Muslim backlash to possible coup d'état?
Many seem to think that the Islam culture is a relatively new arrival to Britain. In fact they couldn't be further from the truth. The eighth-century King of Mercia; Offa, had coins minted with an Islamic inscription on them - these were copies of coins of the near-contemporary Muslim ruler Al-Mansur, and it is thought that they were minted to facilitate trade with the expanding Islamic empire in Spain. One John Nelson converted to Islam in the 16th Century (although 16th century writer Richard Hakluyt claimed he was forced to convert). Captain John Ward of Kent was one of a number of British sailors who became pirates based in the Maghreb who also converted to Islam. Mosques also appeared in British seaports at this time, the first being in Cardiff in 1860. From the 1950s, with large immigration to Britain from the former colonies of Britain, large Muslim populations developed in several British towns.
The problem has not been so much in the fact that large quantities of Muslims have moved to Britain, it's that they have suddenly become a lot louder. Muslims are often perceived as a violent race. There is some truth in that, the Koran does preach violence (killing the infidels etc) and it seems that no anti-muslim comment can be made for fear of a violent reprisal.
This is where the government have made their mistake. By making every anti-muslim comment " a despicable racist act" and pandering to the belligerant muslims, they have lost all control over the country and seem to be trying to please everyone at the whole population's expense.
I'm not saying that all muslims are violent, west hating jihadists, on the contrary many of those who live in Britain are muslim but are just as British as you or I, however there is the violent minority and they are gaining power.
The government at present is weak and some well placed events (e.g terrorist attacks or assasinations) could push the country over the edge.
In a purely hypothetical situation, if a muslim extremist were to assasinate, say, John Reid on account of his racist comments (or what are perceived to be racist by the muslim community) then it would throw the government and the population into chaos.
We could expect confrontations to break out between muslim sects and the general population. This could easily escalate into large scale combat while the government is still figuring out what to do.
This is the ideal situation for a coup d'etat. Tony Blair has lost his authority and the whole country is holding it's breath to see what will happen next. All it takes is a loud enough voice and some convenient events (as mentioned before) and you would have a new leader in power, most likely a muslim extremist. This is a situation comparable to the burning of the Reichstag coupled with Hitler's ascension to power, abeit in a more violent manner.
I was recently speaking with a Labour MP who acknowledged that "There is a large problem with the muslim population and there will be change in the near future". He was not saying that there was a problem with the muslims themselves but with the general situation.
There will be change in the near future and it will be on such a scale that it will alter Britain as a whole and force it to reconsider it's national image. All we can do is wait and see.