August 15, 2006, - 3:04 pm

3 Cheers for Lord Stevens: Former London Police Chief on Muslims

Lord John Stevens, the recently-retired Metropolitan Police Chief of London/Scotland Yard Chief, is my new hero. Here’s his common sense approach to Muslims in Great Britain (Michael Chertoff, U.S. Attorney , and , take note of what a REAL man–and REAL law enforcement–is like):

WHEN will the Muslims of Britain stand up to be counted?
When will they declare, loud and clear, with no qualifications or quibbles about Britain’s foreign policy, that Islamic terrorism is WRONG?

Most of all, when will the Muslim community in this country accept an absolute, undeniable, total truth: that Islamic terrorism is THEIR problem? THEY own it. And it is THEIR duty to face it and eradicate it.
To stop the denial, endless fudging and constant wailing that somehow it is everyone else’s problem and, if Islamic terrorism exists at all, they are somehow the main victims.
Because until that happens the problem will never be resolved. And there will be more 7/7s and, sometime in the future, another airplane plot will succeed with horrific loss of innocent life.
Equally important, those British politicians who have seemed obsessed with pandering to, and even encouraging, this state of denial, must throw off their politically-correct blinkers and recognise the same truth–that Muslim terrorism in Britain is the direct responsibility of British Muslims.
If only they would follow the lead of Home Secretary John Reid, whose tough, pragmatic, clear-sighted approach has been a breath of fresh air. Only then can they properly work out how to tackle it.
For instance, every airport in Britain is in chaos over the plane bomb-plot alert as every passenger is subjected to rigorous security checks. Why? They take lots of time, lots of staff, and are extremely expensive.
I’m a white 62-year-old 6ft 4ins suit-wearing ex-cop–I fly often, but do I really fit the profile of suicide bomber? Does the young mum with three tots? The gay couple, the rugby team, the middle-aged businessman?
No. But they are all getting exactly the same amount and devouring huge resources for no logical reason whatsoever. Yet the truth is Islamic terrorism in the West has been universally carried out by young Muslim men, usually of ethnic appearance, almost always travelling alone or in very small groups. A tiny percentage, I bet, of those delayed today have such characteristics.
This targeting of airport resources is called passenger profiling‚Äîthe Israelis invented it and they’ve got probably the safest airports and airlines in the world.
In all my years at the front line of fighting terrorism, one truth was always clear–communities beat terrorists, not governments or security forces. But communities can’t beat terrorism unless they have the will to do so. My heart sank this week as I saw and read the knee-jerk reaction of friends and neighbours of those arrested in this latest incident, insisting it was all a mistake and the anti-terrorist squad had the wrong people.
I have no idea whether those arrested are guilty or not. But neither have those friends and neighbours. They spoke as if it was inconceivable such a thing could happen in their community; that those arrested were all good Muslims; that Islam is a religion of peace so no Muslim could dream of planning such an act. . . .
Blasting a passenger airliner out of the sky, killing hundreds of innocent men, women and children, is NEVER acceptable. Under any circumstances. There is NEVER an excuse.
A terrible tragedy costing Muslim lives in Lebanon or Iraq or Afghanistan is never ever an excuse for terrorism here.
It is totally unacceptable, totally wrong. What one party perceives as a wrong, no matter how strongly they feel, does not, in turn, justify another wrong being done to avenge it.
And until every single member of the Muslim community believes that and preaches that–from an ordinary parent to imam or madrassa teacher–terrorism can’t be beaten. . . .
This must be combined with improved border controls, logging exactly who goes OUT of the country as well as who comes in should also be reconsidered, whatever the politically correct among us may say. . . .
Plainly, Muslim terrorism isn’t going away. We need to consider everything in our battle to defeat it. But that’s the responsibility of all.
Not least the community where, sadly for them, it is festering.

Three cheers for “The Stevens Plan.”
Thankfully, there are many members of law enforcement in America who agree with Lord Stevens. Unfortunately, they’re not the ones running the show.
Thanks to reader David T. for the tip.

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7 Responses

Made my day. Thanks!

Jeremiah on August 15, 2006 at 6:16 pm

Ok Debbie,
Now I’m going to have to make just a slight claim of Plagerism against Lord Stevens… Read my comment to your post yesterday regarding
(Dearbornistan Terror Boy w/Cellphones Not Exactly Down on Bin Laden)
You’ll see I stated most of those same sentiments a day ago. LOL
Maybe Lord Stevens is secretly reading your website.
Anyways, he’s a man who tells it like it is, so who can argue with that.

Bark'n on August 15, 2006 at 8:05 pm

instead now london has a muslim assistant police commissioner who parrots the muslim council of britain line, Tarique Ghaffur
“Mr Ghaffur said police had to be careful about the consequences for community relations when tackling terrorism.
“There is a very real danger that the counter-terrorism label is also being used by other law-enforcement agencies to the effect that there is a real risk of criminalising minority communities,” he said.
“The impact of this will be that, just at the time we need the confidence and trust of these communities, they may retreat inside themselves.”
He said the use of stop-and-search powers and so-called passenger profiling in the fight against terrorism tended to be based on physical appearance rather than actual intelligence. ”

sultan_knish on August 15, 2006 at 8:46 pm

If I could I would kiss Mr Steven’s feet. Very intelligent man. Thanks for posting this, Debbie.

Freudianslippers on August 15, 2006 at 10:42 pm

I thought you did great on Howard 101 last night. I stop everything to listen to you when you’re on Howard’s show. You never pull your punches and you name names! I worry about you for doing this but someone has to. You seem fearless. Don’t you ever worry?

skipmebden on August 15, 2006 at 11:49 pm

I would like to commend Lord John Stevens for one of the most forthright commentary/analyses regarding the internal islamofascist problem I’ve heard from any Brit or US public official yet,with a few exceptions. Certainly we have heard nothing comparable from the pandering, “girlie boys” we have running US homeland security and our federal law enforcement agencies.
HOWEVER he (Lord Stevens) fails to be forthright on one major factor in the problem,.i.e., there are virtually NO MODERATE MUSLIMS in the entire world. I’d wager that 99 out of every 100 freaking muslims WORLDWIDE rejoiced ecstatically on 911 and 7/7 at the thought of all the infidels being maimed and killed. Yep, 99 out of every 100 freaking muslims.
I’m sure Lord Stevens realizes this. However to acknowledge the fact would change the entire complexion of his speech and he’s probably not yet ready to give that speech.
The Aussies ALMOST gave the right speech a few months ago when they told the muslims to LEAVE if they were’nt happy with life in Australia. Needless to say the muslims in Australia,like muslims everywhere else in the non-muslim world, are not happy, but they aint leaving. They are there for one reason only, to stir up trouble and when the time is ripe make jihad. Why else all the hunting and gathering of cell phones except to use them to “trigger” IED’s on US soil and abroad.
The speech I would like to have heard from Stevens in Britain, Bush in Washington, Harper in Canada and Howard in Australia is something like the following: Islam is not a religion but a cruel, sadistic demonic cult and its practice on our soil is henceforth outlawed. All those wishing to continue the practice of islam as well as all those wishing to aid and abet the practice of islam (ACLU, etc) on our soil leave within the next 30 days or go to prison.
Those found practicing islam clandestinely on our soil will be charged, as enemy combatants out of uniform, with espionage, tried by military tribunal and when convicted will face penalties ranging from 20 years to death by firing squad.
I think a policy statement of this type followed by rigorous enforcement would result in a dramatic shift in momentum in the WOT.

joesixpack31 on August 16, 2006 at 3:13 am

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