Tuesday, May 17, 2005

UK Terror Suspect Extradited to US

British citizen Babar Ahmad is to be sent to the United States for trial, accused of "running a Web site that raised funds for Muslim militants in Afghanistan and Chechnya." Not terrorists, you understand, but militants.

Al-Reuters tells us that "Ahmad's cause has been taken up within Britain's 1.8 million strong Muslim community" and that "the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella group representing some 400 British Muslim associations, said it deplored the court decision."

Ahmad may or may not be innocent, a court will decide that, but it'd be good of the Muslim community in Britain to not automatically support someone accused of having terrorist ties- aren't they supposed to be against terrorism? If so, why are so many of these 1.8 million Muslims championing a man who may be funding terrorists? Is it because they're Islamic terrorists? Is it because Muslims in Britain really aren't opposed to terrorism of the Islamic flavour?

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