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Islamist terror threat to west blown out of proportion - former MI6 chief
The Guardian ^ | July 8th 2014 | Richard Norton-Taylor

Posted on 07/08/2014 2:42:40 AM PDT by Winniesboy

...extremists are now focused on Middle East and giving them publicity in west is counter-productive. The government and media have blown the Islamist terrorism threat out of proportion, giving extremists publicity that is counter-productive, a former head of Britain's intelligence service has said.

Sir Richard Dearlove, chief of MI6 at the time of the Iraq invasion, said that Britons spreading "blood-curdling" messages on the internet should be ignored. He told an audience in London on Monday there had been a fundamental change in the nature of Islamist extremism since the Arab spring. It had created a major political problem in the Middle East but the west, including Britain, was only "marginally affected".

Unlike the threat posed by al-Qaida before and in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks 13 years ago, the west was not the main target of the radical fundamentalism that created Isis, (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), Dearlove said.

Addressing the Royal United Services Institute, the London-based security and defence thinktank, he said the conflict was "essentially one of Muslim on Muslim".

There had been a "fundamental change" in the nature of the threat posed by Islamist extremists. Al-Qaida had largely failed to mount the kind of attacks in the US and UK it had threatened after 9/11.

It was time, he said to move away from the "distortion" of the post-9/11 mindset, make "realistic risk assessments" and think rationally about the causes of the crisis in the Middle East.

The al-Qaida franchises that had emerged since had largely "fallen back" on other Muslim countries, Dearlove said. What was happening now was a long-awaited war between Sunni and Shia Muslims that would have only a ripple effect on Britain, he suggested.

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1 posted on 07/08/2014 2:42:40 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: Winniesboy

the Liberal Brits ignored the socialists and the commies in the 50’s and the 60’s too and look at Britain today .

even their crown prince is nuts ....


2 posted on 07/08/2014 2:47:06 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: LeoWindhorse
the Liberal Brits...

The battle cry of Iraq is "See you in New York"; nothing about "See you in Londonistan".

3 posted on 07/08/2014 2:56:30 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Winniesboy
In the meantime, elements of Islamism infiltrate the west and gradually assert themselves, demanding concessions to sharia law, Muslim culture, exceptions to statutes, etc.

The threat may not be screaming "Allahu akbar" and running down the street in a bomb vest yet, but that's for later.Glad to see "former" in the title, because failure to recognize a threat increases the difficulty in dealing with it.

4 posted on 07/08/2014 3:01:15 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Winniesboy
And Hitler was not a threat in August of 1939. History repeats itself.

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana


5 posted on 07/08/2014 3:12:37 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Winniesboy

Wow.. how quickly the Brits forget the attacks on the train stations in London. Ah well.. America’s just as clueless.. look who was twice elected to the White House.


6 posted on 07/08/2014 3:15:32 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Winniesboy
I seem to recall a story or two not too far back about a couple of Muslims hacking, HACKING, a Brit soldier to death in broad daylight in the middle of a city.

This is nothing to get upset about? Blown out of proporation?

Sir Pompous (or Lord whatever) needs to go back to his club and ask some of the staff what they think while he's sipping brandy and harrumphing BS.

7 posted on 07/08/2014 3:19:00 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: LeoWindhorse

That’s Clown Prince, to you. :o)


8 posted on 07/08/2014 3:19:29 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: reg45
And Hitler was not a threat in August of 1939.

Yup. The Brits have a Sterling Record when it comes to predicting what is and isn't a threat.

9 posted on 07/08/2014 3:40:17 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: C210N

well...they may dynamite Big Ben, but why attck your allies?!


10 posted on 07/08/2014 4:51:50 AM PDT by gr8eman (A good rant should have the word "crap" in it at least 4 times!)
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To: gr8eman

Fine-let’s nip it in the bud.


11 posted on 07/08/2014 5:20:16 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: C210N

I last visited London back in the mid 80’s . While there I sought reasonably priced accommodation in the form of a small centrally located hotel . I inquired at over a dozen ; they were all Iraqi owned m I was not comfortable with that and refused to book a room . Finally I had to settle on a Spanish owned lodging. I could not find one , in my price range , which was Anglo-British owned . Not one ....


12 posted on 07/08/2014 10:47:42 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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