I read a good article from a Muslim writer (Nirpal Dhaliwal) in Britain bemoaning the disillusioned views of young Muslims:
Jonathan Evans, head of MI5, says Muslim teenagers are being groomed for terrorism and that more should be done tackle its "root causes". But the biggest cause of Islamic extremism in Britain isn't the Iraq war or Palestine but the hypocrisy and delusional sense of oppression fostered by many young British Muslims.Evening Standard
Recently I saw Riz Ahmed, the Muslim star of the Channel 4 drama Britz, rapping at a BBC concert. Woolly-hatted, gesticulating like he was straight outta Compton, MC Riz wanted to look like a ghetto player rather than a nerdy Asian mummy's boy as he bewailed his oppression and the crimes of George W Bush. Trendy Asians nodded in solidarity while white hipsters gazed adoringly.
I asked my Pakistani companion how oppressed he'd been since 9/11. "Not at all," he replied. When I've asked other Muslims what their actual experience of oppression has been, the worst I've heard is "being looked at on the Tube"; yet some still compare their condition to that of Jews in 1930s Germany.
It was good for someone to come out and say it: you're not oppressed and you're not the victim of any system.
The notion that these young stars and even anybody is repressed by a system is a hypersensitive reaction founded on nothing.
It goes back to a liberal paranoia that inside every man on the street there is a white national socialist ready to surface -- every star is a death threat when needless to say, I am sure sometimes all people (even all of us who are part of the Vast Right Wing Christian Conspiracy) get stared at for one reason or another.
Read the rest of the article -- it was well put together.