We need to get real about Islamist terrorism

Nov 20, 2021 by

by Rakib Ehsan, spiked:

Political correctness is warping our response to this threat.

The bomb blast outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital last weekend has thrust the terror threat in Britain today back into the spotlight.

The suspect who died in the explosion – 32-year-old Emad al-Swealmeen – had first failed in his application for asylum in 2014. During his stay in the UK, he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act for six months over a knife-related incident. Having supposedly converted from Islam to Christianity in 2017, his case has shed light on previous warnings made by senior Church of England clerics that some Muslim asylum seekers were trying to become Christian converts in order to avoid deportation from the UK to Muslim-majority countries where they could be charged with apostasy.

Following the Liverpool terror blast and the recent killing of MP Sir David Amess, the national terror threat has been raised from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’ – meaning that the authorities believe that another terrorist attack is ‘highly likely’ to take place in the UK.

So, what is fuelling ideological extremism in the UK? And what can be done by the UK government to counter the spread of extremism and enhance national security?

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