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August 11, 2006
Bush provoking more hostilty against Muslims
The Muslim News is alarmed at the intemperate language used by US President George W Bush in increasing hatred towards Muslims by referring to terrorists as "Islamic fascists."
It was "a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation," Bush said in response to the latest alleged plot to carry out mid-air explosions of flights from the UK to the US.
"His comments implies that America is at war against Islam and Muslims," said editor of the Muslim News Ahmed Versi. "Bush is evoking that aspects of Islam are fascist and provoking more hostilities towards Muslims," he said.
"It is also not the first time that that US President has launched such a diatribe, when he describe the war against terrorism as a 'crusade' in the aftermath of
9/11 atrocities, implying that the war was between Christianity and Islam," Versi reminded.
According to a Gallup survey in the US on Thursday, four out of ten Americans already feel 'prejudiced' toward Muslims.
The Muslim News Editor suggested that Prime Minister Tony Blair should use his influence to temper Bush's language and prove that he is not a mere mouthpiece as many have claimed.
It had been noted that Home Secretary John Reid has been careful in rejecting suggestions that terrorism has anything to do with religion.
Meanwhile, Islamophobic attacks have already begun. An accelerant was poured through a door at the mosque and set on fire in Blacon, Chester. No one was injured.
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