ISIS: We must have confidence In ourselves if we are to win


sidebar.jpgStatement by Peter Whittle, UKIP Culture Spokesman:

Nigel Farage's call this week for British Islamic State jihadists to be stripped of their citizenship has rightly drawn huge public support. Again, he has shown himself to be more in touch with public opinion than all the political class combined.

With surprising frankness The Times, in a leading article this week, said: 'For fear of upsetting what is seen as a delicate multicultural balance, Britain has allowed itself to become an exporter of terror.'

When there have been atrocities in recent times, maintaining that 'delicate balance' has often appeared to be the top priority. Politicians and the media alike have done this by strongly emphasising the extremism of the few and the moderation of the overwhelming majority.

The speed with which this has been done has betrayed an unjustified lack of faith in the British public on the part of the establishment. The public has always shown itself perfectly capable of making a clear distinction between the moderate mainstream and an extremist minority.

However there is a growing, palpable and understandable sense of frustration at the lack of protest from the wider Muslim community at the acts committed in the name of Islam. There was a large Muslim presence in the recent Gaza demonstrations, yet there have been no similar protests against the unspeakable acts carried out by IS.

The fact that the beheading of James Foley this week was carried out by a British jihadist, and that at least 500 British jihadists are now in Iraq and Syria, makes a vocal and public rejection of these acts all the more urgent.

A few Muslim leaders have spoken out, but there needs to be much, much more: a strong, unequivical message from ordinary Muslims that such extremist brutality is indeed 'Not in Our Name.'

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