Nos lo cuenta, Giraldus Cambrensis (Adrian Morgan) con el estilo típico de la casa: profusión de detalles y enlaces a las fuentes. No recuerdo haber leído la historia en la prensa, quizás lo considere demasiado enrevesado para seguirlo: How Britain Helps Hamas And The Muslim Brotherhood.
En resumen, el ministerio de exteriores británico ha estado promocionando a los “islamistas moderados” para evitar el reclutamiento de terroristas. Sin embargo, esto moderados son de por si suficientemente radicales. Entre ello esta el “líder espiritual” de los Hermanos musulmanes, el famoso Qaradawi, que considera un deber religioso de los musulmanes el secuestrar y asesinar a los invasores de Irak, o al ex secretario del Consejo Musulmán Británico (Iqbal Sacranie), al que han hecho Sir, y que no ha tenido empacho en decir que para Rushdie “la muerte sea quizás demasiado bueno”
Un topo empezó a filtrar documentos a la prensa, hasta que fue descubierto. Lo llevaron a juicio pero prefirieron abandonar el caso, para que los jefes no tuvieran que declarar sobre asuntos que en buena política serian considerados alta traición:
At the time, the source of these leaked documents was not named. Soon, there were enough of these for Martin Bright to have the bulk of them published by right-wing think tank The Policy Exchange. The mole who had supplied Bright other journalists with photocopies of documents was later exposed as Derek Pasquill (pictured), who was employed at the Foreign Office. At the end of January 2006, Derek Pasquill was arrested, and the supply of leaked documents from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office dried up.
Pasquill was charged In October 2007 with breaking the terms of Britain’s Official Secrets Act. Strangely, in January 2008, Pasquill’s trial at the Old Bailey was abruptly abandoned. The government’s prosecutor had admitted that internal documents by senior officials at the Foreign Office admitted that Pasquill’s leaks had not been harmful to British interests and had even led to a constructive debate. It seems that certain Labour politicians additionally did not want to be called to court to give evidence. After the court case was abandoned, Ppasquill said: «I am relieved I have now been completely vindicated in my actions exposing dangerous government policy and changing its priorities.»
The stories that Pasquill had leaked over a period of six months from 2005 – 2006 were shocking. Among Martin Bright’s anthology of leaked Foreign Office documents is one (page 37) from Angus McKee of the Foreign Office’s Middle East and North Africa department. McKee wrote: «Given that Islamist groups are often less corrupt than the generality of the societies in which they operate, consideration might be given to channelling aid resources through them, so long as sufficient transparency is achievable.»
Si tenéis mas interés sobre los documentos filtrados, en el último enlace tienen una antología.
Ojo a esto, me ha causado algo más que consternación. Un individuo de origen bangladeshí, de 25 años, al frente de un departamento del Foreing office. Juas:
Mockbul Ali comes from a Bangladeshi family. In 2005, when he wrote a memorandum advising that Qaradawi should return to Britain, he was only 25. He was then heading a department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office called the Engaging With the Islamic World Group (EIWG). In 2007, the EIWG group’s list of «priority» countries included Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia Syria, Indonesia, Philippines, Palestine and Nigeria. Originally, Bangladesh was top of the list, but in late 2006 the corruption of Islamists within its last government caused its democracy to be suspended.
Mockbul Ali himself has a past that should have rightfully excluded him from a senior post within the Foreign Office. Only a leftist government like Labour could put a fox in charge of a hen house. While a student at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, he belonged to the Union of Muslim Students, (UMS) a group that reprinted articles by Qaradawi.
Ali edited the UMS newspaper, which on one occasion praised the «heroic operation» of a Palestinian woman suicide bomber. In 2002 in Jerusalem, this «bride in the dress of martyrdom» had murdered two Israeli civilians in a supermarket. Mockbul Ali had caused Sharif Hasan al-Banna, president of UMS, to be sent to Islamic conferences in Indonesia and Nigeria, trips paid for by the UK taxpayer.
When on May 8, 2006 Conservative member of parliament Michael Gove tried to ask questions in parliament about how Mockbul Ali had been given such an influential position within the Foreign Office, he was fobbed off. (…)
Derek Pasquill claimed that: «I also became increasingly unhappy about the activities of Mockbul Ali, the FCO’s Islamic issues adviser. He had been seconded to Labour to work on the 2005 election campaign – something that raised eyebrows in the department. His relationship with the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, was thought to be close. Mockbul Ali had a habit of dismissing respected western academics as «orientalists» and had little time for civil servants. More seriously, he also described Islamist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its south Asian offshoot Jamaat-e-Islami as mainstream. This is, at the very least, a contentious assertion, as was his support for the radical Egyptian scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi and the Bangladeshi Islamist Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, both of whom had condoned violence.»
¡Y que la gente siga votando a la izquierda! Claro, que tampoco es que la derecha sea mucho mejor.