Daniel Pipes, a sane voice on the whole Middle East debate and on Muslims, in a recent post “The Next London Bombing” on his blog, had this excerpt from the government’s report and a comment from himself that is quite telling:
Intelligence indicates that the number of British Muslims actively engaged in terrorist activity, whether at home or abroad or supporting such activity, is extremely small and estimated at less than 1% (pdf 2, p. 9).
If one accepts the report’s estimate (pdf 2, p. 5) that the Muslim population of Great Britain numbers 1.6 million, then up to 16,000 “British Muslims actively engaged in terrorist activity.”
“Extremely small”? Excuse me, but that number strikes me as an extremely large.
That the British authorities do not recognize that they should worry about thousands of terrorists in their midst is reason to worry what planet they inhabit. Their waffling, myopia, and general incompetence make one despair for their country.
This same problem exists in most other countries with decent size populations. Mr Pipes does see part of the truth concerning Islam, but does not understand that the extremist ‘fundamentalist’ Muslim is actually a true Muslim according to the Koran.