From D-squared:

Meanwhile, we're trying to block and censor jihadi forums and blogs in order to stop the internet from being used as a recruiting tool for al-Qaeda. How mad is that? Of course the jihadi sites are going to recruit bored British teenagers into extremist Islamism. Specifically, they're going to recruit the Walter Mittys, halfwits and loose cannons that will end up destroying their movement. I really don't think it's a good idea to put any obstacles in the way of Hizb ut Tahrir's drive to recruit the Mark Colletts of the future.
No, I don't get the reference either, but if we say that, in the West, being a terrorist is kind of a stupid thing to do, then stupid people will tend to do it; and that's why I don't think of terrorism as an existential threat on the same order of climate change (which threatens our water).

1 comment:

dsquared, vanity search central. said...

Mark Collett is a young man who has become the protege of Nick Griffin, leader of the British National (ie fascist) Party, and who is the focus of a lot of the current trouble (he is hated by a lot of BNP activists).

Alex, in my comments, makes the fairly important point that unlike the SWP and BNP, the jihadi movement can actually make use of trouble-making halfwits, by sending them on suicide bomber missions. I'm not sure how much of a difference this makes, but it's a good point.