When it comes to the challenge of dealing with rooting out extremism amid a growing Muslim population, British Prime Minister David Cameron is prepared to take a much tougher stance than President Obama.
In response to the deadly attack by a local Kuwait-born Muslim in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left four Marines and a sailor dead, Obama continued his habit of treading lightly, saying “it is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion.”
The president said nothing in his initial remarks about home grown jihadists, and did not name the shooter, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, referring to him as “a lone gunman” instead.
In contrast, the British media reported Sunday on an upcoming “major speech” by Cameron in which he’ll announce a five-year plan to tackle extremism, pointing to British values as their “strongest weapon” in the fight, according to The Telegraph.
The British newspaper reported:
Muslims who travel to the Middle East for the “glamour” of jihad will become nothing more than “cannon fodder” for terrorists, David Cameron will warn this week.
The “sick and brutal reality” is that young men will be used as suicide bombers, while women who join the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will face horrific abuse, the Prime Minister will say.
Early excerpts of the speech say Cameron “was no longer prepared to stand by and allow ‘poisonous’ and ‘twisted’ narrative pushed by extremists to go unchallenged,” the Telegraph said.
“We have to attack directly this Islamist extremist ideology that is poisoning young minds, including young minds in Britain and America,” the prime minister said in an interview Saturday with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
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“These are unacceptable views. We’ve got to call them out and confront them,” he said. “We’ve got to defeat the narrative of extremism, even when it’s not connected to the violence.”
At least the British public can take solace in the fact that their leader is willing to call the enemy what it is — meanwhile, across the pond, Americans are still waiting on Obama to utter the term “Islamic extremism.”
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