November 25, 2003


Singaporeís Lee Kuan Yew says Europeans donít understand and underestimate the threat of Islamist terror. And he rejects the idea -- festering in the minds of Pilger, Rall, Fisk, Adams, etc -- that being nice to militant Muslims is a safeguard against attacks:

'There is a shared fanatical zealousness among these different extremists around the world. Many Europeans think they can finesse the problem, that if they don't upset Muslim countries and treat Muslims well, the terrorists won't target them.'

But that is a fallacy, he said, bringing up the terror threat in South-east Asia as a case in point: 'Muslims have prospered here. But still, Muslim terrorism and militancy have infected them.'

He told Newsweek that both Singapore and Thailand had been targeted in recent years, even though neither had mistreated its Muslims.

He also criticises American tactics in dealing with terrorism:

'You must use force. But force will only deal with the tip of the problem. In killing the terrorists, you will only kill the worker bees.'

What is needed, he said, is to get at the 'queen bees' - the clerics who spread their twisted ideas of Islam, poisoning the minds of the young.

Like the guy the London Sun refers to as a hook-handed Muslim loudmouth.

Posted by Tim Blair at November 25, 2003 04:04 PM

Wise words indeed. Unfortunately Australia is far too laid-back in its attitude to terrorism and the teaching thereof.

Posted by: James Riley at November 25, 2003 at 05:23 PM

So since islam is a lay religion (no clergy 'twixt you and the cosmic thunderer) wtf is up with these 'clerics'? How did they BS their way into positions of theological authority over a religion that theoretically doesn't recognize their necessity? I fully expect to run into a Christian Science priest shortly...

Posted by: JSAllison at November 26, 2003 at 08:12 AM

Actually "loudmouth" is a very good description for them, understated yet meeting opprobiousness with opprobiousness.

Posted by: spacer8 at November 26, 2003 at 04:17 PM