Last week we wrote in these pages about the leftist agenda to equate Islamic extremism with the far right. Outgoing police chief of counter-terrorism Mark Rowley dedicated a good chunk of his farewell speeches to drawing this exact parallel in order to advance a perspective that Islamic jihad and the far right are roughly equal in the level of danger posed to society.
"They're never going to be exactly the same but there are similarities across from the Islamists to the extreme right wing. Anjem Choudary was very assiduous in staying the right side of the law until he slipped up in expressing support for the Islamic State and that enabled us to put him in prison. Tommy Robinson in some ways is doing exactly the same." ~ Mark Rowley
Left wing papers like The Guardian cheerily reported that four right-wing terror attacks were thwarted last year, and roundly denounced they were. Sometimes, things don't come to you all at once- you need to be patient and wait for events to unfold. We know now why Rowley and the media were so keen to push the idea that the right wing is a threat- the Home Office has released figures for arrests for terrorism-related offenses in 2017.
As the Daily Mail reports:
"There was an increase in arrests across all ethnic groups but the largest increase was in people fitting in the category of 'white' and arrests of those aged under 18 reached record levels, with 27 last year.
Terror-related arrests of white people surged by 61 percent compared with 2016, when 90 arrests were made. Last year 145 white people were arrested, marking the largest number since such data started being collected. The number of Asian people arrested also rose by 37 percent from 124 to 170."
So we can see there has indeed been an increase in 'White' arrests- according to the Home Office, the 'far right' made up 9% of the arrests for the year in total. Digging further into the numbers, the Mail finds:
"There were a record 412 arrests for suspected terrorism-related offenses in Britain in 2017, Home Office figures show.
That's an increase of 58 percent compared with 261 the previous year and the first time the tally for a calendar year has been above 300."
Of these 412 arrests, 86% are described as being Islamic extremist in origin- a staggeringly high figure given the demographics involved. What should be very plain to us now is that the concept that somehow there is a parallel between right-wing violence and Islamic extremism is nonsense- at least in any quantifiable manner. The growth of the far-right in terms of raw arrest numbers has the establishment shaken- don't look at those people, they are just as bad as ISIS, you know. Even so, with around 5% of the population of the UK being followers of Islam, and this population producing 86% of all those arrested for terror offenses, it doesn't take a mathematical genius to work out that there is a major mismatch in the narrative around which demographic is more prone to terrorism.
On the most macro possible scale- on a timeline of multiple centuries, we are seeing the struggle for dominance of planet Earth played out between races and the ideologies that sprout from them. It is a grand clash of civilizations that in our day to day lives seems very far away. We find it hard to conceptualize what our position in the great chain of genetic replication is, or where that is going in ten years or a generation or a century. We can think about what the future might look like in a few centuries, but we base this image on a continuation of what already is. We can push the Flintstones into the future and call it the Jetsons, but it's still the same culture. The same jokes and archetypes. In the future, there will be cheeseburgers.
Islam has a very different idea for the future of this planet. It is not a future in which your descendants are riding around in flying cars, experiencing space travel or exploring post-humanism. It is one of submission to Islam and a permanent state of regression for the entire species of Humankind.
I note with some disappointment the duality in our society that has jailed Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen for ‘demonstrated hostility’ to ‘people of the Muslim faith’ while we fail to prosecute as a terrorist the Iraqi illegal immigrant who failed to murder people with a train bombing. I don't agree with the approach of Britain First in any way. The tactics used are counter-productive and low in character- which provides great obstacles for any genuine critic of Islam through guilt by association. One can recognize a clash of civilizations, understand that Islam is not compatible with the West, and still not harass people in the street or in their homes. The conversation is bigger than that, far bigger than can be solved by the tactics of Britain First. If anything this criminalization of wrong-think should illustrate how far we have to go towards honest reflection on where we are as a culture.
As Brendan O'Neill wrote in Spiked today:
"In a free country, you should be perfectly at liberty to ‘demonstrate hostility’ to the Muslim faith. And any other religion, or creed, or god, or ideology. Indeed, the right not to believe, the right to blaspheme, the right to ‘demonstrate hostility’ to religion, are hard-won liberties. People died for this. The fact that the media this morning – including the Telegraph, the Guardian and the BBC – are all using the exact same formulation of ‘demonstrated hostility to Muslims and the Muslim faith’ to describe why Fransen and Golding are going to jail, and the fact that this isn’t ringing any alarm bells in public discussion, is a terrifying indicator of how thoroughly we now accept that people’s views on religion ought to be a matter for state control and possibly state repression."
Demonstrating hostility to a religion that provides us with the vast majority of terrorism in our lands should not be a controversial position. The idea that despite all evidence we are expected to make a culturally relativistic assessment between the extreme right of Western politics and Islamic Jihad is, frankly, offensive. Not that I think that the far right cannot find itself also falling for brutality, but that we are told that this fringe of our political discourse is on the same field as people who wish to subjugate the entire planet for Allah is preposterous.
It doesn't make sense, there's no evidence for that to be true, and the fact that this idea is being portrayed as being representative of reality by our politics and media should be deeply concerning to everyone who believes in free speech and free inquiry- for a little context, 84% of rape gangs in the UK are South Asian Muslim men. 86% of all terrorism in the UK comes from the same faith.