On 16 December 2008 Quilliam issued the following press release:
Quilliam believes that the conviction of Bilal Abdulla today for his role in the attempted car-bombings in London and Glasgow in 2005 serves as a reminder of how Islamist ideologies can transform an individual’s specific grievances into a generalised support for terrorist attacks.
Maajid Nawaz, Director of the Quilliam Foundation, said: “Although British foreign policy undoubtedly helped push Bilal Abdulla towards violence, anger at foreign policy is rarely – if ever – the sole cause of terrorism. Abdulla’s decision to attack a nightclub and an airport was caused by an Islamist ideology that taught him that he was obliged to attack innocent civilians.
“Many British Muslims have been angered by the invasion of Iraq but only militant Islamists have responded with violence. It is deeply significant that although there are many thousands of Iraqis in the UK, the only one to have sought to attack this country is a man who has been involved with extreme Islamist groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir.”