Government’s July 7 narrative avoids important questions
London, UK, May 11 – Today's publications of the reports by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) and the Home Office narrative of the July 7 bombings have failed to address many important questions. Despite calls from survivors, families of victims, members of the Home Office's Muslim Working Groups and others, the Home Secretary, John Reid today reiterated the government?s opposition to holding a public enquiry.
Dr Imran Waheed, a Media Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said, "The Muslim community has expressed clearly its condemnation of the July bombings and violence against innocent civilians. Unfortunately, part of the government's response has been to target that community, trying to silence political dissent through draconian new laws which will only increase alienation and disillusionment.
We ask: why do they refuse to hold a public inquiry? The government has once again buried its head, denying the effect of its foreign policy and intelligence failures by blaming 'radicalisation'.
We await recognition from the Prime Minister and others in the Cabinet, of the killing and terror they have unleashed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is not the actions of the Muslim community that has bred these individuals but rather Britain's colonialist foreign policy that creates frustration and anger.
The Muslim community would like to see solutions to these issues. Statements by leading politicians unfortunately still indicate that they are living in denial about the relationship between people's feelings and this government's policies abroad."