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Now it would be fair to say that extreme Islamism is currently far more dangerous than far-right terrorists, mainly because there are more of them.
Ignoring far-right terrorism would, however, be a grave error of judgment.
One possible, even plausible, reason why the majority of British people do not tend to focus on the far right, is almost certainly because they are both white.
If asked, I suspect most white British people do not feel unduly threatened by the far right – unless they are politically active and of a left and/or liberal persuasion.
Black and Asian British, along with Eastern Europeans will almost certainly feel more threatened – as indeed will British Jews I imagine.
That, I personally think, is the nub of the matter.
The far right in Britain is not going to harm indigenous white Brits in the mindset of indigenous white Brits, other than politically active left-wing people, so why worry about them?
I don’t claim any knowledge here but, I wonder whether indigenous Germans had similar thoughts in the 1930’s?
Yes. Extreme Islam is far more of a concern in Britain than the extreme right and has to be but, we ignore the behaviour of far-right activists at our peril.
I have no sympathies with extremes yet I know many who do.
Some Muslims have been brainwashed into believing the dangerous doctrines of Islamic State.
Some Brits are starting to believe the dangerous doctrines of the far right.
The far right is populated by white British people. Those listening are white British people.
Old chums were members of Britain’s notorious and outlawed Combat 18. I didn’t approve of their beliefs but I never let disagreements get in the way of friendships. Besides, there is always the probably naive view that you can influence chums for the better perhaps?
It did feel extraordinarily bizarre to spend a couple of hours in one bar of a pub I frequented in the company of skinhead racists and then move to the bar on the other side of the pub to chat to my Asian chums. Yep. It really was that weird.
Mind you, back then, the pub was, for want of a better description, ‘neutral turf’. Neither side transgressed onto the other side so an odd status quo was in place. The landlord of the pub did no more than making sure nobody transgressed into the other group’s side of the pub.
I’ve always been quite chuffed that I was the only person welcomed on both sides – albeit both sets of chums must have liked me a lot as neither could get their heads around me being pals with Asians and white racists at the same time.
Anyway, back to today.
Yes, Islamic extremists are greater in number in Britain than far-right terrorists so, it is easy to understand why Islamic extremists get all the media attention. The number of incidents involving far-right extremists is minuscule in comparison but should not be ignored lest they increase.
White indigenous Brits not politically aligned to the left / liberal side of things feel safe from far-right extremists and, in truth, they generally probably are safe unless inadvertently caught up in something in a ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ sort of way.
This is 2018, not 1979 so there will be clear differences. I doubt far-right extremists would ‘share a pub’ peacefully with Asians anymore for starters. There are similarities however that are very worrying.
The far right of the late 70’s early 80’s ‘brainwashed’ many people into believing only white British people should be in Britain. The technique worked alarmingly well on a significant minority.
Islamists are successfully ‘brainwashing’ some Muslims into believing they are fighting a holy war against non-Muslims. The existence of Islamic State and homegrown Islamic terrorists show how effective they’ve been.
The far right of today is using the same techniques to ‘brainwash’ susceptible white Brits in their doctrine.
If they are as successful as Islamic State have been then we live in very alarming times indeed. Ultimately, I suspect they will be as successful. Increasingly Brits want to blame someone for their problems.
The easy targets are always the ones to blame.