Melanie Phillips: Until our leaders admit the true nature of Islamic extremism, we will never defeat it

Following the barbaric slaughter of Drummer Rigby on the streets of Woolwich by two Islamic fanatics Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson wasted no time getting to the nearest microphone and making idiotic statements:

Melanie Phillips writes in The Daily Mail:

Cameron says he will crack down on such extremism. Yet after the Woolwich atrocity, he claimed it was ‘a betrayal of Islam’ and that ‘there is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act’.

Then London Mayor Boris Johnson went even further, claiming: ‘It is completely wrong to blame this killing on the religion of Islam’ and that the cause was simply the killers’ ‘warped and deluded mindset’.

Yet the video footage of the killers — who had shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ when butchering Drummer Rigby — records one of them citing verses in the Koran exhorting the faithful to fight and kill unbelievers, and declaring: ‘We swear by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.’

Frankly, these comments by the Prime Minister and London Mayor were as absurd as saying the medieval Inquisition, for example, had nothing to do with the Catholic Church, but was just the product of a few warped and deluded individuals.

Their comments were also deeply troubling. For if politicians refuse to acknowledge the true nature of this extremism, they will never counter it effectively.

But then, government officials have always refused to admit that this is a religious war. They simply don’t understand the power of religious fanaticism.

It seems to be a regular thing that ordinary people understand events better than exalted government officials, politicians and so-called “leaders.”

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