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Monday, 7 February 2011

Janus the Chameleon Cameron’s Pronouncements on Islam

Chameleon Cameron’s Pronouncements on Islam

Treacherous Tory leader David Cameron has called upon Muslims to “embrace our British values” just 44 months after telling voters exactly the opposite, namely that British people “need to integrate more” with the Muslim way of life.
In addition, Mr Cameron claimed that there was a difference between Islam and Islamism, even though in an earlier policy statement, he warned directly against making that distinction because, he said, it “plays into the extremists’ hands.”
In an article which appeared in the Observer newspaper in May 2007 titled “What I learnt from my stay with a Muslim family,” Mr Cameron wrote: “Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around.
“If we want to remind ourselves of British values — hospitality, tolerance and generosity to name just three — there are plenty of British Muslims ready to show us what those things really mean,” the Tory leader wrote.
In his latest remarks, made over the past weekend, Mr Cameron has decided that it is Muslims who need to integrate into British society, not the other way round.
In his speech at the security conference in Munich, Mr Cameron said that British Muslims must subscribe to mainstream values of freedom and equality and that the policy of allowing each group to have its own culture had failed.
In the earlier Observer article, Mr Cameron also took great pains to stress that “many Muslims” are “deeply offended by the use of the word 'Islamic' or 'Islamist' to describe the terrorist threat we face today.
“Indeed, by using the word 'Islamist' to describe the threat, we actually help do the terrorist ideologues' work for them,” Mr Cameron wrote in his earlier article.
In his Munich speech, however, Mr Cameron once again completely reversed his view.
“We have got to get to the root of the problem, and we need to be absolutely clear on where the origins of where these terrorist attacks lie,” he said.
“That is the existence of an ideology, Islamist extremism. We should be equally clear what we mean by this term, and we must distinguish it from Islam.
“We need to be clear: Islamist extremism and Islam are not the same thing,” Mr Cameron said in his speech, which can be found on the Downing Street website.
The astonishing chameleon-like change is conclusive evidence that the Tory leadership is either utterly devious and opportunist, or just plain downright stupid.
Either way, Mr Cameron is clearly an embarrassment to Britain.