In a speech today the Prime Minister Theresa May promised to step up the fight against Islamist terrorism, saying “enough is enough” and that there is “far too much tolerance of extremism” in the UK.
What Theresa May did not mention was that the report of an extensive investigation into the foreign funding and support of jihadi groups has still not been published 18 months after being commissioned by David Cameron when May was Home Secretary.
The report will probably never be published because it is understood that it makes clear the uncomfortable truths about Saudi Arabian funding for Islamist jihadis through it’s funding and backing of Wahhabism.
Oops, it’s that elephant again!
In July 2013, the European Parliament identified Wahhabism as the main source of global terrorism. Hardly news.
Funded and backed by both the Saudi rulers and powerful clergy, Wahhabism is exported via the creation of Saudi funded mosques, schools and charities across the world including the UK and Tower Hamlets.
Destroying Islam’s diversity
Globalised Wahhabism has destroyed much of Islam’s diversity as it favours an intolerant view of one of the world’s main faiths, and the Wahhabi brand of Islamic fundamentalism has become a key aspect of Islamic terrorism.
Since the 1970s the attempt to replace mainstream Sunni Islam with the harsh intolerance of Wahhabism has cost Saudi Arabia around £6 billion.
All of this is common knowledge for those people who take an interest in such things.
What remains secret is the precise detail of the Saudi funded terrorism and that is assumed to be within the report.
So when May says things have to change what she really means is that things have to change a bit. But not too much to embarrass powerful partners.
Much of the excessive tolerance of extremism she rightly condemns has been exhibited by successive Conservative, coalition and Labour governments.
No-one’s hands are clean.
We have deliberately avoided making any party political comments during the General Election campaign and the explanation above is not intended to be an attempt to sway your vote one way or another on Election Day.
But everyone in Wapping and most people in Tower Hamlets will at some time have visited Borough Market or taken a train through London Bridge. It could have been any one of us who became a victim. Next time it might be.
On listening and carefully reading the current Prime Ministers speech after Saturday evening’s attack LW felt it only right to point out some of the facts that led to the deaths in and around SE1.
LW has spent the last three years investigating the reality of Islamist militancy and extremism in Tower Hamlets (see links below) and can safely claim to have a reasonable amount of knowledge of the subject.
Our work was – and continues to be – on how the democratic process was hijacked then abandoned in a London borough and the very real risk that it will happen again.
The report into the foreign funding and support of jihadi groups commissioned by the last Prime Minister must be published by whoever is the next Prime Minister so that the ‘difficult conversations’ we need to have as a society can begin.
Saturday’s victims deserve that.
For More Information
- Theresa May says ‘enough is enough’ after seven killed in London Bridge attack (Guardian, London)
- Islamic extremism: The elephant in the room (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)
- What is Wahhabism? The reactionary branch of Islam from Saudi Arabia said to be ‘the main source of global terrorism’ (Daily Telegraph, London)
- Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism (New Statesman, London)
- How fundamental Islamists hijacked the East End of London Part 1
- How fundamental Islamists hijacked the East End of London Part 2