Radical Muslims seeking to spread their ideology in the United Kingdom have found a surprising ally—the British government. London has had many successes in combating terrorists like Al-Qaeda. Yet it is helping more politically adept Islamists gain power and prestige by accepting their pose as "moderates."
Several recent appointments in the government show how the Islamists are gaining access inside the government. Azad Ali has been chosen to sit on a panel to advise the Crown Prosecution Service's counter-terrorism chief, for example. Ali has previously lamented U.S. support for the "terrorist slaughter machine of the Zionist state of Israel," and has spoken highly of Abdullah Azzam, the Muslim Brotherhood mentor of Osama Bin Laden, and Anwar al-Awlaki, the Al-Qaeda-linked imam in Yemen that was admired by Major Nidal Malik Hassan, the Fort Hood shooter, although he recently said he rejects al-Awlaki's views.
Ali has also expressed his support for Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extremist group seeking to resurrect the caliphate and destroy Israel and "the new crusaders." The Telegraph reported that he said he found "much truth" in a remark saying Muslims are required to kill U.S. and British soldiers in Iraq, but debate has ensued about whether Ali was referring to that specific statement. Whatever the case, Ali's views cannot be placed in the "moderate" category.