Sadly the Muslim reaction in general to the recent unsuccessful terrorist attacks in the UK has been all too predictable. There must be some within the Muslim community who have other views than the ones we hear on the TV but the "Muslim community leaders" and the Muslims that attend debates on these issues seem to trot out the same old rubbish as always.
Broadly they seem to have the following views in various combinations;
a) The "It wasn't me guv approach" - this is the line that says well they were just bad individuals so no other Muslim bears any responsibility ( er what about this Ummah thing then?)
b) The "Your just picking on us" approach - different variations of this one including making us feel guilty that airport security might actually be searching Muslim looking Asian men and burkha clad women. (Oh heavens I mean its not as though its Muslim men who have been attacking us now is it)
c) The "I don't agree with terrorism but..." line. This one is usually followed by cries of victimhood in which the names Iraq and Afghanistan are uttered. This ignores of course the inconvenient fact that the thousands dying in Iraq and to a lesser extent Afghanistan are in fact being killed by their Muslim "brothers". It also suggests that of course everything would be OK if only the UK would withdraw from Iraq ( all the better to leave the Iraqi "brothers" free to engage in completely unfettered slaughter I suppose?)
d) The "Islam is a peaceful tolerant religion" line ; except of course that if we write or draw something they don't like they are out on mass on the streets threatening to behead us. (Funny that because they only managed to get about 500 out on the streets of Glasgow recently to protest about the recent attempted attacks) . And of course dont try taking a Bible to Saudi Arabia. ( Not that I would want to )
e) The " well its wasn't really Muslims what done it, it was the CIA" This line is fueled of course by the Internet conspiracy nut jobs who just love to gain a bit of cyber-credibility by posting the most ludicrous conspiracies. (I actually saw one suggesting the Glasgow attack was a set up. I posted a comment mocking it and when I went back to check some days later they had taken the post down. Even conspiracists sometimes realise how ludicrous they seem.)
Now there is no doubt that there are many ordinary decent Muslims and there must be many who can see how ludicrous dangerous and medieval their religion is being made to look. But there is a yawing silence from the UK Muslim community on these issues which appears to imply that they consent to these nonsensical excuses. If that is indeed the case then we are in deep trouble.