UK Terror Tactics 'Create Unease'

November 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

The government's approach to terrorism is creating an atmosphere of suspicion and unease, the head of the Muslim Council of Britain has said.

Muhammad Abdul Bari told the Daily Telegraph the amount of debate relating to Muslims was disproportionate.

He cited Nazi Germany in the 1930s as an example of how people's minds could be poisoned against a community.

The Home Office said it would not allow terrorists to undermine the UK's long history of strong community relations.

Dr Bari's remarks follow recent comments from MI5 chief Jonathan Evans that there are 2,000 people living in the UK who pose a terrorism-related danger, and that youngsters aged 15 are being groomed to be suicide bombers.

Dr Bari told the paper: "There is a disproportionate amount of discussion surrounding us.

"The air is thick with suspicion and unease. It is not good for the Muslim community, it is not good for society."