Hundreds of British teenagers are in danger of being radicalised by Islamic State (Isis) because they see the terrorists as “pop idols”, the country’s leading Muslim prosecutor has said.
Nazir Afzal believes that recent departures to Syria show that “many more children” are at risk of what he terms “jihadimania” than was previously thought.
“The boys want to be like them and the girls want to be with them,” he said. “That’s what they used to say about the Beatles and more recently One Direction and Justin Bieber. The propaganda the terrorists put out is akin to marketing, and too many of our teenagers are falling for the image.
“They see their own lives as poor by comparison, and don’t realise they are being used. The extremists treat them in a similar way to sexual groomers – they manipulate them, distance them from their friends and families, and then take them.”
In typical apologist fashion not once is Islam mentioned as a possible cause of radicalization, ISIS is of course dismissed as “Not Islamic” and of course the children lived in a vacuum before suddenly becoming Islamized on the internet.
I don’t disagree with the Pop Idol premise, I am appalled that he implies Islam appears to have little to do with becoming a devout Muslim.
To think that he was head of the Crown’s prosecution service in North West England…