FIROZ KHAN points out how the Western media ignores terror acts by those who are not Muslim.
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It has become an inevitable fact that Western media is biased against Islam and Muslims: every Muslim or Arab who reads the daily papers, watches TV coverage of daily events, or listens to the radio can clearly see that.
Last week, Robert Cottage and David Jackson, both former British National Party members, have been arrested for having a "master plan" to cause mayhem after a police recovered a "record haul" of chemicals used to make explosives.
Officers also recovered rocket launchers, BNP literature and a nuclear and biological suit. The police say this is the largest haul ever found at a house in Britain.
And while the world media is busy with the Muslims’ reaction to ignorant remarks made by a British official and Pope Benedict, the incident involving the arrests in Britain went unreported, except by local papers; Burnley Citizen and Pendle Today.
Cottage, charged under the Explosives Substances Act 1883 on October 9, reportedly drives disabled children to school.
His Peugeot car has been taken away for examination.
The police recovered 22 chemical components from his house.
On the other hand, David Jackson, 62, of Trent Road, Nelson, was charged with similar offences.
Christiana Buchanan, who appeared for the prosecution in Jackson’s case, asserts that both men had "some kind of master plan".
However, the police tried to reassure neighbours that they had not discovered "a bomb making factory."
Brian Parkinson, a local BNP councillor, distanced his party from Cottage, arguing "it certainly wouldn’t condone the sort of thing he is allegedly being connected with".
UK and Worldwide media preferred to keep the focus on the protests and the anger of Muslims sparked initially by those who have been insensitive to them, making ignorant and silly remarks against their faith.
First it was Pope Benedict XVI, who angered the world’s more than one billion Muslims in one of his recent lectures in which he cited a passage attacking Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The passage originally appeared in the Dialogue Held With A Certain Persian, the Worthy Mouterizes, in Anakara of Galatia, written in 1391 as an expression of the views of the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus, saying;
"Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
And second it was former foreign secretary Jack Straw, now Leader of the House of Commons. Straw said that the Muslim women’s veil was "a visible statement of separation and difference".
It was natural that Straw’s remarks, which demonstrate total ignorance of the Islamic culture and utter disrespect for its followers, to anger the world Muslims, not just the British Muslim community.
Muslims obviously do not need advice from Mr. Straw. They don’t need lessons in dress from him.
There is an inherent media bias against Muslims and Arabs, that always tends to focus on unrest and anger in the Arab and Muslim communities rather than discussing the source of their anger, in most cases the West’s insistence not to respect their culture and sovereignty.