Op-ed: Pig-headed racism and British policy is pushing young Muslims towards Islamic State

Every time the issue of young British Muslims going to Syria is raised, the same question is asked by both the media and the government: Why isn’t the Muslim community doing more to stop these young people joining Islamic State (Isis)?

But while the Muslim community should rightly shoulder some responsibility to address this problem, simply putting all the blame and responsibility at the doors of our community will only risk alienating, marginalising and criminalising a new generation of Muslim youth.

Impressionable young Muslims who are steered towards extremism are British citizens and our government is duty-bound to engage with both them and the leaders of the Muslim community. The solution is not to issue new counter terrorism bills, a strategy which has largely failed.

The fact is some young Muslims feel they are second-class citizens in Britain. Many face inequality and discrimination at work, anti-Muslim hatred and even physical attacks…

…British policy abroad has resulted in some of this, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Gaza. Young people see the hypocrisy of the West standing by dictators like Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who violently removed Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammad Morsi, and has sentenced to death hundreds of his supporters without fair trials…

So what does this twit expect us to do about Egypt? Invade it? He is already complaining about previous invasions.

Furthermore, other invaded non-Muslim countries are not responding like this. Serbia was attacked during the 1990s (over its treatment of Muslims: no thanks given for that) and yet there are no Christian terror groups in the Balkans.  

The same applies to accusations of racism and alienation.  There are many ethnic groups in the UK by now — no doubt some of them are targets of racism, yet only Muslims are responding with violence.

  • Icebow

    Only getting rid of them (by deportation of course) will do, unless they do the ceremony of apostasy.

  • Ed

    Somehow, despite all these terrible experiences in islamophobic hell, its still not bad enough to leave.

    • Frau Katze

      Odd, isn’t it?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Government is not duty bound to engage them.
      It’s up to them to engage society in a proper way.
      Why can’t they leave that victim mentality behind.
      It always seems that they can’t understand taking responsibility for their own actions.

  • no4

    They are poor helpless victim’s. It’s all our fault.

  • Angela Rajic

    “Serbia was attacked during the 1990s (over its treatment of Muslims: no thanks given for that)”

    So we all should have thanked Serbia for mass murder and imprisonment? That seems logical.

    Serbians were killing Christians too you know. Really they were just killing anyone they didn’t like.

    • Minicapt

      As were the Croats and Bosniacs.


      • Angela Rajic

        I know. It was a hot mess on both sides (I speak as a Croatian myself). Not to mention the nice little concentration camp we ran during WWII that nobody remembers.

        Thanks for not biting my head off by the way.

        • Minicapt

          My section at SFOR HQ was civilian-manned: Serbs, Croats and one Bosniac.


    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Holy smokes.
      You totally misunderstood the sentence you quoted.
      It says that there’s apparently no gratitude from muslims for intervening on their behalf when NATO attacked Serbia in the 1990’s.

      • Angela Rajic

        In that case, my sincere apologies for misunderstanding (a real whopper on part). Still from my knowledge, there was a lot of dissent about the bombing from a lot of different factions. But I was just a kid when it happened, and I learned everything in hindsight, so I may be wrong on that count.

  • Canadian

    I`m ok with pushing them towards ISIS.
    I`m not ok with welcoming them back.