How identity politics is helping Islamists

Jul 7, 2021 by

by Wasiq Wasiq, spiked:

Our paralysing fear of causing offence is stopping us from tackling terrorism.

Today marks a significant date in the British calendar. Sixteen years ago today, on 7 July 2005, four British Islamists carried out a terrorist attack in our capital city. The so-called London Bombings, on ‘7/7’, killed 56 people and left 700 more injured.

There is no escaping the memory of that terrible day – it is burned into our national psyche. There is also no escaping the fact that Islamist terror is not confined to the recent past. It still poses a very serious threat today.

And yet, thanks to identity politics, it is becoming increasingly difficult to call out Islamist terrorism by its name.

Last year, for instance, the National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP) – an organisation that seeks to create stronger links between Muslim officers and the broader police force – sought to prevent the terms ‘Islamist’ and ‘jihadi’ from being used to describe, well, Islamists and jihadis. It claimed that using these terms could stigmatise Muslim communities.

Of course, not all Muslims are terrorists. To think otherwise is racist. But it is also true that not all Muslims are peaceful people. Some do seek conflict. Some do want to force their interpretation of Islam on to others – and these are the people we call Islamists and jihadis.

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