British Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the House of Commons, making his first speech after the horrific Woolwich attack in which a soldier Lee Rigby was slain by a convert Islamist, Michael Adebolajo.
Cameron said that he was willing to do more than just eradicating the epidemic of extremism in the country. He said that he was determined kill off the root cause of extremism instead of just running after people who had already committed acts of violence after being influenced.
“It is not simply enough to target and go after violent extremists after they've become violent. We have to drain the swamp in which they inhabit. And that means looking at the process of radicalisation on our campuses, it means looking at Islamic centres that have been taken over by extremists and gone wrong, it means looking at those mosques, which are struggling to throw out the extremists and to help them in the work they are doing.”
It’s a decent approach towards tackling extremism no doubt but what David Cameron fails to understand here is that all acts of violence being committed in his country do not necessarily originate from one specific ideology or religious extremism. Heinous crimes in Britain, and many would agree, are not just committed from one specific community of extremists. It’s good that he has decided to monitor all Muslim charities and institutes but his approach towards tackling hostility backed by religious extremism is quite narrow.
Though he did mention the English Defense League and their acts to ‘demonize’ Islam, his focus was primarily on Muslim institutes and organizations.
Maybe there is more to just religious extremism. Following the Woolwich incident, dozens of Islamophobic attacks were reported in the UK which were of course not all committed by the EDL alone. So there is something way beyond religious extremism swamps and marshes and David Cameron needs to analyze that for a bit.
You can watch David Cameron’s address to the lawmakers in the video below: