This country appears to have a major problem in identifying good role models for some young Muslim men – or so the Government believes. Certainly, the YouTube footage of young Britons all dressed up to kill in Iraq tells its own story: for several hundred of our citizens, murder in the desert brings validation in ways that pushing paper into a ballot box at home can’t seem to match.
These crackpot young killers are, of course, demented, but they are also very dangerous. More than that, they are the product of failure on a heroic scale, emerging from British neighbourhoods and British schools with a hatred of rationality, reason and suffrage.
Doubtless there are complex reasons for this, and no single cause can plausibly bear all the blame for these young people’s descent into nihilism and violence. But one thing we should certainly look at is the mixed messages they receive, and the harm these can do.
But we can also look…to David Cameron’s recently announced “review” of the Muslim Brotherhood. This is headed by Sir John Jenkins, our ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which, of course, has its own powerful reasons for detesting democracy.
What was absent was any acknowledgment that just over two years ago, the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party had overwhelmingly won a free and fair election, only to be overthrown in a military coup 12 months later. Democracy had come at last to Egypt, but when the army kicked it down, we didn’t hear too much gnashing of teeth in the citadels of freedom in the West…
Related: Deutsche Welle is entranced by the MB too, but that is more predictable.
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Oddly enough, there still seems to be no majority for returning to Morsi in Egypt. True, it would have been better to wait for an election and vote him out, but perhaps people were afraid on the damage he would do if allowed to stay that long. One thing is clear: the majority wanted him out.
Remember, this is not a country used to elections–they could not draw on previous times the Muslim Brotherhood had been power, since this was a first. The voters gave (by a slim majority) the MB a chance and they were simply a disaster.
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