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Bin Laden Supporters vs. Patriots: A Tale of Two Extremisms in London

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Posted on May 7 2011 5:02 pm
Rob Taylor has a Master of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. He blogs at Greenville Dragnet.

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The British press is playing their usual game of moral equivalency in the wake of pro-Osama bin Laden rallies staged by Muslims across the world. The most notable of the protests were held in London, where the English Defence League organized a counter protest. Can you guess which group was painted as extremist?

From The Express:

HUNDREDS of Osama bin Laden supporters clashed with English Defence League extremists today as a “funeral service” for the assassinated terror leader sparked fury outside London’s US Embassy.

Police stepped in to separate the chanting groups amid threats of violence from both sides.

US leaders were branded “murderers” by radicals, who warned vengeance attacks were “guaranteed” and shouted: “USA, you will pay.”

The pro-bin Laden event was organised by controversial preacher Anjem Choudary.

So hundreds of Islamists holding a funeral for a mass murdering jihadi warlord are “supporters” being led by a “controversial” preacher who just happens to be an active recruiter for radical Islam. The counter protesters–celebrating the death of a truly evil enemy of all Western Civilization–are the extremists. But who’s really extreme here?

Choudary told reporters after the service that America had created a new generation of Islamic terrorists.

He said: “There will be one million Osamas. Muslims will remember Osama as a great man who stood up against Satan. Many will want to emulate his acts.

“In Britain we have other options – like political action, but in other countries if your land is attacked or your family are put at risk you must defend yourself.

We believe in the covenant of security that we must attack those we live with, but many do not.”

The group began their march from the Regents Park Mosque where they tried to recruit some of the thousands who prayed there.

Choudary said: “Who comes is who comes. I am happy if there was three of us. We would still have this demonstration.”

Abu Muaz, 28, from east London, added: “It is only a matter of time before another atrocity – the West is the enemy.”

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Meanwhile, EDL members chanted “USA, USA” as Muslims knelt to pray for bin Laden at the opposite end of the highly-secured embassy, in central London.

An ambulance was called to the scene amid reports that one of the extremists had been attacked.

Wow, that EDL sure is “extreme” compared to the jihadists who sent one of them to the hospital.

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