Updated 15 Dec, 2009:
The Iraqi government’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, says he supports Blair on removing Saddam, WMDs or not. (video clip of Blair interview.) Meanwhile anti-Iraq war campaigners are “shocked” over Blair’s words. Well, fancy that! I’m shocked. As is Melanie Phillips perhaps – or perhaps not – at the press’s untruthfulness in their reports on the ongoing Iraq Inquiry.
Comment at end
23rd March, 2009
INAYAT BUNGLAWALA WILL FACE NO CHARGES OVER STABBING THIS MAN 6 TIMES
It was self-defence. Well, with that number of stabs at the man, Mr Bunglawala is handy with a knife! Not to mention pretty determined.
FIFTH COLUMN GUARDIAN CIF-ERS WILL BE DELIGHTED
This Guardian journalist’s ‘Cif-ers’ will no doubt be relieved. I have had several run-ins with the Cif-ers who I consider largely a FIFTH COLUMN. See here, from July 2008. One of my commenters suggested that some of Bunglawala’s commenters on his October 2007 article should be charged with treason.
Not sure about the commenters. They’re too dull to understand English, much less politics.
But I think Bunglawala should have been charged with treacherous behaviour or at least libel. Accusing Tony Blair of declaring war on Iran, when he was no longer Prime Minister, thus politically powerless, was unforgivable.
This Guardian writer is not to be trusted, in my humble opinion.
Isn’t it odd that if you go to the The Guardian’s search box and type in ‘Inayat Bunglawala’ all you get are his recent articles? Nothing about this news item. I suppose it’s kind of embarrassing for them to write much about this story.
Wonder why I used to think that newspapers were about news and not opinion.
Oh the naivety of it!
And why do I get this niggling feeling that if Mr Bunglawala had been, say, Mr Smith and the intruder had been, say, Mr Mohammed, the CPS might just have decided to press charges against said fictional Mr Smith?
Call me suspicious …
Excerpt from The Daily Mail
An influential Muslim who advises the Government on combating terrorism will not face charges, despite stabbing a man at his home.
Prosecutors have decided that Inayat Bunglawala acted in self-defence when a drunk turned up at his £300,000 house in Luton, Bedfordshire, in the early hours of the morning.
After a scuffle, the 25-year-old man was left bleeding from six knife wounds to his back, requiring emergency surgery that confined him to hospital for four days.
But the Crown Prosecution Service has accepted Mr Bunglawala’s version of events and has dropped the case – to the immense anger of the injured man and his family.
The man, who has asked to not be named, has no history of violent behaviour but admits he was drunk and that he has no recollection of the incident.
Mr Bunglawala, a prominent member of the Muslim Council Of Great Britain, says he was defending the home where he lives with his wife Tahmina and three young children from an intruder who smashed a window, attempted to kick in the door and – when confronted – tried to throttle hi.
Mr Bunglawala, a former civil servant with Revenue & Customs, was appointed to a Home Office taskforce tackling radicalisation in Britain after the July 7 London bombings in 2005.
He now runs an Islamic website.
Ah-hah! ‘The Muslim Council of Great Britain’?
The group Tony Blair came to distrust towards the end of his time as PM.
Excerpt from Islam in Action, 16th March:
Mr Bunglawala is one of the most prominent members of the Muslim Council of Britain, an organisation which advises the Government on extremism and counter-terrorism. After the July 7 London bombings in 2005, he was one of seven Muslims appointed to a Home Office taskforce tackling radicalisation in the UK.
Last week, Mr Bunglawala was featured on the BBC and in many newspapers as the moderate ‘voice’ of British Islam after the Luton anti-war demonstrations. Critics claim his arrest will once again focus attention on the MCB.
In his final years as Prime Minister, Tony Blair came to distrust the organisation amid claims it was linked to Islamic extremism. But the MCB has enjoyed a renaissance under Gordon Brown and briefed Counter-Terrorism Minister Bill Rammell on community tensions last week. MCB representatives also advised Foreign Secretary David Miliband during last year’s Israel-Gaza War.
Yes, The Muslim Council of Great Britain – doesn’t it make you proud?
Now therein lies a NEW TALE … see next post.