Europol: ‘UK is the cause of EU-wide Islamic terrorism’
Cranmer does not wish to revisit the rightness or otherwise of these foreign policy decisions, or the argument that such policies may have contributed to the radicalisation of many young Muslims, but instead wishes to focus on the fact that a foreign chief of police is insisting that Britain's foreign policy is to blame for EU-wide terror attacks, and that these conflicts are being used as a tool to recruit disaffected Muslim youngsters throughout Europe to the extremist cause. Herr Ratzel said: ‘The perceived oppression of Islam or the presence of “foreign” troops in Islamic lands is often invoked as justification for the execution of terrorist acts in several parts of the world, such as Chechnya, Kashmir, Iraq or Afghanistan.’
Well, Herr Ratzel, there is a perceived oppression of the United Kingdom with the meddling interference of ‘foreign’ civil servants in sovereign affairs of state. And when we hear the director of Europol - some self-important agent to whose law-enforcement authority the British people have never given their assent - pontificating upon matters political and embarrassing elected politicians, it is a foretaste of the EU’s aspirations to statehood, and police statehood at that.
And one wonders why Herr Ratzel has not bothered to mention that Denmark, Italy, and Poland also have troops in Iraq. Why has he singled out the United Kingdom? And why does he not mention the involvement of the UN in Afghanistan? And what of Islamist atrocities in the EU which are not linked the Iraq, such as the assassination of Theo Van Gogh? And what of other jihadi pursuits across Asia, from India to Thailand, Indonesia to the Philippines? What is driving this radicalisation, Herr Ratzel? Should the whole world just amend its foreign policy and submit to Islamist terrorist demands?
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