From the letters in today's Daily Telegraph
SIR – The Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford (Meco) utterly
condemns the loss of innocent life in Paris. The perpetrators have
besmirched the good name of Islam. Not only is their fanaticism
completely at odds with the teachings of the Holy Koran, but they seek
to heighten tensions between Muslims and those of other faiths.
For this reason, British Muslims must combat the poisonous ideology of
Isil. It is essential that its absurd theological propaganda,
championing a medieval concept of violent jihad, is exposed as totally
While the slaughter in Paris should be denounced
unreservedly, France and other ex-colonial Western nations must be held
accountable for their foreign policy in the Middle East. In recent
times, the US, Britain and France have all tried to reinforce Western
imperialism – first by their invasion and occupation of Iraq, then by
their illegitimate government change in Libya, and now by their
interference in the Syrian civil war. Such actions have alienated
Muslims and accelerated the emergence of Isil.
The only way out
of this cycle of murder and mayhem in the Middle East and Europe is a
two-fold strategy. First, Muslims must put their house in order by
tackling extremism while establishing true political democracy.
Secondly, Western powers must forgo their historic control of the riches
and resources of the Islamic world and deal with Muslims as respected
Dr Taj Hargey
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