Glasgow: First obligatory media report of feared anti-Muslim backlash spotted

The spotter being Jim Treacher, who deserves recognition for catching this the same way comets are named after the people who discover them. It was only a matter of time before it appeared in the media sky; Treach had his telescope pointed in the right place at the right time.

Muslim anger was directed at the terrorists — but also at a society some felt singles Muslims out for scrutiny whenever there is a terrorist attack.

“We are seething with anger about this,” said Osama Saeed, Scottish spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain.

“As a community not only are we just as likely to be victims as anyone else, but we are also looked to in order to provide direction and in some respects take responsibility for this,” he added.

“We are sick of being defined as a community by terrorism and having to answer for it.”

Formal recognition will also be awarded to the first person to spot a story about British Muslim groups justifying the attacks as a legitimate response to British foreign policy. Daily Kos posts don’t count. Neither does any statement that acknowledges that Adam Gadahn’s recent list of demands explicitly disavows the Iraq war as being a prime cause of AQ grievances. I wouldn’t worry too much about that, though. You won’t find one.

Here’s Hitchens this afternoon, not breaking any ground but always welcome nonetheless. The Vanity Fair column on Londonistan which he mentions can be found here; it’s well worth your time. As for his reference to “Underground Mosque”, I think he means “Undercover Mosque.” Well worth your time as well.


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