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The TFT Guide to... The Muslim Terror Threat

24 September 2006

This week home secretary John Reid was heckled during a speech about targeting potential Muslim extremists, during which he told Muslim parents to watch out for signs that their children were developing extremist views. He was interrupted by Islamic activists who called him 'an enemy of Islam' and later waved signs saying 'You will pay', thus ensuring that everyone involved in the debacle emerged looking like a twat. So what's next in the 'debate' about young Muslims and extremism?


1) John Reid further engages with the Muslim community by implying that all Muslim youngsters could turn into brainwashed, bomb-carrying psychopaths if they 'fall in with the wrong crowd'.

2) Muslim parents given guidelines on how to spot that their children are developing extremist views. Signs include:

- Children reject Swingball as 'decadent'

- For their birthdays, boys ask for an Action Man and 72 Barbie dolls

- Playing 'doctors and victims'

3) The Islamic Human Rights Commission, which said that John Reid's demands were 'unrealistic and not demanded from any other community', makes the extremely valid point that it's wrong to target Muslims when trying to identify Muslim terrorists whose Muslim beliefs are part of the reason they want to blow things up to promote their hardline Muslim agenda.

4) Government reintroduces last year's national 'road shows' targeting fanaticism. All attendees get a goodie bag with a free biro and a balloon, while Bruno Brookes discourages extremism with a naff catchphrase: 'Drop da bomb!'

5) Muslim parents are told not to report suspicions about their children to the police, but instead talk to them. If this fails, suicide bombers to be 'grounded' and their pocket money withheld.

Ho ho: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1_d7LXfo6k&NR

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