Yesterday I remarked about the ignorant remarks made by the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone. Today I was given new fodder to comment on.
“LONDON (Reuters) – Western foreign policy has fueled the Islamist radicalism behind the bomb attacks which killed more than 50 people in London, the British capital’s mayor Ken Livingstone said on Wednesday.”
I don’t deny that the colonialist efforts and aspirations of countries such as Britain has caused a tremendous problem within the Middle East, but neither do I allow it to be used as an excuse for the indiscriminate slaughter and violence we see from the radicals.
There are millions of people who have grown up under horrific circumstances that have not resorted to violence. And one of the things that we see with large numbers of the Al Qaeda members is that they are educated and from the middle class. They have not been oppressed, but Livingstone doesn’t comment on that.
“A lot of young people see the double standards, they see what happens in (U.S. detention camp) Guantanamo Bay, and they just think that there isn’t a just foreign policy,” he said.
Police say they believe there is a clear link between bin Laden’s al Qaeda network and the four British Muslims who blew up three underground trains and a double-decker bus on July 7.
“You’ve just had 80 years of Western intervention into predominantly Arab lands because of a Western need for oil. We’ve propped up unsavory governments, we’ve overthrown ones that we didn’t consider sympathetic,” Livingstone said.
“I think the particular problem we have at the moment is that in the 1980s … the Americans recruited and trained Osama bin Laden, taught him how to kill, to make bombs, and set him off to kill the Russians to drive them out of Afghanistan.”
Again I could point my finger right back at him and say that he could look to his fellow Brits and consider their actions but I am not going that route here. I think that there is a real issue when you make excuses for the actions of the murderers.
There is no doubt that there is anger and that some of it is justified, but there is still no justification for the barbarism that Livingstone apologizes for.