Saturday, February 5, 2011

David Cameron has pledged to make Britain a lot less tolerant towards Islamic extremists who whip up hatred against the West

In a major speech on terrorism, the British Prime Minister argued that Britain has been too passive towards organizations and preachers who poison the minds of young Muslims. Cameron said Britain needs to be less tolerant and more judgemental when faced with ideologies that threaten the country’s basic values. Signalling a major departure from Labor’s softly-softly approach, he suggested that to belong in Britain, individuals must sign up to core values such as freedom of speech, the rule of law and democracy. Cameron pledged to end all public funding for groups which give succour to extremist views and he called for action to ban extremists from radicalizing young people in universities, prisons and Internet chat rooms. His warning comes just days after Britain’s independent reviewer of anti-terrorism laws, Lord Carlile, said that human rights rulings had made Britain a safe haven for suspected foreign terrorists. Cameron also hit out at Labor’s experiment with multiculturalism – calling it a failure. He says society has failed to provide a strong sense of what it means to be British, making it easier for extremists to prey on youngsters seeking something to identify with. Cameron warned fellow European leaders that they cannot tackle terrorism simply by tracking down extremists abroad in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan and must wake up to what is happening in their own countries.

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Average Joe said...