Monday, August 22, 2005

Credit where credit is due

John Ware and the BBC did an excellent job on Panorama last night in "A Question of Leadership", a very critical look at the "moderate leaders" of Islam in Britain (Iqbal Sacranie, Muhamed Abdul Bari, etc) and the groups for which they are fronting. If you didn't see it, read the transcript.

It is worth noting that, in the section of the show about the Shabina Begum affair, Ware was critical of the Muslim Council of Britain for backing Begum and politicizing the issue, and he also pointed out that the government is currently planning on banning the radical group Hizb ut Thahrir, which was acting as an advisor to Begum. Unfortuantely Ware failed to mention who else was advising Begum, namely her lawyer, a woman named Cherie Booth. Booth, of course, is more famously known as the wife of Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Still, an interesting show and a much needed look at the so-called moderate Islamic leadership in the UK.


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