An old Soviet joke is required in order to introduce this topic. Some of our readers are old enough to remember the context of this joke; it is the funniest Soviet joke I know of:
It seems that Stalin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev were riding on a train. Suddenly, out in the middle of nowhere, the train inexplicably stopped.
After a few minutes of fidgeting, Stalin stood up and left the compartment. He returned after a while and said, “Problem is solved. Engineer has been shot.”
Still the train did not move. After a few more minutes, Khrushchev stood up and left the compartment. When he returned, he said, “Problem is solved. Engineer has been posthumously rehabilitated.”
And still the train did not move. Finally Brezhnev stood up, pulled down the window shade, and said, “Problem is solved. Train is moving.”
In the UK, as far as the spread of terrorist ideology through radical mosques is concerned, the train is moving.
Here’s the latest evidence. Most of our readers will remember the Undercover Mosque report aired by Channel 4 in Britain last January. The diligent and courageous efforts of Channel 4’s reporters exposed the alarming truth about the Multicultural utopia that now reigns in the UK. Various imams and preachers in some of the most prominent mosques were secretly captured on video advocating sedition and calling for the overthrow of the secular state.
So what has been the reaction of British law enforcement? To use the full force of state power to target the radical imams, right?
Well, not quite.
According to this report in the Daily Mail, it’s time to crack down on Channel 4:
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Police accuse Channel 4 of distorting film on radical Muslim preachers
Police investigating allegations of Islamic extremism arising from a Channel 4 documentary have instead turned on the broadcaster, accusing it of “distorting” Muslim preachers’ speeches.
Channel 4 has been reported to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom for “heavily editing” the words of Islamic imams to give them more sinister meaning in Dispatches: Undercover Mosque.
The official complaint by police is all the more remarkable because officers were originally focusing on whether the sermons of three of the preachers shown merited prosecution for inciting terrorism or racial hatred.
West Midlands Police launched an eight-month inquiry after the programme’s secret filming depicted radical preachers at British mosques calling for the West to be “taken over” by Muslims.
One was shown glorying in the Taliban’s murder of British Muslim soldier Jabron Hashmi in Afghanistan, saying: “The hero of Islam is the one who separated his head from his shoulders.”
But officers soon began to suggest that Channel 4 itself should be prosecuted for inciting racial hatred.
A police force has made a formal complaint to Ofcom about the editing of ‘Undercover mosque’
The police and Crown Prosecution Service jointly announced there was no likelihood of successfully prosecuting either party.
The CPS’s reviewing lawyer, Bethan David, said the imams’ speeches had been “completely distorted”.
As I have often said of late, the only explanation for this kind of behavior is mass insanity.
Channel 4 thinks the complaint will be found to be without merit, but I’m not so sure.
Last night, Channel 4, which claims the documentary revealed “chilling” messages of “hatred and segregation”, insisted it was confident Ofcom would reject the ‘extraordinary’ complaint.
The commissioning editor for Dispatches, Kevin Sutcliffe, said: “West Midlands Police have produced no evidence to support their claims.
“The comments made in the film speak for themselves — several speakers were clearly shown making abhorrent and extreme comments.
“All the speakers were offered a right to reply and none denied making these comments.”
Britain’s radical preachers don’t see what all the fuss is all about.
But Abu Usama, a preacher featured in the programme, told Channel 4 News: “I feel that they should indict the people at Channel 4, the people who put forward this Dispatches programme.
“It has been established and proven that they are trying to undermine the cohesion of the community.”
In the film, Mr Usama was shown saying Muslims could not co-exist with non-Muslims.
But he said: “That had nothing to do with inciting or encouraging people to go out and harm anyone; it had everything to do with Muslims holding on to their religion and being proud about their religion.”
He said footage of him calling women “deficient” and homosexuals “dogs who should be murdered” were “misconstrued and taken out of context”.
I watched the whole documentary, and the continuous incriminating sequences were quite lengthy.
That must have been some “context”.
Hat tips: JS and ST.