Rod Liddle, Maggie Thatcher and ‘Allahu Akbar’.

Rod Liddle, the associate editor of the Spectator Magazine and former BBC radio programme producer, came out against the sentencing of Anjem Choudary, the tin-pot Islamist firebrand in his latest article. Mr. Choudary is now being treated to the hospitality of Her Majesty’s slammer for apparently running his mouth well beyond what is acceptable in today’s climate.

More so, Liddle treated his readers to a witty account of the culprit’s supporters exclaiming ‘Allahu Akbar’ upon hearing the judge’s verdict.

According to Liddle, chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Great) is “an invigorating, all-purpose phrase used during decapitations, bombings or just as one is walking down the street.”

This may well be the case but surely Mr. Liddle’s shortcoming on this front is his failure to inform his right wing readers that their icon, Margaret Thatcher was also not averse to have this “all-purpose phrase” approvingly showered upon her during her reign when she visited Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Addressing jihadis at a refugee camp, in an era when the West was more than willing to cavort with religious fanatics, Thatcher declared “the hearts of the free world are with you.” At this point, the jihadis uproariously invoked the “invigorating, all-purpose phrase” or as the embedded reporter charmingly says “gained her ringing shouts of support.”

On this basis, Liddle’s account of “Allahu Akbar” in his latest diatribe must compel any thinking person to wonder whether some “Allahu Akbar” chanting is more equal (and welcome) than other “Allahu Akbar” chanting.

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