Thursday, 20 June 2013

When is an 'Extremist' Extreme Enough or Not?

Perhaps, given William Hague's supposed aversion for 'extremism', he thinks events in Eygpt are tending towards 'extremism' or whether 'extremism' is what the 'extremists' he deigns to be 'extreme' are different to those who are not to be thought of 'extreme' because his government and he supposes it convenient.

The latest from Eygpt is this,
The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has appointed a member of the hardline Islamist group Gamaa Islamiya to the governorship of Luxor – a tourist city in which militants associated with the group killed 58 tourists in 1997. The symbolism of the appointment has enraged Egypt's sidelined non-Islamist opposition, who see it as further evidence that Morsi is unconcerned about the country's increasing polarisation.
Morsi is supportive of the Sunni Islamist insurgents in Syria. They cannot be 'extremists' then. Otherwise, William Hague would tell us. Indeed, maybe even ex London Mayor Ken Livingstone would now care to considers whether Qaradawi's hate fuelled sermons against the Shia insurgents are the sort of thing he likes.

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