Apologies for the delay in this, but I had been meaning for the last week to write more on Michael Gove's analysis of the terror threat we face. See my earlier entry for more on his confusion on this matter. I guess with the anniversary of 7/7 upcoming, it is going to be a busy week with this stuff.
Gove in his attempt to prove that it's not just Western pro-war countries that are being hit by 'Islamist violence', says:
Since the beginning of the 90s Islamist fighters have also targeted, among other nations, Indonesia, Pakistan, Israel, Qatar, Spain, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India, Australia and Kenya. Tourists, businessmen and travellers of almost every nationality have been victims of Islamist atrocities. Attacks have been planned, and terrorist cells established, in Germany, Italy and France as well as the United Kingdom and most of the Arab world. Nations with colonial traditions, and those which have never played the imperial game, countries which are Christian, Muslim or multi-confessional, nations which supported the Iraq war and those which opposed it, all have been visited by the shadow if Islamist violence.
Despite his protestation that bombings were carried out in all sorts of countries including Muslim ones like Indonesia and Turkey, in each case it is Western targets that were hit:
- Jordan - 3 American hotels: Radisson, Grand Hyatt, Days Inn
- Indonesia - Western tourists at Bali
- Qatar - a British man at a theatre was killed on 2nd anniversary of Iraq War
- Turkey - HSBC - UK bank
- India - US consulate in Calcutta
- Kenya - US embassies
It's a common attempted trick to say "the Muslim world is being targeted too" when in reality it is Westerners in the Muslim world being targeted - for reasons Gove is keen to avoid.