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Cameron: Islamic Extremist Ideology, Not Injustice or Poverty, Is the Root Cause of the Threat Facing Britain (Independent-UK via Daily Alert)

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July 22, 2015

Cameron: Islamic Extremist Ideology, Not Injustice or Poverty, Is the Root Cause of the Threat Facing Britain (Independent-UK)

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday set out the government’s five-year strategy for tackling extremist ideology:

  • “What we are fighting, in Islamist extremism, is an ideology. It is an extreme doctrine….At its furthest end it seeks to destroy nation-states to invent its own barbaric realm. And it often backs violence to achieve this aim – mostly violence against fellow Muslims – who don’t subscribe to its sick worldview.”
  • “Certain intolerant ideas…create a climate in which extremists can flourish:…that Jews exercise malevolent power; or that Western powers, in concert with Israel, are deliberately humiliating Muslims.”
  • “Some argue it’s because of historic injustices and recent wars, or because of poverty and hardship. This argument, what I call the grievance justification, must be challenged.”
  • “When they say that these are wronged Muslims getting revenge on their Western wrongdoers, 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 or a Western university education.”
  • “We’ve got to show that if you say ‘yes I condemn terror – but the Kuffar [non-Muslims] are inferior,’ or ‘violence in London isn’t justified, but suicide bombs in Israel are a different matter’ – then you too are part of the problem. Unwittingly or not, and in a lot of cases it’s not unwittingly, you are providing succor to those who want to commit, or get others to commit to, violence.”

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