Hopefully, this is the first step in reversing Britain’s Dhimmification.
Islamists and other Muslims in Britain are crying foul over the Conservative-led coalition government’s unveiling of sweeping changes to anti-terrorism policies designed to tackle home-grown extremism.
Setting off alarm bells, in particular, are plans to crack down on Islamist groups which, although professing non-violence, hold views that do not “reflect the British mainstream.”
Speaking in the House of Commons, Home Secretary Theresa May – whose portfolio covers policing and counter-terrorism – said the policy first introduced by the Labor government in 2007, known as “Prevent,” was found to be seriously deficient.
Prevent was introduced in the aftermath of the 2005 London train and bus bombings, in which British Muslims killed 52 people and themselves, and injured hundreds more in the morning rush-hour attack.
Citing a recently completed review of the multimillion-dollar policy, May said some of its designated funding had been directed to “the very extremist organizations that Prevent should have been confronting.”
The existing policy had also “failed to tackle the extremist ideology that not only undermines the cohesion of our society, but also inspires would-be terrorists to seek to bring death and destruction to our towns and cities,” she said.
With a pledge not to “make the same mistakes,” the new strategy aims to strengthen prohibitions on foreign “hate preachers,” ramp up efforts to combat terrorists’ use of the Internet, challenge the ideology that supports terrorism, with a focus on potential environments for radicalization such as universities and prisons, and work to ensure that “moderate voices are heard” in the Muslim community.
Not only will the revamped policy aim to stop people from joining or supporting al-Qaeda and likeminded violent groups, but it also will target a different segment.
“Prevent must also recognize and tackle the insidious impact of non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularize views which terrorists exploit,” May said.
“We will not fund or work with organizations that do not subscribe to the core values of our society.”
It is this aspect of the policy that particularly angered the Sunni Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir (the “Party of Liberation”), which campaigns for a restoration of an Islamic caliphate – a single transnational Islamic entity under shari’a.
Founded in 1953 by a Palestinian Arab with the professed goal of reviving the caliphate (the last one was formally abolished in Turkey in 1924), Hizb ut-Tahrir claims to shun violence. It operates in dozens of countries, including the U.S., in some cases underground where it has been banned.
“This policy has nothing to do with security,” the group’s British spokesman, Taji Mustafa, said in a statement. “It is about forcing a set of values on a community simply because their beliefs do not conform to secular liberal norms.”
……A 116-page report on the new Prevent strategy, presented to parliament on Tuesday, includes a reference to Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
“We believe there is unambiguous evidence to indicate that some extremist organizations, notably Hizb-ut-Tahrir, target specific universities and colleges (notably those with a large number of Muslim students) with the objective of radicalizing and recruiting students,” it says.
Congratulations to Cameron and the conservative coalition. It’s about time.
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