So David and Boris, it is Foreign Policy which is to blame?


Britain’s RAF Tornados are in Iraqi airspace after the motion was passed in Parliament. Now it’s only a matter of time as Cameron joins US’s mission creep.

As the case was being built for partaking in the meal of Syria and Iraq and propaganda was being pumped, there was a concerted effort to blame ideology for the threat to security of Britain. That ideology was in essence Islam or “Islamism” which is so loosely defined by the PREVENT strategy it criminalises legitimate Islamic beliefs.

The entirety of the PREVENT strategy is focussed on dismantling Islam as a causal factor towards terrorism, whilst foreign policy grievances are downplayed and conveniently ignored. In fact it is a signifier of something wrong with an individual if he challenges official government narratives (there must be a lot wrong with me then). Indeed the existence of Quilliam, its lifeline is the failed counter terrorism strategy (CONTEST 2) and discriminatory PREVENT policy. As Haras Rafiq pointing to his pay check more than anything and linking ISIS to “Islamist” extremism stated,

“When our Prime Minister says that his Government is going to redouble the efforts to stop youngsters being radicalised – the redoubling of zero still equals zero.”

He explicitly cites the PREVENT strategy and cements the discredited neocon-devised conveyor-belt to terrorism theory:

“the last review of Prevent in 2011 the Department for Communities and Local Government was tasked with publishing the strategy on how they would help stop British Muslims being radicalised ie: the challenging of ideas and counter narrative dealing with non-violent extremists before they quickly become violent”

There is a lot wrong with the above paragraph but then there is a lot wrong with the guy who said it too so we’ll leave it for now.

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