Friday, April 25, 2008

British ex-jihadis form ranks for tolerance

In keeping with my theory that too much of news focuses on the negative, I wanted to post this story I found about positive efforts British Muslims are making to combat extremism. As much as outsiders can try to fight (either politically or physically) extremist ideologies, real change can only come from within the Muslim communities themselves. Here at least is a start:

They once plotted insurrection in Britain. Young, middle-class, and angry, they were the vanguard of a generation of disaffected Muslims that, at its most extreme, gave rise to the July 7, 2005, transportation bombers.

But now, in one of the most visible assaults on political Islam from within the British Muslim community, a network of ex-radicals launched on Tuesday a movement to fight the same ideology that they once worked to spread.

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1 comment:

Matt said...

that is really great to see, because, as you said, the only way true change is going to come is from within the community. We (or any other organization in favor of peace) can fight against the hatred as much as we want, but all that will do is breed more hatred- violence begets violence. Even though it is sometimes necessary, it is not the solution.