British Islamists are seeking quite deliberately to create a sense of alienation among young Muslims, and in effect helping to do the work of Isis for them. This kind of overblown rhetoric fosters deep suspicion among some young British Muslims about the whole of British society. One community group in the northwest told me that there are youngsters who don’t bother to apply for jobs or go to college because they’ve become convinced by British Islamist propaganda that “Zionists, the Illuminati and western neo-cons” have shut every door to them. What hope is there for me in Britain, a youngster may ask. To some of these youngsters, a caliphate suddenly sounds rather appealing.
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