Rise of Islamophobia in Europe

:: People’s Time Online ::

Six days after the attacks of September 11 2001, when the steel and ashes of the Twin Towers in New York were not yet cold, George W. Bush, the US president, went to visit the Islamic Center of Washington DC to meet with Muslim leaders.

In one of his shortest, but most eloquent speeches, Mr Bush declared that “Islam is peace”. Flanked by bearded imams and a woman wearing a headscarf, he said: “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about … Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.”

Fast forward 15 years and it is difficult to imagine that, were Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) to pull off a terrorist “spectacular” on the US homeland, Donald Trump, the US President-elect, would speak with such equanimity.

 

People’s Time/MHR

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