War on Terror

 

It’s not often that we get to report positive news when focusing on Islamism, but I think there are grounds for some cautious optimism today. The Security Service has lowered the threat level to ‘substantial’ – the lowest it’s been since the 7/7 terrorist attacks.

 

This Sunday the activities of the vicious Islamist group Hizb ut Tahrir (HT) will reach another milestone. Notably, the group will be holding its first public event in America, signalling its move towards a more open phase of activity in the United States.

 

ENGAGE, a website headed by Mohammed Ali Harrath, who is the subject of an Interpol red notice for alleged terrorist activity, was set up in order to supposedly monitor anti Muslim activity.  Yesterday, it launched an attack on a section of the British Ahmadiyya community.

Jailing the three Islamists who tried to burn down the home of Martyn Rinyja, the owner of publisher Gibson Square, the judge reminded them that there is no such thing in this country as ‘a la carte’ citizenship or obedience to the law of the land.

 

In late June the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) released a report entitled “Hamas: Ideological Rigidity and Political Flexibility”, an analysis of the ideological and political background of Hamas, and the question of whether they should be engaged with and brought into the mainstream political fold.

Quicksilver Films should win every prize for last night’s Dispatches on the Mumbai murders. The most disgusting aspect of what I saw and heard were the recorded telephone conversations of the gunmen with their controllers in Pakistan. The latter were offering tactical advice according to what they were viewing on television. One hopes the British counter-terrorism community is prepared for how to deal with such an eventuality.