Monday, April 13, 2009

Defining extremism

The Policy Exchange think tank in the UK has just published a report, Choosing our friends wisely, that reviews British policy for countering extremist Muslim ideology and finds it severely flawed.

One major drawback it identifies "is the premise that non-violent extremists can be made to act as bulwarks against violent extremists." As a result, "Some of the government's chosen collaborators in 'addressing grievances' of angry young Muslims are themselves at the forefront of stoking those grievances against British foreign policy; western social values; and alleged state-sanctioned 'Islamophobia.'"

The report is chock-full of information and pulls no punches; good job by Policy Exchange. (Thanks to Jeff).

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