Despite almost three times as many British Muslims serve in the ranks of ISIS than Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, the central government’s nation-wide plan to de-radicalize homegrown Islamic jihadists is “bursting at the seams” and apparently on the verge of falling apart.
As reported by the Breitbart.com news portal and the Express newspaper (of London, Great Britain) both on Aug. 29, 2015, the island nation’s officially titled “Channel programme” is collapsing under its own weight.
Initially founded to counter British born and bred Muslims who embrace the call for violent jihad, the Channel programme is now foundering due to British police receiving nearly 100 tips per week of Islamists in our midst. With statistics surrendered by the government only after Freedom of Information laws were enforced did the news come to the surface of just how overloaded Britain’s anti-terrorist task forces really are.
For the entirety of 2014, only 1,681 tips were given to law enforcement. But during the first five months of 2015 alone, a whopping 2,015 cases were reported to police.
According to Haras Rafiq, Managing Director and Executive Board Member at the counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam, the figures are not a surprise. He explained: “I’m not surprised. Islamic State’s propaganda and social media strategy is second to none. The programme is bursting at the seams and it is going to get worse before it gets better. More mentors are needed urgently.”
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Despite the London government seeking to fight jihad by way of mentoring, more than a few Brits have been calling on the government for something a bit more sure. Especially since the grisly 2013 public execution of Drummer Lee Rigby of the Royal Fusiliers at the hands of two self-avowed Islamic jihadists, many Britons have taken to the streets demanding government do something more concrete, such as the death penalty being reinstated or stripping their citizenship then deporting jihadists and those who support them.