Theresa May stepped outside 10 Downing Street on 4th June, to state the following:
‘We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change and they need to change in 4 important ways.’
May blamed the recent terror attacks on ‘the single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism, that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism. It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights, are incompatible with the religion of Islam.’
She then outlined a plan of resolve:
‘It will only be defeated when we turn peoples’ minds away from this violence and make them understand that our values – pluralistic values – are superior to anything offered by the preachers and supporters of hate. We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet and big companies that provide internet services, provide. We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyber-space, to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning.
And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online. While we need to deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online, we must not forget about the safe spaces that continue to exist in the real world. Yes, that means taking military action to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but it also means taking action, here at home.
There is, to be frank, far too much extremism in this country, so we need to become far more robust in identifying it and stamping it out across the public sector and across society.’
May’s speech lasted 7 minutes 42 seconds, a day after 3 men took to the streets of London on a knife-wielding, unrelenting stabbing spree; in the name of Allah. Every second of that speech missed the mark. May’s speech was primarily focused on launching an offensive against the internet (another bottomless ideological war), with any mention of tackling ‘home’ threat, espousing the usual, meaningless, philsophical fluff.
Our goverment officially recognises this Islamist threat to be imported, influenced and imbibed everywhere else, but Britain. May stood in front of the nation to emphasise repeatedly that total disregard and desecration of life we’ve witnessed during the Westminster, Manchester and London attacks; take divine inspiration in ‘cyber-space.’ I envisage cyber-space terrorism and conjure up an image of a jihadi hitting the ‘destruct’ button on his/her facebook account, gleefully rubbing his/her palms as they watch cars plough into people.
Except that’s not how terror operates.
Cars driven by people ram into other people. Knives held by people slice into other people. Guns triggered by human fingers rip holes into hearts.
Such savages don’t live in a theoretical, virtual world – unlike May and every other priviledged, elite politician , far removed from the hubs of hate found in every city across Britain; in a plurality of local mosques, madrassahs, Islamic schools and centres. Inside of which the germination of indoctrination has long been granted autonomy.
I don’t deny that in this era of globalisation, a free-flow and exchange of ideas, easy access to material online and instant ability to conspire and collude with ‘shaheed’ (martyr) hopefuls, in any dilapidated, Lebanese hovel through a single text message – that ‘cyberism’ is not relevant. But it’s the apparent conviction that pursuing a crackdown of cyber-terrorist activities mitigates the stream of blood we’ve witnessed these past few months.
May’s speech missed the mark. Not as much as a 2009 Government-approved inspection of Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham, which praised the school for its tolerance of other religions and for promoting tolerance and harmony in society. Dubbed the ‘Eton of Islam’, Darul Uloom school is one representative of ‘Darul Ulooms’ – world renowned institutions designed to produce the next generation of Muslim leaders. Future Muslim leaders ingrained from the age of 5 upwards with the notion that those who adopt western ways would find themselves tortured in hell for eternity.
This government-approved school was exposed by Dispatches in their 2011 documentary ‘Lessons in hatred and violence’, as actively instrumental in edifying a parallel anti-western system. Children were filmed sitting on the floor as their teachers schooled them in the vile ways of the west, telling them point-blanc to not be like the non-Muslims.
Britain’s internal enemy.
The Dispatches programme revealed little children, not yet old enough to own a laptop, let alone understand what ‘cyber-space’ terrorism is, with direct and daily access to their sources of terror. Average Imams, teachers and local community leaders desensitising hatred, intolerance and consequently jihadism.
Terrorism is their normality.
The single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism, that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism. It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights, are incompatible with the religion of Islam.
Enough is enough, May also emphasises in this speech. Yet the resolve is to shut down the Darul Ulooms of Britain, to assimiliate Muslim babes and children into a mandatory, mixed education system.
And to stop giving the very institutions that teach its incumbents to despise and destroy the very values our ancestors willingly shed their blood to preserve, a pat on the back.
Enough is enough.
Truly it is.
Knowing where to root out the defect tends to help.
*Find below some articles written about the scandal, in addition to OFSTED reports of the Birmingham Darul Uloom school*