Yesterday, I wrote about the Islamic society of London Metropolitan University’s promotion of Salafi clerics who demand the execution of apostates and adulterers; the oppression of nonbelievers; the abuse of women and many other heinous crimes. What made this ISOC especially disturbing was its affection for ideologues of jihad. This has reached a climax today, when it shared this quote on its Facebook page…

“I feel that I am nine years old: seven-and-a-half years in the Afghan Jihad, one-and-a-half years in the Jihad in Palestine, and the rest of the years have no value…”

These are awful words. What is worse is that it is a quote from Abdullah Azzam, otherwise known as the Father of the Global Jihad. He was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who joined other followers of Sayyid Qutb in forming the Afghan Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Anyone who’s fond of him is fond of brutal, terroristic war that aims to establish the rule of the sharia.

The quote was “shared” from a Facebook group with the name “All honor is for Allah, His messenger, and the believers”. This is the cover image of that group…

Lions of Islam

That’s Bin Laden on the left, who is described elsewhere as a martyr; that’s Awlaki, second from right, who they call “beloved”; that’s Shamil Basayev in the centre, who claimed to have masterminded the Beslan school hostage crisis. These men, according to this group, are “Lions of Islam”.

Elsewhere on the page, we find this picture of dead British, Israeli and American soldiers…

Dead

A show of respect, you wonder? Don’t be silly. This is the quote that accompanies it…

Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and satisfy the breasts of a believing people.

Unpleasant as all this is, this is the most grotesque image that I could find on the group; so grotesque that I, with all of my bookish pretensions, could find no words to add to it…

Jihadists

This group, you will be unsurprised to hear, had been “liked” by the London Metropolitan University Islamic Society.

Imagine, if you will, that a right wing group was operating on a London campus. Imagine that among its “likes” were George Lincoln Rockwell, Stormfront and the Aryan Guard. Imagine that it invited David Duke and Richard Edmonds to speak to it. Imagine that it shared quotes from David Lane, and had pictures of kids in swastikas holding guns. If such a thing were real, the outcry would be tremendous. The university would be damned for enabling such extremists. What, then, is the difference here? What, Malcolm Gillies, Vice-Chancellor of London Met, is the difference here?

As for the rest of us, imagine that numerous right wing groups operating on British campuses had invited men like Duke and Edmonds. Imagine that leaders of these societies had been found to have advocated the execution of minorities and the establishment of a white nation. Imagine that the sole public statement on right wing extremism in universities had claimed that it was a “non-issue”. I suspect that I don’t need to spell out what I am getting at.

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