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The recent bungled and, frankly, rather pathetic terrorist attack on Glasgow airport may have appeared to fail, but in one sense it's been something of a success. It looks set to have achieved a major change in the behaviour of workers in the Scottish health service, which presumably serves them right for not being able to save the life of the toasted lunatic Kafeel Ahmed.
Doctors and other health workers have been banned from eating lunch at their desks - in case it offends their Muslim colleagues.
Health chiefs believe the sight of food will upset Muslim workers when they are celebrating the religious festival Ramadan. The lunch trolley is also to be wheeled out of bounds as the 30-day fast begins in September.
The new guidance comes in the wake of the failed terror attacks. Health chiefs in Lothian and Glasgow will give all employees time off to pray and to celebrate Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan. But Greater Glasgow and Clyde as well as Lothian NHS boards also issued the advice, warning workers not to take working lunches, and said all vending machines should be removed from areas where Muslims work.
The guidance, which was sent round many organisations, was produced by Glasgow consultancy Meem, which advises on Muslim issues and counts the Scottish Parliament among its clients. Na'eem Raza, a senior consultant with the firm, said he was thrilled that the health boards had formally adopted the guidance. He added: "The idea is to get faith in the workplace out in the open" (GOS says: "whose faith is that, then? Oh, right. Yours.").
He went on "In the current climate, people need to understand where communities are coming from and what people are feeling. After the Glasgow attack this is very important" (GOS says: "Couldn't agree more. When some loonies shouting Muslim slogans drive a blazing vehicle into a public building full of people, it's certainly very important to understand where they were coming from. Far more important than it is for the Muslim minority to understand the rest of us. I mean, we just live here.").
"People have stopped talking over the garden fence," he continued, "and we need to break down the barriers so that people can talk comfortably to each other. It would never stir up resentment. Faith is an important issue. Why not have guidance on all of the issues that affect us, including different faiths?" (GOS says: "Resentment? Perish the thought. Why should ordinary Scots resent being fire-bombed? And guidance on different faiths? Good idea. When are you going to produce leaflets in Urdu explaining the true meaning of Christmas? Er what do you mean, you're not?").
Those who can manage to set aside their completely unjustified resentment and interest themselves in finding out the real truth about the major problems of the world might well want to read a book called "Alms for Jihad: Charity And Terrorism in the Islamic World," by Burr and Collins. Here is the book's synopsis from Amazon:
"Giving to charity is incumbent upon every Muslim. Muslims have always donated to charitable endowments set up for the purposes of promoting Islam through the construction of mosques, schools, and hospitals. In recent years, there has been a dramatic proliferation of Islamic charities. While most of these are legitimate, there is now considerable evidence to show that others have more questionable intentions, and that funds have been diverted to support terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda. The authors examine the contention through a detailed investigation of the charities involved, their financial intermediaries, and the terrorist organisations themselves. What they discover is that money from these charities has funded conflicts across the world, from the early days in Afghanistan, to subsequent terrorist activities in Asia, Africa, Palestine and, most recently, Europe and the United States. This ground-breaking book is the first to piece together the secret financial systems that support terror."
Sounds good? Sounds like something we in the West ought to make ourselves aware of?
Well, you can't. Search for the book on Amazon and you'll get "currently unavailable". It's also unavailable in any bookshop. In fact, it's unavailable worldwide, and it's our fault - well, the fault of our own legal system.
British libel law is very slanted towards the complainer and some oil-rich Muslims have realized that. So if a book is published which is critical of Islam, they sue in British courts. British publishers don't have the money to take them on so the publisher agrees to withdraw and pulp the book. Books that expose some very shady characters in the world of Jihad are thus no longer available.
In this case, at the High Court in London, Cambridge University Press agreed to recall all unsold copies of "Alms for Jihad" and pulp them. In addition, it asked hundreds of libraries around the world to remove the volume from their shelves. This highly unusual action was accompanied by a letter to one Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz that said
"Throughout the book there are serious and defamatory allegations about yourself and your family, alleging support for terrorism through your businesses, family and charities, and directly. As a result of what we now know, we accept and acknowledge that all of those allegations about you and your family, businesses and charities are entirely and manifestly false."
End of story. End of book.
Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz is a very wealthy and influential Saudi. He was the personal banker to the Saudi royal family and head of the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, until he sold it to the Saudi government. He has a swanky pad in London and an Irish passport and multiple U.S. business connections, including Thomas Kean, the chairman of the 9/11 Commission.
Cambridge University Press, on the other hand, is a pecunious British business that like any other publisher specialising in academic and minority interests operates on a tight budget, and cannot afford to take on in the courts someone like the Sheikh. So they had to cave in.
There's an interesting and detailed account of the affair on the excellent Atlas Shrugs website.
Muslims may be rich enough to manipulate our legal system and clever enough to infiltrate and influence our public services for their own ends, but there's one thing about us they'll never understand in a month of Sundays (that's Sundays without any Sunday lunch if it's Ramadan): our sense of humour, and the fact that we can make fun of anything, absolutely anything however serious or horrific.
Have a look at the website of this new musical.
Needless to say, Muslims have complained that they're being insulted. Aah, bless!

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