Wednesday, July 22, 2015

UK answer to Islamic Terrorism?

It is not news that Islamic terrorism has taken deep root within British society.  As it is reported that they are arresting on average one jihadist wanna-be a DAY, and of a man being arrested for trying to buy enough ricin to kill 1400 people - for peaceful purposes, you understand - UK Prime Minister Davis Cameron set out his latest proposed strategy to address on the rapidly growing problem within UK borders.

In a speech he gave in Birmingham earlier this week:


From the Guardian (UK):

The four pillars of David Cameron's counter-extremism strategy 

PM outlines his five-year strategy to tackle subversive doctrine and defeat extremism

 20 July 2015

 Jamie Grierson

An ideology that at its furthest end seeks to destroy nation states to invent its own barbaric realm. That – in the words of the prime minister, David Cameron – is what defines Islamist extremism.

Defeating extremism is the “struggle of our generation”, Cameron said on Monday, as he outlined four pillars of a five-year strategy in tackling the “subversive” doctrine.

Here is a breakdown of the counter-extremism strategy:
Confronting the ideology
Cameron trumpeted Britain’s liberal values as the “strongest weapon” for combating Islamist extremism but also said more must be done to deglamorise the cause, especially Islamic State.

The prime minister said the government would work with people who understand what life is like under Isis to explain to young and vulnerable people the brutal reality of its ideology.

Syrian, Iraqi and Kurdish communities will be given platforms from which to speak out against the carnage Isis is conducting in their countries, he said.

Cameron said specific deradicalisation programmes would be set up – although he did not specify how this would differ from Channel, the government’s deradicalisation project under its Prevent strategy.

The prime minister also set his sights on internet companies, hitting out at firms for doing too little to tackle extremism online.

When it comes to doing what’s right in the fight against terrorism, we too often hear that it’s all too difficult.

Tackle the violent and non-violent

The prime minister said the new strategy would take steps to confront groups and organisations that might not advocate violence but do promote extremism.

Cameron pledged to introduce “narrowly targeted powers” to tackle hate preachers and cult leaders who promote extremist views and material.

The media watchdog, Ofcom, would also be strengthened to give it powers to take action against foreign channels that broadcast hate preachers, he said.

The prime minister said he would bring forward further measures to guard against the radicalisation of children in some so-called supplementary schools or tuition centres....

There is much more on the points he laid out, and a video, here.
No coincidence I am sure, but two days after that speech, Clarion Project has this:

Islamism in Britain: June 2015

'We simply can't have a situation where different rules apply to families from different family backgrounds.' MP Philip Hollobone.
Wed, July 22, 2015

What follows is a summary of Islam and Islam-related issues in Britain during June 2015, categorized into four broad themes: 1) Islamic extremism; 2) British multiculturalism; 3) Islamic Sharia law; and 4) Muslim integration.

1. Islamic Extremism and Syria-Related Threats
A new report on surveillance warned that Britain is facing an "unprecedented" threat from hundreds of battle-hardened jihadists who have been trained in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The report said there are now more Britons trained in terrorism than at any point in recent memory.

More than 700 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq, over half of whom are thought to have since returned home, where they pose a significant threat to national security.

Addressing a security conference in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, on June 19, Prime Minister David Cameron called on Muslims to speak out against the "poisonous ideology" of Islamism that is radicalizing young British Muslims.

Prominent Muslims quickly pounced on Cameron's remarks. Former Conservative Party co-chair Sayeeda Warsi, writing in the Guardianargued that Cameron's "misguided emphasis" on "Muslim community complicity" would "at best fall on deaf ears, at worst further alienate" British Muslims.

Labour MP Yasmin Querishi said that British Muslims should not have to apologize for the radicalization of British Muslims. "It feels absolutely awful," she said. "I'm getting really tired of having to apologise."...
Long time readers don't need me to share what my reply to that MP would be, but go read much more here.  
All well and good,  of course,  but speeches aren't going to solve the deeply entrenched scourge of Islamic terrorism in the world.  Only time will tell if these speeches actually lead to real action...even though I fear that it is already just about too late for Britain.
Pay attention.

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