Hate crime is Hate crime.
Foota: "Radical Muslims are religiously cleansing the entire Middle East and murdering Jews and Cartoonists in Europe, but Miliband and Labour have their eye on the ball in terms of the real threat!"
The real threat is one set of humans directing hatred at another set of humans, because of perceived (and over-exaggerated and propagandised) ideological differences.
Bombing the shit out of the Middle East for the last 15 years has only exacerbated the situation. ISIS wouldn't exist, much less have made the gains it has, but for the (alleged) idea that bombing and invading Iraq would be a constructive and positive thing...
The U.S. Government, and its lackeys in Western Europe, try to justify at every turn why it is okay to kill Arab Muslims in the Middle East. They've created failed states in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen (and also Somalia, come to that...).
The "Message" is that it's okay to hate and kill Arab Muslims, because they are hateful, murdering sub-humans.
No. "They" are not.
A tiny minority of people living in the Middle East are opportunistically trying to expand their personal power-bases, by attacking, killing and generally making life miserable for the vast majority of other people living in the Middle East. Western Governments don't have a moral leg to stand on, because the only policy *THEY* can come up with to try and resolve the problems in the Middle East... Is to attack, kill and generally make life miserable for the vast majority of people living in the Middle East.
All this stuff percolates down.
The message to the Hard of Thinking is that Muslims are ideologically-regressive maniacs. That sort of thing encourages people to behave hatefully and violently towards one another (think of the sort of moral pass people get, if they fantasise about what they'd like to do to paedophiles...).
Islamophobia is *EXACTLY* the same thing as Anti-Semitism: it is the bigoted, inexcusable and woefully ignorant hatred of a group of people due to their vague relationship to an ideological group that is unfairly stigmatised.
It is ignorance. Pure and simple.
I am wholly and unreservedly with Barca on this one.