Headlines reflect a mixture of emotion, defiance and fear as leader writers strive to come to terms with yet another Islamist outrage
One story dominates the front pages, and many inside pages, of today’s national newspapers: the murderous attack in Tunisia. With 30 Britons among the dead, that is to be expected.
Amid the emotion and the fear, there is fact: 30 Brits are dead (Daily Mirror); Tunisia attack: police on alert amid fears UK toll will hit 30 (Guardian); “And still the death toll climbs” (i); Terror police on alert amid fears of UK attack (Times); and David Cameron: now the fightback begins (the Daily Telegraph’s report on an article written by the prime minister for the paper).
“Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a Pakistani theologian, recently issued a fatwa against suicide bombers, stating that they should be ostracised, not lauded as martyrs.
He has suggested that British Muslims hold a mass march for peace to protest against the terrorists and everything they stand for.
“Whether it’s through social media, Islamist forums or direct contact with hate preachers, IS’s poisonous ideology is inspiring too many British Muslims.
Home secretary Theresa May is right to demand that Muslim families report their children to the police if they fear that they’re becoming radicalised. It sounds brutal. But if they don’t, they risk becoming the parents not of oddballs intrigued by radicalisation, but of cold-blooded terrorists.”
“Contrary to the fashionable talk about ‘the vast majority’ of moderates, 40% of Muslims in Britain want to see sharia law formally established here while 30% of Muslim students on British university campuses desire a caliphate and think that killing in the name of Islam is justified.
Far from taking the fight to extremism our political class has allowed it to flourish. The vital work of our security forces has been undermined by human rights legislation and by anxiety about accusations of so-called Islamophobia.”
“If democracy fails or the economy craters in Tunisia, all that will remain of the Arab Spring will be war, autocracy and the obscenity of the so-called caliphate.
The only significant difference between north Africa before and after its experiment with plural government will be that the region is now an even more lethal incubator of extremism than it was.”
“It is a reason to stand by Tunis come what may. Its brave experiment with democracy is too important to fail.”
“Our world is effectively shrinking and, as our physical horizons are reduced, it is hard not to believe that our mental horizons will not suffer the same fate.”
“The terrorists’ version of Islam is a twisted distortion. Real Islam stresses hospitality. Tunisians have shown what that looks like when it is fortified with courage.”
“Confronting the bloodthirsty fascists of the so-called Islamic State requires bravery so we should cheer the Tunisians making a stand. So as we mourn, let us welcome a glimmer of hope – supporting those in north Africa and the Middle East, most of them Muslims, in the frontline against Islamist wickedness.”
“While the overwhelming majority of British Muslims abhor the terrorists – some in the Islamic community can do more to condemn and root out extremism.” Continue reading...