The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.
In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.
Chilling reading for Brits this morning in their London "Independent"Intelligence chiefs warn Blair of home-grown 'insurgency'
Intelligence chiefs are warning Tony Blair that Britain faces a full-blown Islamist insurgency, sustained by thousands of young Muslim men with military training now resident in this country.
The grim possibility that the two London attacks were not simply a sporadic terror campaign is being discussed at the highest levels in Whitehall. Fears of a third strike remain high this weekend, based on concrete evidence supplied by an intercepted text message and the interrogation of a terror suspect being held outside Britain, say US reports.
As police and the security services work to prevent another cell murdering civilians, attention is focusing on the pool of migrants to this country from the Horn of Africa and central Asia. MI5 is working to an estimate that more than 10,000 young men from these regions have had at least basic training in light weapons and military explosives.
The Brits are such a kind and tolerant people, but sometimes I really fear for them, that their tolerance will lead them to tolerate something that eventually destroys their tolerant society. Take the current debate about clamping down on foreign nationals who preach support here for terrorists and suicide bombers. Prime Minister Blair has proposed legislation to have them deported to their own country. Yet there is a vocal group here that says "Oh no, you can't do that, not if their own country is somewhere where they could be tortured".
Now I sometimes feel that I'm tempted to see everything in shades of grey. But there are some issues that are so black-and-white, they are "no-brainers".
- If you come from a country where you are likely to be tortured, then when you go as a Guest to another country, isn't it plain common sense to keep your head down and your mouth shut, rather than preach violence against your Hosts and risk getting kicked out?
- If your home government wants to torture you and another country grants you shelter, what sort of Guest are you if you advocate violence against your Host?
- Are the only people to be punished for advocating violence the ones who come from benign countries; are you to be immune if you come from a country with no human rights?
- Perhaps people who advocate terrorism, and governments that torture, deserve each other; indeed, they are a "marriage made in Hell".
The Brits do need to wake up that in this particular game of Cricket, they are not playing Australia. They are playing the Talibaan, who bowl with grenades and bat with AK47's.