Countering the Islamic insurgency within Britain Part II: Changing our mindset

8. Understanding the drivers of this clash of cultures

Referring to our series of blogs on The clash of Christian and Islamic cultures in the 20th century, it is critical to understand why Islamic fundamentalism has been increasing across the world and within Britain. As readers of my work will know, the two inclusive religions as I describe them, namely Christianity and Islam, have historically been mutually exclusive, i.e. as one wanes, the other waxes. This should not be a surprise, as they have tradionally fought over the same territory surrounding the Mediterranean.

Today, the Super Western Christian Empire (SWCE) is in decline and as such, its religious mimic identity has been significantly weakened. Conversely, the Super Islamic Empire is now in ascendancy. This expansion has been taking place since the end of colonial control in the Middle East and today, the whole region is engaged in a regional civil war. That being said, its Islamic ideology has grown in influence and reach, but it is still not strong enough to project influence directly outside its region. Ideology is the prime transmission of expansion and at the tip of that spear is militant extreme Islam. As its successes grows, so does its appeal to the young who view themselves as Islamic first and British second. With this prognosis, we are facing a clash of empires or cultures on the largest scale. However, Britain is unique in the SWCE, as it is in ascendancy again and as such, it has access to its own mimic antibodies that, if correctly constructed, would place British values against Islamic extremism.

9. Defining what it is to be 'British'

The current expansion of Britain is taking place with an unprecedented cultural mix of nations that have immigrated to the island in the past decade. This has provided a powerful, expansive engine, but conversely, has not reinforced a shared concept of British citizenship. Thus, the government needs to run a campaign of defining the most broadly accepted definition of British values and behaviour and then create a citizenship qualification and study course, much as immigrants have to go through in America. There should then be a cutoff of say 10 years where all those who have immigrated in that period have to undergo the course and pass to stay in the UK. Those courses should vary according to origins, for examples South Africans have very similar values to the British as an ex-collony, but someone from Yemen would have a very different cultural background needing a longer course. These courses would also expose or tag individuals who might be of future concern, so they would act as an early warning system. Most importantly, Britain is a secular nation, meaning that all British citizens should be British first and then of chosen religion, rather than placing their religion above nationality. Interestingly, the more successful Britain becomes economically, the more it will reinforce a sense of pride of being a British citizen and the harder it will be for extremism to find new fertile ground. This is effectively a mimic immune system response to an outside influence.

10. Personal responsibility

"How just three knife-wilding attackers were able to terrorise so many people?" is a question that has to be asked. Whilst guns are a very different matter, we have to ask the question as to why more members of the public did not act in unison to repel this attack. In the answer must be a combination of our collective fear of the 'terrorists' and our over-dependence on the authorities to save us and take action, rather than citizens being a part of the solution. Prehaps, it is time this culture changed too, with individuals taking the time to learn how better to defend themselves from such attacks. After all, nations survive because they defend themselves and the stronger the individuals, the stronger the society. With such a cultural shift, we all might then finally demand that our nation be better defended on all levels.

11. A Strengthening of British 'national Intention'

In truth, Britain has become weak when it comes to the intention to defend itself against elements that would destroy it. The complete failure of the British defence policy and its relegation to somewhere under the stairs is the most visible manifestation of that weakness. With this highest level of failure, we are inviting aggressive groups with expansive intentions to attack us. There is therefore the need to manifest a strong national intention to defend ourselves against all threats. Whilst we obsess about the NHS and social benefits, the future security of our nation is being eroded and Islamic extremism is the most obvious consequence. For the government to be talking about reducing the already miniscule British Army from 85,000 to 65,000 is inviting a disaster that is of far greater magnitude than any sequence of terrorist attacks on our home soil. It is time that our politicians took the bold step to ensure every aspect of our national defence is up to repelling any threat from any angle. In so doing, it will feed back into our national pride and self-confidence fuelling a greater national identity and in so doing, squeezing out the violent elements from British society.