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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Islamist Cleric Flees

"The British Government wants to show that they are on the side of justice and of truth, whereas in reality the real terrorists are the British regime, and even the British police, who have tried to divide the Muslim community into moderates and extremists, whereas this classification doesn't exist in Islam." These were the words spoken by Anjem Choudary, a militant Muslim cleric who has recently fled Britain to Lebanon. He was one of several Islamist clerics facing possible terrorist incitement charges. It is likely good news to Tony Blair who has been aggressively pursuing ways and means to arrest and possibly deport those who actively incite terrorist activity on British soil. The BBC had earlier reported that Anjem Choudary was receiving monthly welfare checks. He sought asylum in Britain after he was forced to leave Saudi Arabia for being a member of a banned organization there. He was granted "indefinite leave" to remain in Britain in 1985.

Needless to say, Tony Blair and the British government are doing the right thing by going after those who seek to reign terror through the spoken word. It is difficult to understand why Anjem Choudary would engage in sowing seeds of hatred in a country that for the past 20 years has supported and treated him humanely.