Charles is spotlighting an interview in which the editor of Al Jazeera blames Israel for literally all of the Muslim world’s problems as proof of why AJ should never be carried by an American cable company. The other side of that coin is the extent to which Islamic fundamentalists already have a platform in some western nations’ media. Case in point: Tony Blair delivered a momentous speech yesterday repudiating his party’s longstanding uncritical support for multiculturalism and demanding that immigrants do more to assimilate. The full text is here. The final paragraphs:
Our tolerance is part of what makes Britain, Britain. So conform to it; or don’t come here. We don’t want the hate-mongers, whatever their race, religion or creed. If you come here lawfully, we welcome you. If you are permitted to stay here permanently, you become an equal member of our community and become one of us. Then you, and all of us, who want to, can worship God in our own way, take pride in our different cultures after our own fashion, respect our distinctive histories according to our own traditions; but do so within a shared space of shared values in which we take no less pride and show no less respect.
The right to be different. The duty to integrate. That is what being British means. And neither racists nor extremists should be allowed to destroy it.
So whom did Sky News invite on shortly before the speech for color commentary? Jihadist dirtbag Azzam Tamimi, who told the ExpoIslamia convention this summer “we are Muslims in Europe, not European Muslims” and who was last seen on this site alleging that the UK airplane plot was a hoax. LGF has a lengthy archive on him; scroll down and you’ll see he’s appeared on the BBC and MSNBC (where Tucker Carlson has whacked him around), has been published in Time, and has been used as an expert on Islam by — guess who — the Associated Press. He’s identified as an “Islamic expert” in this clip, too. Watch as the interviewer treats him with utter credulity and lets pass without comment his statement that the London bombings wouldn’t have happened if Britain hadn’t invaded Iraq and Afghanistan.
And before you blame this on Britain’s liberal media, please note — Sky News is owned by Rupert Murdoch.
Thanks as always to kasper kasper for the clip.