‘Alienated’ young swayed on ideals
IT is clear that radicalisation is affecting young people. Just look at Jihadi John, the three girls from Tower Hamlets or teenage suicide bomber Talha Asmal.
Many factors radicalise individuals and push them towards extremism.
Ideology is part of it, as well as Britain’s foreign policy and leading role in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But you also need to look at these people’s family lives, financial stability, alienation from society and the rise in Islamophobia.
Daesh often give young people struggling with these issues a very sweeping, warped understanding of the world and an easy way to fix it.
I call young people, Muslim and non-Muslim, the forgotten voices of this country. Even in our British democracy the youth are not given the voice they deserve.
So you can see how the negative empowerment – but empowerment nonetheless – peddled by Daesh appeals to them. One terrorist attack on British soil is one attack too many, so therefore we do have a problem.
But ask most British Muslims and they can’t understand why somebody born in this country, living here, would want to go out and take lives. It’s something that shocks everybody as human beings.