Not Saussure

September 21, 2006

The charming Mr Izzadeen

Filed under: civil liberties, Islam, UK, War on Terror — notsaussure @ 10:20 pm

Further and better particulars are available on the the jihadi formerly known as Trevor Brooks, the gent who disrupted John Reid’s speech yesterday warning Muslim parents that

These fanatics are looking to groom and brainwash children, including your children, for suicide bombings

The same parents might, of course, wonder what on earth Dr Reid is on about when he’s given himself powers to charge people with glorifying terrorism and heaven knows what else, but here’s Mr Izzadeen getting what seems to be a softer ride than did Walter Wolfgang last year.

Here’s the charming Mr Izzadeen, who apparently considers the 7/7 bombers ‘completely praiseworthy’, speaking in Birmingham earlier this month (warning: this may make you want to put your foot through the monitor).

Update: if you want more of him, he was on the Today programme this morning.

While I’m not encouraging Dr Reid to use his powers on Mr Izzadeen, I’d have thought he was a pretty obvious candidate for a prosecution, and I’d have thought some of Dr Reid’s audience might be forgiven for wondering why the government don’t do something about someone who seems to be exactly the sort of chap under whose influence Dr Reid was warning them their children might fall.

Angry though Mr Izzadeen’s comedy routine certainly made me when I watched it, I wouldn’t, I think, want him prosecuted, not least because ‘making me angry’ or ‘being a thoroughly unpleasant person’ shouldn’t, on balance, be arrestable offences per se. For all his bluster about how he’d like to be a suicide bomber, Mr Izzadeen has, of course, given himself the perfect excuse for declining the martyr’s crown or the 72 virgins (for further details of whom, see here — please; you may find it rather amusing) because he’s obviously given himself too high a profile for this sort of thing — as he no doubt explains, full of regret, when asked why he doesn’t put his money where his mouth is.

Better, to my mind, to have him ranting away, warning us that

I will do such things,–
What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be
The terrors of the earth.

and providing a handy locus where Special Branch may observe his audience’s comings and goings, in case any of them take him too seriously, and, of course, coming down like a ton of bricks, having collected sufficient evidence to convict them before a jury, on any who do.

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