Symbolic to say the least.
(Daily Mail) — A former head of the Armed Forces has warned that plans for a mosque overlooking Sandhurst could lead to attacks on the Royal Military Academy.
In a letter, Lord Guthrie says he is worried about the ‘security’ of the two 100ft minarets which will tower over the mosque, 300 yards from the Sandhurst parade ground.
And he is unconvinced by promises from the mosque leaders that it will not fall into the hands of extremists who support a ‘doctrine of hate’.
The letter by Lord Guthrie — who was Chief of the Defence Staff under Tony Blair — was written to the planning inspector chairing an inquiry into the proposed mosque.
The Mail on Sunday, which has obtained the letter, understands that it reflects fears among senior military figures that the minarets could be used by snipers or other terrorists.
Supporters of the mosque say the claim is irresponsible and untrue.
A listed Victorian school building is set to be demolished to make way for the £3 million building. More than 6,500 people have signed a petition to oppose it.