Police battling to prevent young Muslims heading to Syria to fight in the country's bitter civil war will gamble that they can persuade women in the community to inform on family members determined to head to the war zone.Yeah, good luck with that. Frankly, I’m in the camp that says we should encourage as many to go (and hope for it to be a one-way trip) as possible.
However, the authorities may have good reason for fearing the effects:
Counter-terrorism officers, fearful that some of those fighting in Syria will return to Britain radicalised with the ability to carry out violent acts on British soil …I’d say they were already radicalised. It’s not like there’s a need to go to Syria to hear inflammatory rhetoric, is it?
Asim Qureshi of the civil liberties group CAGE, said: "In light of the increasing hostile environment for British Muslims expressing sympathy for the plight of the Syrian people, CAGE is concerned that the police campaign has the potential to result in a McCarthyite witch hunt."
Qureshi continued: "We view this as a duplicitous attempt by the police to exploit the natural anxiety of mothers in the Muslim community to assist them in their counter-terrorism work."I’m thinking of taking up a collection to buy him a ticket.