Prevent: a very risky strategy

In recent weeks, there has been much attention paid to, and some considerable opprobrium poured on, the UK government’s latest version of its Prevent strategy. Prevent is one part of the four Ps (the others are Pursue, Protect and Prepare), originally framed within CONTEST – the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy. CONTEST – driven by a dawning recognition of the problems posed by homegrown terrorism – was first published in 2006, the year after the 7/7 London bombings, and (together with Prevent) has undergone significant revisions since, including: to demand adherence to specific values; to differentiate and broaden its remit; and to monitor outcomes more rigorously.

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  • ontario john

    The only prevention policy the West should have is preventing them from coming back. After all, if they do become terrorists life will become good for them in Saudi Arabia. The Saturday Toronto Star is all excited about how terrorists are treated in Saudi Slavery. There terrorists can enjoy resort like conditions with many perks showered upon them including paid visits by terrorist families, generous welfare benefits, and great recreational facilities. And of course a university professor in the States thinks this is great. Meanwhile in the regular prisons half the inmates are from other countries for not following Saudi Slavery policies.

    • Cripes.

    • Linda1000

      Yes, well those Saudi haram art classes don’t work so well in reforming terrorists from Gitmo as most of them promptly rejoin their old terrorist fighting groups like Al Qaeda or another one immediately upon release from their spa detention facilities.

  • tom_billesley

    This strategy is too complicated to work. Exile is simpler.