Observer rejects ‘these ludicrous lies about the West and Islam’

“British Muslim leaders are entitled, along with everybody else, to raise questions about the conduct and consequences of Mr Blair’s foreign policy. But they have a more immediate responsibility to promote the truth: that Britain is not the aggressor in a war against Islam; that no such war exists; that there is no glory in murder dressed as martyrdom and that terrorism is never excused by bogus accounts of historical victimisation.”

Observer leader, 13 August 2006

This of course ignores the fact that the letter from British Muslim leaders made no claim that the West was at war with Islam. It also explicitly denounced terrorism. As for “bogus accounts of historical victimisation”, this is a reference to what? The incontrovertible truth that majority-Muslim countries have historically been victims of Western imperialism?