UK: The politics of fear: how Britain’s anti-extremism strategy has failed


"An in-depth review of current political rhetoric is imperative. Our politicians are ethicising and Islamising the question of violent extremism in order to avoid dealing with real issues. The politics of fear must be abandoned. To act against violent extremism does not mean snooping on every single “sign of radicalisation”, or criminalising every individual, or group of individuals involved.

The UK government has created an atmosphere of suspicion and stigmatisation of Muslims. An effect of this will ultimately be to nurture the very radicalisation they wish to eradicate. A re-examination of strategy is required, going beyond security and surveillance, and placing greater emphasis on education, partnership, and the social and political factors at play. Unfortunately we are very far from this goal."


See the article: The politics of fear: how Britain’s anti-extremism strategy has failed (The Guardian, link)

 

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