The individuals attached to the radicalization of the Woolwich killers were not unabashed advocates of terrorism, but so-called “soft Islamists” – afforded money and responsibility by the government in the vain hope that “non-violent” extremists would temper the more visible consequences of violent extremists. In truth, “moderate” Islamism seems to act as a “conveyor belt” to violent Islamism.
The greatest obstacle remains the failure of government, media and academia to accept that some “moderate” Islamists are frequently the cause, and Adebowale merely the symptom.
Separating violent Islam from its peaceful twin won’t be easy – Britain’s urging of moderation is hampered by ideology common to both
Britain seeks to conduct an interesting surgical procedure. Extremely difficult to perform, it is the equivalent of separating Siamese twins.
Success or failure rests on where the twins are connected. Britain is the surgeon; the patient is a major religion. While the proposed surgical approach seeks to eliminate one twin suffering from an affliction of violence, the surgeon seems unaware the surviving twin suffers from the same affliction.