The British government's new CounterExtremism strategy follows the typical pattern that sees European freedom being continually suppressed further thanks to the presence of non-Europeans. The irrational principle of non-discrimination means that our rulers consider it improper to single out a specific group for targeted action even when they are the obvious source of a unique problem; thus jihad Evil is subsumed into a generic problem called "extremism" and conflated with the resistance to it. The people who warned that allowing brown people into Europe would cause problems are "extremists who sow division between our communities" even though their predictions have been fully borne out by events. So, to appear fair, the measures intended to mitigate those problems also target those who correctly predicted them. Here are some extracts from the strategy document:
Islamist extremism is not the only threat, as seen by the vicious actions of a number of extreme right-wing and neo-Nazi groups. In 2013 Mohammed Saleem, an 82 year old British Muslim from Birmingham, was murdered by Pavlo Lapshyn, an extreme right fanatic who went on to bomb mosques in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton.
In January 2015, Zack Davies attempted to murder Dr Sarandev Bhambra in a raciallymotivated attack in a supermarket in North Wales, and was sentenced to life in prison. He had claimed the attack was ‘revenge for Lee Rigby’, and extreme-right publications were found at his home.
The Government is determined that such violence, and the Islamophobia that underpins it, will be defeated and perpetrators brought to justice.
Many hate crimes are motivated by extremist ideologies, often propagated by individuals who make a careful effort to stay just within existing legal parameters, exploiting the very freedoms they claim to despise in order to undermine our society.
• videos by one Islamist extremist have been viewed more than 5,000 times on YouTube, including his claim that unbelievers (or ‘Kufaar’) are “not worth anything, less than an ant, less than an insect, less than a dog. A dog has more honour than a Kafir and at least the dog he’s loyal to you.”
• videos by one extreme right group, viewed more than 59,000 times, argues that “The only viable option on the table… is to remove Islam from Britain.”
• one video, viewed more than 3,000 times, features an extreme right-wing speaker online arguing publicly that Jews were behind “a conspiracy to alter the ethnic make-up of Britain. A conspiracy committing genocide against the white people. A conspiracy to exterminate the white people.”
• another video, viewed more than 9,000 times, shows a speaker at an anti-Muslim rally in Newcastle describing Islam as a “disgusting, backward, savage, barbarian, supremacist ideology masquerading as a religion.”
A range of extremists in the UK promote hatred of others and justify violence, even if they do not act violently themselves. UK-based Islamist extremists reject democracy and glorify actions by extremist groups such as ISIL. While not directly encouraging participation in violence (which would be illegal), they carefully portray violence as inevitable in achieving the desired end state required by their ideology.
Similarly, the rhetoric used by extreme right-wing groups and speakers is often characterised by violent language. Groups speak of the existence of a ‘race war’ and the need to ‘smash’ their opponents, and even of ‘white jihad’. Their propaganda often uses the imagery of contemporary and historic terrorist and paramilitary groups. For example: “If you fancy smashing Antifascist vermin with bricks, join the white gang and contact us.”
A neo-Nazi group with more than 1,500 followers on Twitter.
“You’re living in the West. Unlike us, you’re blessed that you can cause terror in the hearts … of the Kufaar , … So rise up my brothers, rise up.”
The video of a Syria-based UK terrorist, viewed over 55,000 times.
The police have a range of powers to deal with extremists. However these powers are neither comprehensive nor are they always flexible enough to respond to the risk. For example it is not currently possible to ban groups which stir up racial hatred, or to stop the activities of extremists who deliberately set out to sow divisions between communities and encourage young people to reject the fundamental values and institutions on which our society is based.
We will therefore introduce new powers to: ban extremist organisations that promote hatred and draw people into extremism; restrict the harmful activities of the most dangerous extremist individuals; and restrict access to premises which are repeatedly used to support extremism.
There's also been talk on television of "extremists" being banned from posting things on the internet though I can't find any specific reference to that in the document.
As ever, when European free speech is being suppressed, the usual suspects are involved.
The UK government consulted a leading Jewish security group in its latest bid to tackle extremism, which was announced today.
The government spoke to leaders at the Community Security Trust ahead of announcing its new counter-extremism strategy – which will specifically target extremist Islamist and neo-Nazi hate.
The strategy, which was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May today, has been developed to tackle violent and non-violent forms of hate – and specifically target the leaders of radical groups.
Mrs May noted that extremist groups who spread antisemitism would be hit by the government initiative.
Mark Gardner, CST director of communications, said: “We are pleased that the government’s counter-extremism strategy acknowledges the role played by antisemitism in extremist ideology and the need to tackle antisemitic hate crime as part of its overall strategy.
"We will continue to work with Government to play our part in combating the extremism that threatens everybody in our society, and that poses a specific threat to Jewish communities.”