ISLAM is a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of peace. If I keep repeating this mantra, perhaps my two young daughters, who flew to London with their father yesterday, will stay safe from harm.
It's nonsense, of course. Only probability will protect them - the fact that in a city of more than five million people, they are statistically unlikely to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Constantly chanting truisms about Islam being opposed to violence will not stop inadequate young men intent on destruction. It doesn't matter whether the mantra about Islam and peace is repeated by myself, a Muslim academic or a mullah. It will not work. It's simply not enough.