Britain, like all Western countries, has a security problem and that problem can be described in one word. Islam. It is radicalised members of this faith who commit or try to commit virtually all terrorist acts. This radicalisation and terrorism is fundamental to the faith, it happens everywhere the faith is practiced. In countries with large Islamic communities the only answer, proven by history, is authoritarianism. Even Turkey, which is supposedly “democratic”, has a large and authoritarian security apparatus to keep radical Islam under control. But nearly all Islamic countries are outright dictatorships with ruthless strong men suppressing the extremists. It is what works.
In Britain Islam represents about 5% of the population, but this is expanding extremely fast, soon it will be 10%, then 20%. We are on the way to becoming an Islamic country, as happened to Lebanon. So, inevitably, we have the usual percentage of radicalised Islamic nutters. These people have committed terrorist acts here but they have been stopped from committing very many more. Plots are broken up by our security services on a regular basis. This will continue because it is a core belief of some followers of the Islamic religion that they have a duty to go and kill other people. There is no getting away from this fact. We will have many more plots and some will succeed. Innocent people will die.
The response of our politicians is to become more authoritarian, just as in the other countries with Islamic populations. Instead of acting to control the Islamic community our government act against all of us, taking away our hard fought for rights and freedoms. Every time anyone complains about the state becoming excessively powerful the answer comes back that it is to protect us from terrorism. We now have mass surveillance where everything that everybody does, says or thinks is monitored by a Stasi like state apparatus. And progressively our rights to free speech, free movement, free assembly and so on are being taken away from us. Each time that the government act it is just another brick in the wall. Now Theresa May is at it again, they won’t be happy until they have absolute power over us.
The stupidity of this is twofold. Firstly the terrorist wins. By getting the state to do their work for them. Every time another law is passed that erodes our rights it is a terrorist victory. Secondly what the politicians are “protecting” becomes less worth protecting. Why bother protecting a state in which everyone’s rights have been so severely eroded?
The ONLY answer, as any critical thought will tell you, is to act against Islam, not against all of us.
Not all Islamic people are Salafist extremists wanting to behead all non believers. But there are many shades of grey in attitudes. Many Islamic people support the aims of the Salafists, to a lesser or greater extent. A quarter of British Muslims think that the Charlie Hebdo killings were justified, for instance. They think their imaginary special friend who lives in the sky is more important than the rights of people living here on earth. Certainly very many of them have zero tolerance for the rights of non Islamic people to do anything that Islamic people disagree with. Yet this is our country. And we have allowed them to make homes here. We have supported a very high percentage of them with our benefits system. And there is no gratitude.
Firstly we must go to zero immigration from Islamic countries. Our problem is bad enough without making it worse. Secondly we need to foster a more tolerant and liberal Islam within Britain. One which doesn’t mutilate the genitals of young girls, force marriage on unwilling partners, accepts the “honour” punishments of throwing acid in women’s faces and all the other primitive barbarity. Putting people through our education system doesn’t work. Many terrorists and would be terrorists here have been highly schooled. Doctors, for instance.
Liberal and Islam might seem an oxymoron. Two words that are utterly incompatible. But I know many Islamic people with a value set similar to mine. They are educated Western liberals, well read and tolerant of other people’s ideas and beliefs. They are the exact opposite of the media stereotype. So it can be done. It is just a matter of working out how to do it.
Meanwhile Theresa May must stop taking away the rights and freedoms of tens of millions of people.