Friday, July 15, 2005

Can't they just stick to soccer? 

This is not good:
Plans by an alliance of rightwing extremists and football hooligans to exact "revenge" on Muslims after last week's bomb attacks are being monitored by police.

The Guardian has learned that extremists are keen to cause widespread fear and injury with attacks on mosques and high-profile "anti-Muslim" events in the capital.

Football hooligans communicating over the internet have spoken of the need to put aside partisan support for teams and unite against Muslims. Hooligans from West Ham, Millwall, Crystal Palace and Arsenal are among those seeking to establish common cause...

As part of wider plans to generate a backlash, rightwing groups such as the Nationalist Alliance and the National Front are said to be planning marches. Extremists hope to hold a march along Victoria Embankment in London tomorrow.

It is also known that many mosques have received bomb threats since the attacks.

Attempts by the right to make capital out of the tragedy have created a powderkeg. Already extremist Islamist websites have told Muslims to be ready to retaliate.
British footballs hooligans making peace with each other is no more reason to celebrate than similar truces between LA's Bloods and Crips or New York's Mafia families. It's usually a sign that the wider community will get screwed instead. The last thing we need is for some morons to answer terrorism with terrorism.

If it was just the neo-Nazi thugs facing off Islamic extremists, like Henry Kissinger said about the Iraq-Iran war, it's a pity both sides can't lose.


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