Fighting the Enemy Within
In the House of Commons last Wednesday, I was conscious of taking a gamble by calling on Tony Blair, the British prime minister, to help Muslims deal with the issue of extremists within our midst. Some would no doubt say that, in doing so, we are accepting some degree of culpability for the evil we have spawned.The support Malik has received strongly suggests what many people outside Muslim communities have believed for some time: given the support of serious anti-incitement laws and the deportation of the preachers of hate, the overwhelmingly moderate Muslim community would feel empowered (ugly word) to clean its own house.Shahid Malik
And yes, I did fear a backlash from irate Muslims – but, in reality, I have been inundated with messages of support from all over the country, including from West Yorkshire where the suspected bombers lived. The Muslim community now realises it must unite in taking an unequivocal stance: we must confront as well as condemn.
Shahid Malik, MP, financial times