The West may have finally decided to wake up — and in London, of all places. The mayoral race in London features two candidates: Boris Johnson, the incumbent , and Ken Livingstone, his predecessor. Johnson has taken an eight-point lead in the polls, which bodes well for the West.
Why does this matter? Ken Livingstone is a fervent supporter of Islamism. So much, in fact, that he has promised to make London a “beacon” for Islam, saying in a speech at the Finsbury Park Mosque that he planned to “educate the mass of Londoners … That will help to cement our city as a beacon that demonstrates the meaning of the words of the Prophet.” The mosque is under the control of the Muslim Association of Britain, an organization which has strong connections to Hamas, and in 2008 backed Livingstone for mayor.
Livingstone has been linked to radical Muslims for years. In 2004, as mayor, he hosted Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi to City Hall. Dr. Qawardi, who is banned from the United States, has said that gays should be put to death and championed female genital mutilation and terrorist bombings in Israel. In 2009, he stated, “Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers and kill them, down to the very last one.” Allah, he continued, had sent “people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Adolph Hitler.”
If Londoners reject Livingstone, can the message spread to America? The very same al-Qaradawi, who, in 2003, stated his support for killing of American troops in Iraq, was asked by President Obama to mediate secret negotiations between the United States and the Taliban. Can Americans take the lead from the British and reject a candidate who associates with apologists for radical Islam?