Wednesday, June 07, 2017

"Enough Is Enough" Is Not A Solution!

Theresa May and her government has put out a muscle-flexing rhetoric in response to the brutal, saddistic and mad terrorist attack on London Bridge on Saturday night. In her speech on Sunday morning, the Prime Minister, like her usual hollow and visionless statement which is now famous for, spluttered more deceitful sentences, "enough is enough", "there is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country."

So why suddenly did she feel "enough is enough" when she had been in power for seven years and more importantly, presided over the brief that is responsible for policing and counter-terrorism? What tolerance is this and who has tolerated extremism if not her deliberate silence on the impunity and continuous arm supply to the Saudi Arabia?

The tolerance that is now destructive to this country her refusal to publish a report into Saudi Arabia's sponsorship of Wahhabist extremism. She and her govt are the problem and it is them that we should [on Thursday] say enough is enough to.

Mrs May went on to state;
"Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time. But it cannot be defeated through military intervention alone. It will not be defeated through the maintenance of a permanent, defensive counter-terrorism operation, however skilful its leaders and practitioners. It will only be defeated when we turn people’s minds away from this violence – and make them understand that our values – pluralistic, British values – are superior to anything offered by the preachers and supporters of hate."
But the truth is, many in the country has always known that "enough is enough" with military interventions and selling arms to the very country that produced the 9/11 attackers. That is where the country has always said "enough!" Shamefully enough, it's taken so many lives to bring the Prime Minister to think that "military intervention alone" cannot defeat ideology; although the chances of her implementing it is more dream than reality.

Military intervention is no more valid and never a solution. Jeremy Corbyn has been saying this for many years. And that he has seen this long before now makes him more qualified as a Prime Minister with vision than the hollow Mrs May, who probably was sleep-walking when she made the sentences above.

Her second point that;
"we cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet – and the big companies that provide internet-based services – provide."
is utter nonsense and an attempts to distort our freedom. Internet companies are not to be blamed for the fertile breeding ground that the Tory govt has watered and furnished with endless inequalities, cuts to public services, security, incitement of racial segregation, tax injustice through not clamping down on billion Pound-worth of tax evasion, etc.

Regarding her;
"And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online."
Well, it'd have been comforting if the Prime Minister was clear on what she meant by "everything". Because if her "everything" means just the four points she reeled out, none of which is critical policy action lines, then she doesnt mean business at all. it can only be "everything" when she accepts and include rebalancing social injustice which incites institutional discrimination, racism, xenophobia, class advantage among others. Her points are partial and nowhere near to solving this irrational stupid attacks.

It beggars belief that a country that claims to be the 5th or 6th biggest economy, is not prosperous enough to reflect on the lives of most of its citizens; nor is it democratic enough to protect those who face discrimination of all kinds at every point in their lives. Either because they were born in the wrong part of town, to poor parents, have different skin colour, are [descendants of] recent (and by recent we mean in the last 100 years - yes, thats how bad it is) immigrants or from families who have to work hand-to-mouth; indigenes and immigrants alike. That is the reality of today's Britain. And whether scientifically proved or not, there is no how such a lopsided society, in which the poor are getting poorer, cannot be a contributing factor to the reason many of its citizens are falling prey to this ultra-wicked, senseless and brutal ideology and radicalism. That must part of the "everything" or it is nothing.

And that is the Prime Minister's take in the following;

"Yes, that means taking military action to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. But it also means taking action here at home."
Means she is not ready. ISIS is not something military action will solve; try as you can. Because it is not ISIS that is the problem. It is the ideology. If you "destroy ISIS", the ideology will morph into another sect as we saw from al-Qaeda before it. Which makes her following statement right;
"They are bound together by the single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division, and promotes sectarianism."
Thus an ideology cannot be bombed out unless you go for a 'genocide' of some sort. But in the world of today, and with what has so far be proven, ISIS or its ideology are not contained in one geographical location and as such, even a 'genocide' will not work. And I am against genocide even on ISIS and its people.

An ideology can only be thwarted or reversed by nipping it in the bud: i.e. solving those problems that lead people to listen to or believe it in the first place. In essence, you want do the things that will provide an alternative comfort to those people considering the wrong ideology. This is hard truth and one that can earn the advocates of it like me accusation of supporting terrorism but still, it has to be said. So no to the Prime Minister's believe that;
"That will require some difficult and often embarrassing conversations."
Not just UK, but all the countries being besieged by terrorism based on ideology has one thing in common, albeit not very clear or talked about, but they share the fact that social inequality is deeply ingrained in the society and divisions are common with advantages leaning away from mostly minorities, although even among the majority, there are minorities within whom also could fall prey.

The last and very important, and which holds the key to most of the above is the extent to which politicians like the Prime Minister herself exploit those disadvantages that has affected the poor and vulnerable by claiming to speak to them just only to gain power. Donald Trump successfully exploited the same in the USA by stroking the fears of those left behind by globalisation whom now he seem not to do anything for because he cannot by going through the isolationist route he imagined. Politicians must refrain from exploiting people's fears through dividing communities. Politicians must end the behaviour or creating and heaping blames on some communities for poor policy decisions they made. It is irresponsible.

So Theresa May, "enough is enough" is all but rhetoric if it doesnt address the divisions, the blames, the 'them and us', easy political slogans. Immigrants are not to blame for lack of housing or poor funding of the NHS. Muslims are not to blame for terrorism. Eastern Europeans are not to blame for poor and exploitative wages and labour conditions. The elderly are not to blame for poorly funded social care. Pensioners are not to blame for the housing crisis that has befallen the young. Young people who wants to do flexible jobs are not to blamed for poor quality jobs and unregulated gig economy. All this divide and rule, some of which the Prime Minister has employed at various times to posture as having a solution to the failing society she and her party have presided over is the reason we have more and more divided communities and thus fertilising the ground for radicalisation to succeed.

So, "enough is enough" is to the Prime Minister. Stop the divide and rule, stop the fuitless military intervention, stop the pampering and supplying of arms to Saudi Arabia to kill innocent people in Yemen; and finally, stop trying to steal more of our rights in the name of counter-terrorism. Solving inequality would do more to stop radicalisation than more encroachment into our freedom because as you have seen, attack can happen with or without internet and technology. Terrorism is not new.

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