Britain’s Deal with the Devil

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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This is a screengrab from an agreement between the British government and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. It was signed in September but was barely reported on. On 7 February 2013 Baroness Warsi addressed the organisations summit in Cairo:

“I know that the OIC has for many years been concerned about the scourge of Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim hatred, and other hate speech…I am also deeply concerned about this issue.”

Its ‘concern about this issue’ has manifested itself in an attempt to establish a worldwide blasphemy law. The OIC has 57 member states, making it the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations. It is headquartered in Saudi Arabia. It was established in 1969 and it is hard to discern why William Hague now deems it appropriate to establish a relationship with such an organization after so many decades of appropriate neglect. Britain has now appointed Mohammed Shokat as UK Special Representative to the OIC.

In 2011 the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning religious intolerance but this certainly is not enough for a group whose goal is clearly a blasphemy law.
Al Arabiya reports:

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said the international community should “come out of hiding from behind the excuse of freedom of expression”, a reference to Western arguments against a universal blasphemy law that the OIC has sought for over a decade.

Sayeeda Warsi became the first British Minister to address an OIC annual conference in June 2011. Warsi tweeted that we have a ‘shared interest’ in ‘human rights’. The Cairo Declaration (the OIC’s Islamic alternative to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) makes it clear that the OIC’s interpretation of human rights is sharia law.

Warsi:

“This agreement is another significant step in strengthening the vital relationship between the UK and the OIC. When I addressed the OIC Conference in Kazakhstan in June 2011, I said we face the global challenges together. This agreement formalises that establishing our many, many areas of co-operation, from security to conflict prevention; from religious freedom to human rights. One of the central aims of my new role will be to strengthen this relationship further and I am looking forward to ensuring we continue to work closely to achieve our mutual goals.”

Britain and the OIC have no mutual goals. The Conservative government are deranged to think otherwise. In fact as the document makes clear, the ‘cooperation’ is wholly one-sided: The UK Department for International Development aiding the OIC. The European Union is already the largest donor to the Palestinians yet Britian now agrees to focus on the ‘sustainable development’ of the Palestinian territories.

For reasons of economic necessity it is inevitable that we will have relations with some deeply reactionary regimes but we should not seek to legitimize their global totalitarian agenda.

This is what we are legitimizing.

a mentally disturbed Muslim man, arrested for blasphemy in the Punjab city of Bahawalpur, was dragged out of the police station by a crowd of 2,000 and set on fire.

There remains only a small literature on the OIC. Bat Ye’or has written two books that focus on this topic: Europe, Globalization, and the Coming of the Universal Caliphate (2011) and Eurabia (2005). While Eurabia recieved a positive blurb from the great historian Niall Ferguson, I found both books extensively referred to the authors own previous works (works which in turn refer to more of her own writing!). While neither book is entirely without use, they do not come recommended.

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