Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Telegraph: Donald Trump is a gift to ISIL

The Telegraph: Donald Trump is a gift to ISIL

by Ed Husain

"After the attacks in Brussels, Trump claimed that Muslims are not reporting, "absolutely not reporting" the radicals in our midst to the authorities. Such is the ignorance from a man aiming for the US presidency. Where do I begin?

On a very basic level, extremists murder Muslims en masse. Isil and others don’t see them as proper Muslims, but apostates. By letting their actions define Islam, Trump and others prove their point.

Trump should also visit the headquarters of Britain’s intelligence services MI5 and MI6 or the Home Office. Those on the frontline of tracking down extremists are often Muslims.

Prayer rooms in both places are evidence of pious, observant European Muslims taking the fight to our enemies. Ask the CIA or FBI and they will confirm that their best resources are Muslims inside the organisations, and communities who handover culprits.

Remember the underpants bomber in Christmas 2009? It was his own father that reported his son to the US Embassy in Nigeria. He is not alone – many, many family members are vigilant of their children and in the UK, work with the government to de-radicalise their children."

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