Mark Collins – The Fight Against the Caliphate, or, Imagine if PM Harper Said This

One is certain the usual suspect circles in Canada would get their knickers thoroughly knotted:


The [French] Socialist prime minister, Manuel Valls, said on Sunday [June 28] the world was engaged in a war against terrorism. He told iTele: “We cannot lose this war because it’s fundamentally a war of civilisation. It’s our society, our civilisation that we are defending.”..

Via Norman Spector on twitter.  See also the latter part of this recent post on Canada’s contribution to the fight.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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2 thoughts on “Mark Collins – The Fight Against the Caliphate, or, Imagine if PM Harper Said This”

  1. And note UK plans:

    ‘Cameron backing counter-extremism strategy marks a fundamental shift

    Analysis: Theresa May’s drive against ‘non-violent extremists’ will mean acting against individuals and groups based on ideas and not actions

    David Cameron is to press ahead with Theresa May’s controversial counter-extremism strategy which includes blacklisting “extremists” from appearing on the airwaves and speaking at universities…

    The prime minister told the BBC’s Today programme on Monday [June 29] it was time to recognise that non-violent extremists could provide a “gateway” to terrorism and said it was time public bodies and civil society refused to engage with “anyone whose views condone the Islamist extremist narrative”. There had to be some basic rules over who was and was not beyond the pale.

    “We have to deal with this appalling radical narrative that’s taking over the minds of young people in our country,” he said, drawing comparisons to the “battle against communism during the cold war”. The prime minister hinted that the first non-violent group to be banned could be Hizb ut-Tahrir,

    [more here http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/hizb-ut-tahrir.htm
    and here http://www.hizb.org.uk/ ]

    which was first targeted by Tony Blair in 2005…’
    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/29/cameron-backing-theresa-may-counter-extremism-strategy-fundamental-shift

    Mark Collins

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