Because of its reputation in international security, Britain is not an important task: to protect Jihad terror. Make no mistake, the terrorist attack in Manchester this week, which claimed 22 lives so far, will have a lasting impact. Parents can tolerate much, but they will not tolerate terrorists directed at their daughters.
What the country needs now is an important debate on how to improve internal security. Instead, it is likely to take a series of screaming games on television in which each party accused the other of referring to the terrorists.
The problems are many: the government’s anti-terrorist policy is on the ground and barely works; The opposition parties are unable to take into account; And British Muslim organizations do not want to provide the leadership their communities need.
Let’s be clear about this. The fight against terrorism must police successful to have the confidence of the closest possible terrorist people. But that is exactly where Brittany fails. We could set a good example for the world in a moment, it seems to be close to the flames. Instead, we are only grateful that we are not as incompetent as the French.
The conservative government deserves much guilt. The anti-terrorism approach has been contradictory, confusing and more interested in gaining political points of doing the work. Ministers have been known to accuse people of “supporting terrorism” without evidence, alienated potential allies and ignored Muslim groups very willing to work with them. In some cases, Muslims have been unjustly targeted for totally innocent actions, which makes criticism of their criticism as against Muslims and animals.
To complicate matters, there has not been a concerted campaign by some Muslim militant groups to paint all the government’s work under the leadership of Islamophobia and confuse the Muslims who work with them. Few people want to admit that vigilance of extremists is necessary and that hate preachers are still active in some mosques. The “community leaders” were large self-proclaimed AWOL organizations are simply offering commons places.
The solution to the British problem is the same for all countries. The government has a direct non-political approach in the fight against terrorism that works with ordinary Muslims against extremists. (This is already happening to some extent – Manchester bomber was also informed authorities for their extreme views by friends). You have to take a hard line against the preachers of Muslim hatred, but also extreme right-wing extremists who are treating racism against minorities. This is not a special favor is equal treatment.
Muslim organizations must also take responsibility and challenge those who just want to poison government relations. They must take the hard line that say blasphemies should die and preach hatred against other minorities. They must work with the government to improve efforts against terrorism. The majority of the victims are ISIS Muslims. As the network of British Muslim women wrote this week, “doing nothing is not an option.”
But what is poisoning the well in anti-terrorism efforts in the UK is the hysterical attitude of its right wing press. In our social media world, it is more extreme and simplistic, the more you receive notice. A hungry ratchet industry automatically rewards people who get the most attention. The popular talk in Britain now resembles a nest of snakes rather than a society discussion.
Every time the issue of counter-terrorism is touched upon, the government immediately diverts its attention by calling for greater oversight. The media are following in advance. While the government has cut funding for traditional police and grassroots work, on the one hand, it has made Britain the most-watched in the world. None of this has made the country any safer.
Once the dust settles, the British parents’ angry demand to know how the government can prevent this type of terrorism. But if the past history of the media and the political class is passable, nothing is going to change soon. If other countries can not take their example, they must learn from mistakes.