In today’s Daily Telegraph, I wrote a news story about the jihadi website Revolutionmuslim. The site, one of those which radicalised the attempted murdererer of Stephen Timms MP, yesterday posted dozens more MPs’ names on a ‘death list’ with an exhortation to Muslims to follow her example. There was also a handy link allowing you to purchase a knife, like the one she used, from the Tesco online store.
Revolutionmuslim.com was named by the attacker, Roshonara Choudhry, in her police interviews as one of the sites she had visited. The site yesterday praised her as a “mujaahidah,” or holy warrior, saying: “We ask Allaah to keep her safe and secure, to hasten her release and to reward this heroine immensely.”
Soon after my story went up on the Telegraph website, the site excitedly cut and pasted it. Fame at last! This morning, they took that item – and the original death list – down. This evening, the whole site has vanished. Not a great loss to the world.
We are sometimes tempted to see websites like this as mere showbiz extremism. But Choudhry’s case shows that they can have all too real, and potentially deadly, consequences.