One of Britain’s most senior woman police officers has been on television explaining why she wants to help young British lads from going off the rails. “This is not about criminalising people.” said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball. “It is about preventing tragedies.”
And what is the nature of the delinquency that these young men are in danger of falling into? Drugs? Downloading internet porn?
None of that. These young “British” men are Muslims running off to Syria to take part in the savage civil war there.
About 400 young British Muslims have joined the Jihad to Syria and police say the number of “Syria-related arrests” has increased substantially this year, to 40 between January and March, compared with 25 in the whole of 2013. Some 20 have turned up dead, some get arrested at British airports and some turn up voicing the terrorist videos that are so much part of Islamic warfare.
None of this should have caused any surprise. These young Muslims are doing no more than following the precepts of a religion which encourages adherents to go on Jihad for the glory of the Prophet. But the discovery that Muslims act like Muslims has however, taken the British authorities entirely by surprise. So they have hurriedly formulated a strategy for dealing with this entirely unexpected and baffling phenomenon. Read more