Interesting piece on the BBC here concerning the emerging threat from Al Queda in AFRICA, and how this could increase the Jihad threat in Britain.

British youths from African communities could become radicalised as al-Qaeda looks to Africa to build its strength, the Rusi think tank has suggested. It says such a development would pose new challenges for UK and other Western intelligence services. It warns of potential for new or greater radicalisation among British youths from the Somali and other east and west African communities.

The problem lies in the first sentence. Who are these “British youths from African communities”, exactly? Is this a coy way of defining the vast number of Somalis illegally resident in this country? I was impressed the way the BBC produces an article on Al Queda without once mentioning the word Muslim once. (Islamist does make a brief appearance, hard to avoid when talking about Al Shabab I suppose) It’s as if these “youths” that may be radicalised – of the Pakistani, North African and Indian communities in Britain –  could be of any religious background.

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  1. demon1001 says:

    It’s like describing the Anders Breivik (sp.) slaughter as “A European murdered 60 Europeans who were attending a Hitler Youth Camp in Norway”. It tells you nothing of the madman’s motives or who the victims were but it is exactly the same as the BBC’s reporting of Islamist Terrorist attacks.


  2. alan says:

    Perhaps the BBC meant ‘Muslim’

    As an academic exercise try inserting the word ‘Muslim’ or ‘Imam’ into the text below in the appropriate places where its use would make sense in the context…..

    In a speech to the House of Commons on November 5, 1919, Winston Churchill said: “…Lenin was sent into Russia … in the same way that you might send a vial containing a culture of typhoid or of cholera to be poured into the water supply of a great city, and it worked with amazing accuracy. No sooner did Lenin arrive than he began beckoning a finger here and a finger there to obscure persons in sheltered retreats in New York, Glasgow, in Berne, and other countries, and he gathered together the leading spirits of a formidable sect, the most formidable sect in the world … With these spirits around him he set to work with demoniacal ability to tear to pieces every institution on which the Russian State depended.”

    This I have posted before but it is worth a second look:

    From DCDC strategic trends document: Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre for the uk mod…a source document for uk defence policy: 2007-36

    Identity & Interest – Potential Implications
    While citizenship and physical security will remain important, individual loyalty to the state and state institutions will become increasingly conditional, based on personal identity and interest.
    Nationhood and ethnicity in certain countries will continue to influence human behaviour and international relations.
    Diaspora communities and their networks will be dynamic and unpredictable features of the political, demographic and economic aspects of globalization.
    Physical and cultural origin will continue to be significant to identity, but will be employed increasingly selectively, based on their utility in context and in relation to personal interest.
    Communities will increasingly form around the pursuit of common interests.

    Dynamic Diaspora.
    ICT developments and advanced mass-transit systems will facilitate and increase connectivity between ethnic/national diasporae and their communities of origin. This will tend to reduce incentives for integration and assimilation and allow self-contained ‘virtual’ communities to exist across continents in ways not always in step with the interest and aspirations of their host countries. Remittances from members of diasporae will remain an important source of capital transfer and redistribution, especially for developing countries.
    Less benignly, diaspora will remain a medium for the international transmission of social risk, including: inter-communal violence, terrorism and transnational crime, especially trafficking and illicit trade.

    Changing Values. Secularism and materialism are likely to grow in significance in an increasingly competitive, inter-connected world, reflecting trends that are
    already well established in the more developed regions. Meanwhile, cultural mixing, the pace of change and a rapid confluence of modern ideas and traditional
    values are likely to increase the trend towards moral relativism and increasingly pragmatic values. These developments will trigger responses from complex,
    traditionally defined communities, as well as among significant minorities, which will seek the sanctuary provided by more rigid belief systems, including religious
    orthodoxy and doctrinaire political ideologies, such as popularism and Marxism.

    States and Communities will be progressively challenged by the range and complexity of the national and transnational risks that are beginning to dominate the 21st century – and some will not cope.


  3. Jim Dandy says:

    The terminology used us drawn directly from the RUSI report:

    And that’s why the main media reports you’ll find use the same terminology. So see the right wing Telegraph report here:

    So a failed bias hunt I fear.


    • David Vance says:

      But with world class journalists such as those employed at the beeb, shouldn’t we expect them to analyse rather better than just parrot headlines from press releases? Try harder, Jim. The BBC demands it be treated differently from every other media provider, so all I’m doing is what it asks.


      • Jim Dandy says:

        Nope. In reporting a report they should report what the report reports. Particularly when it’s a respected foreign affairs body such as the RUSI. It’s you who needs to research a little more. The RUSI report is easily found. Had you read it and found the BBC had altered the language then bingo you have today’s bias quarry. But having found the BBC have faithfully reported the analysis (and in line with other broadcasters) then you should have moved on.


        • David Vance says:

          So, the BBC is an echo chamber for press releases from”respected foreign affairs bodies”? I see, And no BBC world class journalist pondered how these “British African” wannabe Jihadists come here? Not one?


          • David Preiser (USA) says:

            The BBC is an echo chamber for White House press releases, anyway.


  4. beness says:

    So if I understand this correctly, Giving Cosovans of all religions the right to settle here because they were all “victims” was a bad idea because they would go on fighting their wars on our streets even though they were all grateful to get out of the hell hole they were living in.
    Hey their all victims and we just stand by and watch with the odd Britt getting killed. NICE to be the social worker of the world is it not?


  5. beness says:

    Iv’e only just managed to get my mate(West Indian) to talk to his neighbour(African) on our allotment. both are in their 60’s


    • LondonCalling says:

      The differences are cultural, not skin colour as Socialists would have you believe. West Indians don’t see Africans as brothers – thats “rainbow nation” tosh. The WI I know in my street don’t seem to like the current Commonwealth African invasion any more than the more long standing residents.


  6. alan says:

    The Telegraph used to be right leaning…it is not anymore. For several years it has slid remorselessly Left and any careful or even not so careful reading of its recent relentless attacks on the government would demonstrate that.

    And a decent journalist would report all relevant facts…the most relevant being that the usual suspects will be of the usual religion…and that it is the religion that is the defining factor in whether they become terrorists.

    To miss out that fact is to miss out on why they are so susceptible to recruitment and therefore may provide a clue as to how to solve the problem….as well as profiling the likely jihadists…enaling them to be intercepted….rather than white grannies going through customs.


  7. Leftie-Loather says:

    The BashfulBrainwashingCorporation at its pathetic best!
    Practically everyone in my quite ordinary street would say “muslims” and thankfully wouldn’t give a second thought for how the multi-culti mental Beeb pathetically dresses things up. The Beeb mostly only fools its stupid self. – Have faith!


  8. PhilLaw says:

    A vicar from the East End has just been jailed for marrying loads of Nigerians to Eastern Europeans so they could get to stay here. Wonder how many Jihadists he let in?


  9. eadwulf says:

    If they live in and identify with the term “African communities” then they are not British. I live in a “British community” not a “British British community”