘jackboot Britain.’ To all of these exhortations came cries of ‘Alllahu Akhbar’ from the enormous, simmering crowd of what looked to me like the angriest gathering of young men and women with whom I have ever had the misfortune to be seated in my lifetime. It must be noted for non-British and non-Commonwealth readers that legendary cricketer Imran Khan’s arrival from Pakistan to give a speech would be the equivalent of a sporting megastar doing similar in an American arena. The crowd of some 20,000 adoring, mostly young British Muslims went mad with joy when he ascended the stage and took to the dais. What followed was a stream of invective about his own leader, Parvez Musharraf, Egypt’s leader Hosni Mubarak, and of course the ‘axis of evil’ Bush, Blair and allies. (It must be noted here that in May, when the controversy arose about American soldiers allegedly flushing a Koran down a lavatory, Khan’s power over world Islam was such that he gave one short speech and riots ensued across the globe, including the horrifying flag-burnings in London’s Grosvenor Square. ) Khan actually said we should feel the degradation of modern Muslims in the context of Hitler and the Germans after Versailles. He used this example to accentuate the reason for ‘Muslim rage’ -- there was poor Germany belittled and humiliated, like the Muslim world today. He recounted being confronted by a fellow Pakistani after 9/11 who asked, ‘Do you not feel ashamed?’ and he told the adoring crowd he did not see what there was to be ashamed of, and anyway, 9/11 was an excuse for the criminal Washington neocons to start a New Crusade against Islam.
For me, reading this article ranks right up there with the 23 days of massive rioting, in over 300 French cities, as the most frightening development in Europe since World War II.
This rally is the equivalent of Hitler's 1927 Nuremberg Rally. The chants of "Allahu Akbar," which resounded here, are the equivalent of the chants of "Heil Hitler" which greeted Hitler's every incendiary proclamation.
The citation of Treaty of Versailles should only drive the point home. Once again, our enemies have told us the truth. They identify with Hitler and Germany, not with the great tradition of Western Civilization.
Let us thank them for telling us the truth, and let's get on with business. These people need to be shown the door. There is no compromise with Hitlerian ideology.
Let us acknowledge the truth. In Bosnia, Western armies, led by the United States, defended Muslims against genocide initiated by Milosevic. And yet, the Muslims at this conference find Bosnia to be a valid reason to resent Western Civilization.
In Kasmir, Muslims are trying to steal land, which has traditionally belonged to the Hindus of India. And yet, the Muslims of Britain find their lack of success, in such theft, a reason to resent Western Civilization.
In Chechneya, Muslims are trying to steal land which has belonged to Russia for decades, and was never Muslim land, and yet the Muslims of Britain find this to be yet another reason to resent Western Civilization.
Let us acknowledge that their demands are in the tradition of Hilter. Their appeal to resentment is in the tradition of Hitler. And they have made it abundantly clear that this is so, by citing Hilter and the treaty of Versailles itself.
There is nothing opaque here. We are being greeted by the new Nazis of Europe. Let us acknowledge the truth which is staring us in the face.
(Cross-posted at CUANAS)