William Shakespeare in his play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ said that eventually ‘truth will out’ and this statement is being shown to correct in the latest figures outlining those referred for ‘de -radicalisation’.
The UK government’s ‘Channel’ scheme, designed to divert those the government regards as ‘extremists’ away from dangerous paths is uncovering a significant amount of Jihadi activity in Britain.
According to a report in Breitbart there were 2003 under-18’s referred to Channel, the vast majority of whom were believed to be at risk of Islamic radicalisation.
“Referrals to a British government anti-radicalisation scheme doubled in 2015, according to figures published on Monday.
These figures will no doubt cause surprise in some circles, especially among those who believe that there are only a tiny number of extremists in Britain’sIslamic community. I would ask: Why the surprise? As the number of Muslims increase so does the number of ‘radicals’. It’s not rocket science, the more Muslims in a society and the less that Islam is slapped down, the greater number of those who become inclined towards violence, sedition and treason. Islam is different, Islam is violent, that is plainly obvious to anyone with more than half a brain.
The figures from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPPC), which were released to the BBC, show that 2,003 under-18s were referred to the Channel programme last year, two-thirds of them over concerns they were vulnerable to recruitment by extremist Islamist groups such as Islamic State. A further 525 were referred for reasons related to far-right extremism.
It should be noted that the number alleged to be involved in ‘far right’ extremism is way smaller than those involved in Islamic radicalism. Two thirds of the 2,003 referred were sympathetic to Islamic state and the rest may well be involved in other sinister Islamic groups. Although I have no time for the genuinely racist far right, these figures do show us where the main threat to Britain is coming from. We certainly do not seem to be in grave threat from a few deluded jackboot lickers on the far right, but Britain is most definitely under threat from the followers of Islam.
Channel was set up after the 7 July, 2005 London bombings to coordinate efforts by government agencies to identify children who may be vulnerable recruitment by gangs or extremist groups. The programme gives individuals access to services such as health, education, specialist mentoring and diversionary activities.
This scheme doesn’t seem to be working does it? The number of Islamic radicals is growing and these figures only take into account those who have been referred. There must be many times that number who haven’t yet, or are unlikely to be referred to Channel. If Channel was working you would expect to see a drop in those considered as radicals, but we are not.
According to the NPPC, between 2007 and 2014 there were 3934 referrals to the Channel process, an average of 562 a year. Today’s figures show a dramatic rise in referrals as the war in Syria and so-called Islamic State’s slick online propaganda machine have drawn thousands of western recruits to the Middle East.
This headline figure of 562 per year is probably an undercounting of the true level of Islamic radicalism in the UK. Channel relies on loyal British Muslims reporting their concerns and also on teachers and other public servants making referrals. I think we could easily double or triple the 562 figure to get a more accurate picture of what is going on in Britain’s Islamic communities. There must be many Muslims who don’t report because they may support to a greater or lesser degree Islamic radicalism. There must also be many public servants who err on the side of caution and don’t refer individuals to Channel when they really should be doing so.
Surely, with such a high number of Muslims becoming involved in Islamic radicalism it’s time to put away the delusion that the only problem we face is from a ‘tiny minority of extremists’. We can see by these figures, and by extrapolating from them a more realistic picture, that this minority of violent Muslims is growing day by day. We can’t lie to ourselves any more when it comes to Islam. We need to be honest with ourselves and others and acknowledge that Islam not only contains a lot of violent thugs, but these thugs desire to kill us.
If there is one lesson that the world needs to take from the horrors of the 20th century then it is this. When someone or someone’s ‘holy’ book tells them to kill you, then it is more than prudent to believe it. Every day we encounter Muslims who want us dead because we are Christian, Jewish, gay or whatever, it’s now time to believe them and take the appropriate actions to stop them from doing so.
Full story on the growth of Islamic radicalism from Breitbart