Getting real about terrorism
The time is surely long past for the Western political class to publicly and fully acknowledge the link between immigration and terrorism
It can happen that a politician unintentionally acknowledges an uncomfortable truth, a truth he has spent his political career more or less denying. David Cameron, hosting a conference in London on Somalia, says that failure to deal with the Islamic insurgency in the country will eventually have terrorist repercussions in Britain.
But why should an Islamic insurgency in Somalia have terrorist security issues for Britain?
The answer is obviously Somali immigration. When the mainstream political class lecture the public on the benefits of immigration, they delicately sidestep the issue of terrorism. But the immigration-terrorism link is becoming extremely serious for all of us in the West.
The Royal United Services Institute says there are about fifty British nationals currently engaged in terrorist training in Somalia. Meanwhile, Andrew Mitchell MP says there are more British passport holders engaged in terrorist training in Somalia than in any other country in the world.
The Syrian conflict also has its British jihadist contingent. Security concerns in Britain centre on the terrorist training and extreme Islamist ideology these British Muslims might well bring back to Britain. According to British law, these highly trained activists are perfectly free to re-enter Britain when they feel like doing so. They may be questioned by British security, they may be watched, but according to our liberal legal values they are entitled to the same freedom the two Boston bombers enjoyed in the US.
One of the startling facts about the Boston bombing case is that the security authorities were actually aware for some time of the terrorist connections of one of the bombers. Yet it seems that nothing was done to protect the public.
It may sound cynical to say this, but if you were a limbless victim of the Boston outrage, you might well believe that, today in the West, the human rights of terrorists to move freely among law-abiding citizens take precedence over the citizen’s right not to be blown to bits.
The reluctance of Western mainstream politicians to openly admit to the public that immigration is a major security concern is part of the wider liberal commitment to never-ending immigration. To admit a connection between immigration and jihadism would explode the “immigration is good” myth that the liberal political class have been peddling to an increasingly outraged public for years.
Interestingly however, liberal refusal to admit that immigration is a problem is not shared by the Islamists themselves. Melanie Phillips, in her book Londonistan, quotes Imam Abu Baseer, one of the leading religious supporters of al-Qaeda:
“One of the goals of immigration is the revival of the duty of jihad and enforcement of their power over the infidels. Immigration and jihad go together. One is the consequence of the other and dependent upon it.”
The time is surely long past for the Western political to class publicly and fully acknowledge the link between immigration and terrorism. The rise of UKIP in Britain may well signal a move to realism and force a confrontation on the issue.
The journalist Christopher Caldwell points out, Western politicians are extremely reluctant to face up to the problem. He quotes one politician: “The first thing that has to be done is to keep migration separate from terrorism.”
But as Caldwell further points out: “Migration, in fact, has a lot to do with terrorism. This is part of what makes terrorism so difficult to fight.”
Vincent Cooper is a freelance writer with a particular interest in philosophy, mathematics, and economics
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