SHAFAQNA -Â Young Muslims are drawn to fundamentalist Islam in the same way young Germans were attracted to fascism in the 20th century, David Cameron will suggest today, as he sets out a five-year strategy to combat Isis-inspired radicalization.
In a speech in Birmingham, PM Cameron will say Islamic extremist ideology is based on the same intolerant ideas of â€œdiscrimination, sectarianism and segregationâ€ that led to the rise of Hitler and that still exist in the far right.
He will also reject suggestions that Western foreign policy has contributed to the rise of Isis and its popularity among Muslim populations in the West, arguing that such extremism existed long before the Iraq war.
The Prime Minister will also announce details of a new drive to promote integration led by the Governmentâ€™s â€œtsarâ€ for troubled families, Louise Casey. This will include addressing issues around integration, language and employment and learning from â€œpast mistakesâ€ where government funding was â€œsimply handedâ€ over to â€œself-appointed â€˜community leadersâ€™â€ who â€œsometimes used it in a divisive wayâ€.
Downing Street said Cameron was determined to make tackling Islamic extremism in Britain a central priority over the next five years with a comprehensive strategy that involved not just the police and the criminal justice system but also â€œsofter interventionsâ€ to tackle the root causes of radicalization.
However he is likely to face criticism for the tough language in the speech from some in the Muslim community who have warned it could play into the hands of extremists.
Addressing the threat posed by radical Islam in Britain Mr Cameron is expected to say that for â€œall our successes as a multiracial, multi-faith democracyâ€ Britain faces the â€œstruggle of our generationâ€ to counter extremist ideology.
â€œWhat we are fighting in Islamist extremism is an ideology,â€ he will say.
â€œIt is an extreme doctrine and like any extreme doctrine, it is subversive. [It] subscribes to intolerant ideas which create a climate in which extremists can flourish.
â€œIdeas which are hostile to basic liberal values such as democracy, freedom and sexual equality. Ideas which actively promote discrimination, sectarianism and segregation. Ideas â€“ like those of the despicable far right â€“ which privilege one identity to the detriment of the rights and freedoms of others.â€
Cameron will argue that such a â€œwarped world viewâ€ leads to conclusions that 9/11 was â€œactually inspired by Mossad to provoke the invasion of Afghanistanâ€ and that the British security services knew about 7/7, but â€œdidnâ€™t do anything about it because they wanted to provoke an anti-Muslim backlashâ€.
He will say that extreme views can gain traction â€“ especially with the young. â€œLike so many ideologies that have existed before â€“ whether fascist or communist â€“ many people, especially young people, are being drawn to it,â€ he will say. â€œSo we need to understand why it is proving so attractive.â€
Cameron will reject claims that support for Isis is formed on the basis of â€œhistoric injustices and recent wars, because of poverty and hardshipâ€. Instead he will argue that the â€œroot cause of the threat we face is the extremist ideology itselfâ€.
â€œLike any extreme doctrine, it can seem energising, especially to young people,â€ he will say. â€œThey are watching videos that eulogise Isil (Isis) as a pioneering state taking on the world that makes celebrities of violent murderers.
â€œSo people today donâ€™t just have a cause in Islamist extremism in Isil, they now have its living and breathing expression.â€
Mr Cameron will add that â€œadherentsâ€ of radical Islam are â€œoverpowering other voices within Muslim debate, especially those trying to challenge itâ€.
â€œThere are so many strong, positive Muslim voices being drowned out,â€ he will add.
Mr Cameron will suggest that if the ideology is tackled then the â€œright approach for defeating this extremism followsâ€.
Downing Street said Mr Cameron would use the speech to set out his â€œblueprintâ€ of how to achieve this.