Cameron signals that “extremism” is to become catch-all term for dissent

I give you this (via Islamophobia Watch) from the Express:

In a speech to the Community Security Trust, which helps protect the Jewish community from anti-semitic attacks […] Mr Cameron said that extremism was not confined to any particular religious or ethnic group. “During protests against the conflict in Lebanon, we witnessed the nauseating sight of well-scrubbed, middle class English people marching through central London holding placards that read ‘We are all Hizbollah’. That is the extremist mindset in action.”

English people who marched in solidarity with the Lebanese people as they suffered a devastating full-scale assault on their country and recognised their right to defend themselves against invasion = extremists.

But English people who marched in solidarity with the people of Israel as their government bombed civilian infrastructure in Lebanon and invaded the country – not extremists.

In other words, if you give vocal support to those people resisting imperialism and colonialism you are an extremist…

I think Cameron is signalling the direction he would be willing to travel, namely: in future, if you oppose US/UK-backed wars you will be labelled an “extremist”…

And with Cameron, perhaps there will be more UK/US wars, like those in Iraq and Afghanistan. After all, this is a man who has already expressed tacitly his willingness to go along with bombing Iran if the US decides.

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One Response to “Cameron signals that “extremism” is to become catch-all term for dissent”

  1. Seán Says:

    “In other words, if you give vocal support to those people resisting imperialism and colonialism you are an extremist…”

    Looks like I’m an extremist again. Just like when we were the ‘enemy withing’ for supporting striking miners. Just like when we campaigned for Troops Out of Ireland. Just like when we stopped the bastards implementing the poll tax. Just like…

    i think you get the message.


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