Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The WikiLeaks news recycle

Despite my promise to go away for Christmas, I couldn't help but notice this latest "revelation" from WikiLeaks that stunned the Daily Mail:

Around a third of young British Muslims favour killing in the name of Islam, according to a survey revealed by the WikiLeaks' publication of U.S. diplomatic cables.

A survey of 600 Muslim students at 30 universities throughout Britain found that 32 per cent of Muslim respondents believed killing in the name of religion is justified.

Shocking new evidence of "increasing radicalisation among Britain's young Muslims" claims the Mail. Well, not exactly. The report continues

A U.S. diplomatic cable from January 2009 quoted a poll by the Centre for Social Cohesion as saying 54 per cent wanted a Muslim party to represent their world view in Parliament and 40 per cent want Muslims in the UK to be under Sharia law.

Could it perhaps be the same survey reported by the Mail in similarly apocalyptic terms on 28th July 2008?

Nearly one third of Muslim students believe it can be acceptable to kill in the name of religion, according to a survey published yesterday.

It also found that 40 per cent want to see the introduction of Islamic sharia law in Britain, 40 per cent think it wrong for Muslim men and women to mix freely together, and 33 per cent want to see a worldwide Islamic government based on sharia law.

The findings were described by researchers at the Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, which commissioned the poll, as 'deeply alarming'.

It surely could.

The only revelation here seems to be that someone in the US embassy reads the Daily Mail. Which is rather worrying, I suppose.