Tory prime minister David Cameron has declared that members of Isis, the Islamist group that is advancing through Iraq, are doing more than just “taking territory”.
He claimed “they are also planning to attack us here at home in the United Kingdom.” He went on to say “The estimates are now that this is a greater threat to the UK than the return of jihadists from the Afghanistan or Pakistan region.”
The Tories want to use the crisis in Iraq to whip up fears of a new terror threat from Muslims at home.
Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police’s assistant commissioner and head of specialist operations, joined Cameron’s propaganda campaign.
She told the BBC she was “afraid” that “we will be living with the consequences of Syria—from a terrorist point of view, let alone the world, geopolitical consequences—for many, many, many years to come.”
They claim that over 400 Muslims have travelled to Syria to fight and are a threat here in Britain when they return. But they have given no evidence for these claims.
The media was dominated last weekend with the story of two young Muslim brothers from Cardiff, Nasser and Aseel Muthana, who took part in a video in Syria urging other Muslims to come and join the fight.
Muslims who want to fight Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship in Syria and now the government in Iraq are being portrayed as the major problem.
The politicians and police never consider the feeling of injustice and persecution that leads young men to want to go and fight.
Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s sectarian regime is a product of Western intervention. He has asked for the West to carry out air strikes to support his government.
The US secretary of state John Kerry met with Maliki on Monday of last week and promised “intense” and “sustained” support.
Britain’s politicians know there is no appetite for a new war, so they don’t feel confident about pushing for bombing. But the Tories have made it clear that they are keen to help the US if it intervenes.
Iain Duncan Smith said, “The Government has said it’s not going to be doing any airstrikes or putting soldiers into Iraq but I think there are lots of other things we can do to help support them—make sure they get the right spare parts and support in maintaining those kind of aircraft and equipment and also support the Americans where they need it in terms of supply, etcetera.”
Western intervention is part of the problem in Iraq and the region, any further military intrusions will only inflame more violence.