Prime Minister David Cameron vows to tackle “failures of integration” as he unveils a five-year plan to combat home-grown Islamist extremism….reports Asian Lite News
In a landmark speech at Birmingham, Cameron will target individuals who hold “intolerant ideas” and create a climate for extremism to stem radicalisation of Muslim youths.
Cameron said a failure of integration has meant that there are people born and raised in this country who do not identify with Britain.
“When you look in detail at the backgrounds of those convicted of terrorist offences, it is clear that many of them were first influenced by what some would call non-violent extremists,” he will say. “It may begin with hearing about the so-called Jewish conspiracy and then develop into hostility to the West and fundamental liberal values, before finally becoming a cultish attachment to death.”
He will argue that the root causes of radicalisation must be tackled and say many people convicted of terrorism were influenced by non-violent extremists.
He will also promise action against the “glamorisation” of extremist groups such as so-called Islamic State.
The prime minister will say the country needs “to confront a tragic truth” that there are people born and raised in the UK “who don’t really identify with Britain and feel little or no attachment to other people here”.
“This is what we face a radical ideology that is not just subversive, but can seem exciting, one that has often sucked people in from non-violence to violence, that is overpowering moderate voices within the debate and which can gain traction because of issues of identity and failures of integration,” he is to say.
Mr Cameron will focus his message on convincing those tempted to travel to Syria and Iraq not to buy into the supposed “glamour” of fighting for IS.
“You won’t be some valued member of a movement. You are cannon fodder for them,” he will say.
“If you are a boy, they will brainwash you, strap bombs to your body and blow you up. If you are a girl, they will enslave and abuse you.”
Cameron has previously warned of the dangers posed by the members of the Muslim community who “quietly condoned” extremist views.
The prime minister will also arguments to justify extremism because of “historic injustices, Iraq wars or poverty.”
“When people say it’s because of the involvement in the Iraq War that people are attacking the West we should remind them: 9/11, the biggest loss of life of British citizens in a terrorist attack, happened before the Iraq war,” he will say.
“When they say that these are wronged Muslims getting revenge on western wrongdoing, let’s remind them: from Kosovo to Somalia, countries like Britain have stepped in to save Muslim people from massacres. It’s groups like Isil, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram that are the ones murdering Muslims.
“Others might say it’s because terrorists are driven to their actions by poverty. But that ignores the fact that many of these terrorists have had the full advantages of prosperous families and a western university education.”
The prime minister will also acknowledge Britain’s failure to integrate some members of minority ethnic communities.
“For all our successes as a multiracial, multifaith democracy, we have to confront a tragic truth that there are people born and raised in this country who don’t really identify with Britain and feel little or no attachment to other people here.”
Police and security services believe at least 700 extremists have travelled to fight with IS militants who have taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria, with half since returned and posing a domestic terrorist threat. But unofficial sources say the figures will be over 2000.