Saturday, 25 April 2009
How to tell I'm not a terrorist
We Muslims clearly need to help panicking police and border officials. Would a big tattoo help?
So it turns out that the 12 Muslims arrested two weeks ago – you know, the ones who, according to Gordon Brown, were planning a "very big terrorist plot" – were doing nothing of the sort. The arrests and subsequent release highlight how, in a time of heightened concern, anyone who is male and Muslim – and, even worse, happens to have Pakistani heritage – can get mistaken for a potential terrorist. It isn't just the police who have a problem telling the difference. The trouble is that it isn't obvious who is a benign, peace-loving Briton who happens to be Muslim, and who is a rage-filled Islamist intent on causing mayhem.