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The "Moderates" of Woolwich
by Samuel Westrop
None of the responses to the Woolwich murder of a soldier, by two Islamists who tried to cut off his head, was revelatory, except for a set of seemingly moderate and sincere statements from British Muslim groups.
While journalists such as Glenn Greenwald and politicians such as Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone claimed the murder was a result of Britain's foreign policy, the response from Muslim community groups was, encouragingly, condemnatory only of the killers.
The Muslim Council of Britain said, "This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly." The Muslim Association of Britain stated that they "deplored the horrific attack, murder and mutilation upon an off-duty soldier … They deserve punishment with the full force of the law."
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