Speaking yesterday at a forum organised by the Centre For Independent Studies, Ahmed said: “There is little deradicalisation that happens in Australia and the broader world. Consensus is that it is too difficult and we don’t know how to do it.”
But the idea that jihadi youngsters are instantly radicalised by social media is a furphy, he says. They are already primed for the message, and fuelled by feelings of grievance and victimhood.
My suspicion is that the “radicalized by the internet” excuse has already run its course.
It was bullcrap from the get go and simply the latest effort by apologists to deflect the blame from where it belongs – Islam.