London, UK, December 8 – By blaming a "new and virulent form of
ideology" for causing violence and hampering community relations and
once again refusing to acknowledge the role of the disastrous war in
Iraq in causing violence and instability, it is apparent that today's
speech by Prime Minister Tony Blair concerning multiculturalism and
integration is yet another diversion. While Blair has continually
blamed violence on a "perversion of Islam", even his own senior Cabinet
officials have demanded a "significant reduction in the number and
intensity of the regional conflicts that fuel terror activity".
Commenting on the speech, Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "It is remarkable that this Prime Minister can speak of integration, cohesion and multiculturalism for over 25 minutes without mentioning the damage caused to community relations at his hands which are soiled with the blood of innocents in Iraq. By once again blaming 'ideology' and dismissing any notion that violence and instability are being caused by British foreign policy the Government has shown that it is more interested in attacking Islam than improving community relations. For Blair, integration means remaining silent over his foreign policy misadventures."
"All of the values that Blair talks of so proudly have been discredited through his policies – are these the same values that have led to the deaths of over 650,000 civilians in Iraq, the legitimisation of torture, rendition and detention without trial, the support for dictators and tyrants in the Muslim world and silence at Israel's brutality towards Palestinian children?"
"While Muslims in Britain have no problem with learning English and want good relations with wider society, a succession of ministers have dismissed Muslim concerns and made cheap, populist remarks, fuelling an anti-Muslim frenzy. The recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Trust rightly suggested that ministers could be accused of 'exploiting the politics of fear'."