Opinion: Britons Must Unite, Not Let Terror Divide Communities

July 8, 2005

Source: The Telegraph


On July 8, 2005 The Telegraph ran an opinion piece by Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, on the London terrorist attacks. Sacranie writes, "Late yesterday morning at the offices of the Muslim Council of Britain we started to receive what was to be the first in a stream of several thousand e-mails each bearing the same message, in semi-literate English: 'Its now WAR on Muslims through out Britain.' Following the 9/11 atrocity in America, there had been a spate of violent assaults upon British Muslims. Many British Muslims have since been quite understandably concerned about what might happen if Muslim-led terrorist attacks took place on our very own shores. The coming days will tell if the terrorists calculated correctly in their aim of setting communities against each other. Meanwhile, all of us must unite in helping the police to capture these killers. We share a common determination that terror cannot be allowed to succeed. It is now the duty of all of us as Britons to be vigilant and actively support efforts to bring those responsible for yesterday's terrible crimes to justice."