The London Bombings and the British Muslim Community

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The Muslim Council of Britain today condemned last week's transit bombings in London and what it calls "the evil deeds [that] make victims of us all." The Council says it has spoken to Islamic community leaders in Leeds, calling for "concrete steps" to help solve the crimes and prevent future acts of "atrocity" and "murder." What now for the larger Islamic community, opposed to violence but fearful of backlash? Should they stay quiet or speak up about social isolation, the war in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? We ask British Muslims why apparently "normal" young men would attack the country where they were born and raised.
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Metropolitan Police Service on London terrorist attacks

Rotella's article on Egyptian bio-chemist tied to London bombings

Muslim Council of Britain

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Guardian's night-owl's guide to purchasing Potter



Warren Olney