London: In an imaginary homeland, the English jihad rises – Multiculturalism’s role in terror

“In the late 1970s, as conflicts over race exploded in rioting and vigilante clashes, the British state manufactured its policy of official multiculturalism. The strategy was simple: the political system outsourced its engagement with ethnic minorities to a new contractor-class. In the United Kingdom’s cities, the state ceded authority to so-called community leaders—often individuals linked to extremist Muslim groups like the Jama’at-e-Islami. The must-watch documentary Undercover Mosque shows how the state ended up financing venomous religious propaganda.

The new generation of Islamists who rose in the 1990s rebelled against these brokers by arguing there could be no justice in a secular-democratic order. The English jihadists’ notion of “we” and “them” stems from the intellectual secession that followed.”

“Ever since the London bombings of 7/7, the United Kingdom has sought to deal with emergence of the virtual Islamic homeland by reinventing multiculturalism—spending millions marketing purportedly moderate, anti-jihadist forms of Islam. This project, however, has simply perpetuated ghettoisation. In a 2006 survey, six of every 100 British Muslims were reported to support the 7/7 bombing; the following year, 25% said the terrorist attack was a government plot.”