September 15, 2009
Osman Warning: Theo Van Gogh Type Threat
(UK) If Muslim extremists are angered enough to issue a fatwa for your death, the British police will inform you by issuance of an "Osman warning" indicating that your safety is at risk and it's your fault. Here's an excerpt from the Osman warning which the individual is required to sign.
"I have been informed that I am not under arrest or caution. I have been advised by the police that as a result of my lifestyle I have caused anger and upset in some sections of the community. This behaviour on my part has included the use of the Internet, making comments to the media, as well as involvement in arranging demonstrations. As a result of this the police have informed me that my safety may be at risk."The excerpt is from the warning given to Paul Ray, a founder of the arguably moderate English Defense League (EDL). The death threat was posted on the extremist Revolution Muslim chat forum with Mr. Ray's photo, address, and known places he frequents. The Revolution Muslim forum entry promised a repeat of what happened to Theo van Gogh, who was murdered in broad daylight in Amsterdam.
Presumably, the warning given to Mr. Ray was specific to his circumstances but it's not a stretch to conclude that the police are quite prepared to blame the victim as opposed to the perpetrators of terroristic threats.
It's difficult to erase the impression that the Muslim extremists can do anything they please while the police tell the general population to be quiet and don't make them mad. I contend that it's unacceptable for the police to be cheerleaders for political correctness.
UPDATE by Rusty: I'm not so sure about the EDL being "moderate". I might be wrong, but I know Robert Spencer wouldn't meet with them and I trust his judgment on this.