This is a guest-post by Al-Qanaas Al-Masri
At the risk of sounding like Richard Littlejohn, sometimes you just can’t make it up. In response to the Guardian’s report on Saturday on how the government’s ‘Prevent’ counter-extremism programme is allegedly being used to spy on British Muslims, the British Muslim Initiative, a moribund Muslim Brotherhood front-group run by former Muslim Association of Britain spokesman Anas Al-Tikriti, briefly stirred into life in order to issue a single crazed press-release:
BMI president Muhammad Sawalha said, “This campaign of espionage is a hallmark of totalitarian societies. It is an unfortunate throw back to the Cold War years when spying was the order of the day.”
“We are deeply aggrieved that such measures should be adopted to target law-abiding citizens in a modern democracy”, he added.
The BMI recognizes in the government strategy a dark political undercurrent of hostility engineered by the Zionist, Islamophobe and Neo-Con alliance (ZINC).
The BMI calls on our government to scrap the discredited and wasteful Prevent programme and disassociate itself forthwith from the jaundiced advices of the anti-Muslim ZINC alliance.
I suppose I should really take issue with the irony of Muhammad Sawalha, a fugitive Hamas commander, characterising the UK as a “totalitarian society” or else draw Spittoon readers’ attention to the remarkable speed with which the BMI’s eagle-eyed activists detected the influence of “the Zionists” as being behind the Home Office’s domestic counter-extremism ‘Prevent’ policy.
Alternatively, I should perhaps observe that this underhand and grubby little press release, with its conspiratorial mutterings of “dark political undercurrents” which are (naturally) “engineered” by the “Zionists” and their co-conspirators, somewhat undermines Robert Lambert’s rosy depiction of Anas Al-Tikriti as “a well-known political activist” in Comment-Is-Free earlier today.
However, I am much more inclined to simply say: “Anti-Muslim ZINC alliance? The BMI should zinc before they zpeak!”