The tip of the spear 35,000 jihadists are present in UK, about two WWII divisions.

UK’s defence secretary Gavin Williamson said in an interview  that ISIS fighters and other jihadists who take up arms against the Sovereign should be eliminated. He said that they are legitimate targets for the military and that nobody who voluntarily joins an organization or a state which is at war with the United Kingdom, should be allowed back into the country. He’s not alone. Number 10 supported him, stating that this has been the official position for a while. His colleague Rory Stewart MP said a few months back that there’s only one way to deal with all British jihadists who take up arms against the Crown, that is by hunting them down as military targets.

This is a remarkable acknowledgement of reality, and one might wonder why it took so long, for something this evident. The outrage against this is similarly predictable from our liberal media and commentariat class.

It is time to acknowledge what has been blindingly obvious for a while. The United Kingdom, much like the rest of Western Europe, now faces an armed revolt. Like any other revolt ( the BBC likes to call it by the weasel word ‘insurgency’,) it shares the characteristics of armed combatants, sleeper agents in communities and mosques that are fertile breeding grounds for jihadism, the internationalist poisonous ideology which fuels it, as well fellow travelers, apologists in the media and academia, as well as those families of jihadists who are complicit in these crimes. Thomas Hegghammer in his 2016 paper in describing the common fallacy that poverty instigates jihadism, proved that it is not due to poverty or a colonial legacy, but simply one specific religion whose extreme elements are uniquely responsible for this turmoil. Hindus, Sikhs, Gurkhas, Japanese, Koreans, even Russians, are not raping and murdering people or mowing down 12 year olds en masse in the name of religion. According to British estimates, there are around 35,000 jihadists present in UK, almost equal to the size of two WWII divisions.

As Dr Cheryl Benard wrote in her provocative essay last year, there is no way these people will ever feel loyal to the land beneath their feet, nor to any of its values, history, or culture. Some of the extreme elements in these groups consider themselves as the tip of the spear of conquest. Many of their families are no different. It’s logically incoherent and puerile to think that families which voluntarily left Britain to join the Islamic Caliphate, even after knowing what perversity and brutality takes place there, and extensively documented in the international media and on the internet, will someday come back and feel assimilated to this society. They will never do that, and it is time to accept it and get on. That is not to say everyone from one particular religion is an enemy of the state, of course not. But those who voluntarily declare war against their host society, are enemy combatants and should be treated as such, akin to any British fascist supporting the Nazis during second world war.

Insurgency is different from lone wolf terrorism, which as research has proven repeatedly is a myth in itself. There are no lone wolves. Insurgency, similarly needs counter insurgency methods, like those in Malaya or during The Troubles. That means, community monitoring, intelligence infiltration, surveillance, and preemptive strikes against potential perpetrators. Most importantly, it means punitive deterrence against those who dare to take up arms and harm their fellow citizens, not liberal rehabilitation, which is a failed strategy as last the quarter century has shown. The statements from Williamson and Stewart are belated voices of sanity, and are backed by research. Regardless of the inevitable liberal institutional backlash, they must be followed through and reflect a change of strategy.© Salisbury Review

Sumantra Maitra is a doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham. He is also an essayist for several publications including Quillette Magazine, The Federalist, Claremont Review of Books, The National Interest and The National Review. You can reach him on Twitter @MrMaitra. 

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13 Comments on The tip of the spear 35,000 jihadists are present in UK, about two WWII divisions.

  1. Nice essay, but this is news to who exactly? In 1975 I was warned by an Indian friend, a Macaulay’s child if ever there was one, that Britain was allowing in immigrants who were absolutely unsuitable for resettlement into a western civilized country. He explained to me their culture and history of violence, criminality, religious bigotry, etc. The people he was referring to were the muslims, of course. Don’t think for a moment that the true nature of these people was unknown to the Whitehall mandarins, they knew exactly what they were doing. So now you have the current situation, somewhat accurately defined in the article, but no measures of the type he is describing will be taken, TPTB in Britain are way too gutless to contemplate any such actions. The future then is for the situation to get worse, much, much worse.

    • Regarding the warning from your Indian friend, sometime in the mid-seventies I had the same from an Egyptian Copt acquaintance. With no preliminary talk of immigration, he said that Britain was storing up a problem in allowing so many of his fellow countrymen (specifically Muslims) to settle here. He hoped the English would come to their senses. A futile hope, as it has turned out.

  2. When we were at war in 1939 we locked up every single person we considered to be a potential risk. We are at war now as the Defense Secretary quite rightly says, yet we allow the 3000 odd terrorists currently planning atrocities time to plan, and hope that we catch them as they are about to launch an attack. Deport them now – with their families – no redress. There will be some mistakes of course, but they are worth the risk.

  3. “According to British estimates, there are around 35,000 jihadists present in UK, almost equal to the size of two WWII divisions.”

    Taken one step further …. there are millions of Muslims throughout Europe. Witness the violent massing within the Islamic world in response to the Charlie Hebdo PBUH ‘incident’.

    The real problem with the Libtard Intelligentsia is that they truly believe that they will be spared when the final reckoning comes …. as it will. As for their children, and grandchildren, ….. well!

    Dumb ….. or what!

  4. Roger reminds us that the Titanic is sinking and the lifeboats have already left. William suggests that if we bale out with gusto we might yet save the ship. Chris reminds us that the people we must look to for organising such a bale out don’t believe it to be necessary, since in their view the ship isn’t sinking, it’s merely taking on a little water. I want to align with William, but am persuaded by Chris that what needs to be done won’t be done. This leaves Roger trumping William and Verity feeling uncomfortably akin to Captain Smith. Let us pray for those in peril upon the sea.

    • English literary wit – the first and last refuge of the well-educated-but-useless class. Irony is a wasting disease they are particularly susceptible to. It gradually destroys the capacity for decisive action and leaves its victims with the delusion that any threat can be cut down to size with a cleverly crafted piece of innuendo.

      • Sounds like Prof. Correlli Barnett’s definition of the mandarin class in his great book “Audit of War”:
        “Thus in the early 1850s was born the Whitehall mandarin, able to at a touch to transmute life into paper and turn action to stone. Henceforward the British governing elite was to be composed of essay writers rather than problem solvers; minds judicious, balanced and cautious rather than operational and engaged; the temperament of the academic rather than the man of action: And where would such mandarins be recruited other than from Oxford and Cambridge, their original breeding grounds, the cosiest of symbiotic relationships had thus been established”.
        This is the rot.

  5. @ Verity True A fine summation and, yes, let us indeed pray for those in peril; particularly those children whose future expectations of sunlit uplands shall be anything but.

  6. “…but simply one specific religion whose extreme elements are uniquely responsible for this turmoil.”
    In fact it is NOT the “extreme elements” (whatever they are) that are responsible but orthodox Muslims who are following the teaching and lived example of Mohamed.

    “But those who voluntarily declare war against their host society, are enemy combatants and should be treated as such, akin to any British fascist supporting the Nazis during second world war.”
    Not only that we should treat those who facilitated the actual combatants in the same way. That is, ALL those who go and join ISIL or its ilk.

  7. Every single muslim proves they consider we are the enemy and they are at war with us (all non muslims).

    How you might ask?, well, by the fact they all prove they practice warfare lying to disguise the evil history of islam, the evil writings in quran and hadith and their evil agenda for us, and of course to hide the truely evil and perverted facts about muhamad, in black and white in their own mainstream books.

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