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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NARRATIVE. WHO CONTROLS IT, WINS

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NARRATIVE. WHO CONTROLS IT, WINS

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
05/02/2020
Sharia Watch
Summary: 

#ffffff; color:#3d3d3d; font-family:"Open Sans",sans-serif; font-size:14px">Are we seeing a crack developing in the hitherto impregnable “human rights” dogma which has helped emasculate Britain’s defences against terrorism?  #ffffff; color:#3d3d3d; font-family:"Open Sans",sans-serif; font-size:14px">In the wake of the latest Islamic terror attack last Sunday in London, in which two people were stabbed by a terrorist who had recently been released from jail and was actually considered so dangerous he was being shadowed by armed police, the government has indicated it will scrap automatic early release for such prisoners.

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As I wrote, within the Muslim world there are different interpretations of Islam and some of these are peaceful and apolitical. Globally, Muslims are the most numerous victims of Islamic extremism. In Britain, there are many cultural Muslims who have scant interest in religion at all.

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Yet in Britain and much of the west, the risible pretence is maintained that this is a perversion of Islam and that the religion has nothing to do with Islamic extremism. From the moment this threat emerged in Britain more than three decades ago, the establishment has refused to acknowledge that what we are facing is Islamic holy war, rooted in religious doctrines which are as genuine as they are contestable.

Instead, every excuse is trotted out to downplay or deny that this is the case. Thus Islamic terrorists are merely “ a few nutters”, they are motivated by a vague and nameless “ideology”, they are “anti-Islamic” and so on.

As a result, the establishment persistently fails to acknowledge that the danger lies not just in what certain people do but the specific nature of what they believe and the authority behind it.

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The government should start saying what it has flinched from saying: that the west is the target of Islamic holy war. It should say that, although many British Muslims pose no threat to anyone, too many in the community either believe the extremist precepts on which the jihad is based or passively go along with them; that too many groups and individuals revere, for example, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi who has endorsed human bomb attacks; that even among those Muslims who oppose violence, too many endorse poisonous ideas about the non-Muslim world which create the sea in which extremism and terrorism swim.

It should state bluntly that Muslims must start to take responsibility, both at home and abroad, for this war being waged in the name of their religion – and that the government will take all necessary measures to defeat it.

You see, it’s not just a matter of passing stricter laws. It’s all about the narrative. The jihadists know that whoever controls the narrative, wins. So far, the ignorant, spineless, demoralised west has let them seize control of it. That’s what now has to end.