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The response of most British Muslim leaders to the latest terror alert has been dismaying. It is one thing not to prejudge the outcome of police investigations, especially given recent blunders, but the defiant tone struck by so many spokesmen (even prominent liberals like Tahir Abbas), and the subject-changing to Lebanon or the lack of a public inquiry into 7/7, is enough to make one recall John Major’s infamous phrase: isn’t it time they condemned a little more and understood a little less? Or, in the language of our post-multicultural society, isn’t it time they responded a bit more as…

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