… because nothing frightens Muslim terrorists like misspelled acronyms.
TERFOR is the new government solution to fighting Islamic terrorism with moderate Islam. It stands for Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Task Force. Could they have thrown another R in there? And get out the F. Unless the acronym is supposed to reference Therefore. As in Therefore We Will Go On Doing Nothing. Or I shrink my obligations, Therefore I am PM. Though I imagine it’s supposed to make people think it’s a Terror Force, when it’s a Terror Farce.
But the UK government was just too busy to have the time in between arresting a whole bunch of Brits who said offensive things about Muslims on social media.
And then, like every other pseudo-conservative government, promised to really crack down on hateful preachers this time.
The Prime Minister wants to stop extremist clerics using schools, colleges, prisons and mosques to spread their ‘poison’ and is to head a new Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Task Force (TERFOR) made up of senior Ministers, MI5, police and moderate religious leaders.
The high-powered group will study a number of measures, including banning extremist clerics from being given public platforms to incite students, prisoners and other followers – and forcing mosque leaders to answer for ‘hate preachers’.
It will also urge Muslim ‘whistleblowers’ to report clerics who act as terrorist apologists to the police.
So this strategy will involve “studying” what to do. I’m all for thinking before leaping, but it’s been almost 25 years since the Rushdie case. How long does it take to work out this strategy exactly and start deporting terror clerics?
For that matter there’s no mention of actually deporting them. Just proposals to, presumably keep them from speaking at unis and somehow holding mosque leaders accountable. Considering that some of the worst offenders rely largely on social media and public gatherings, the proposal is worse than toothless.
And what happens when someone reports an Imam who supports terrorism?
Government insiders say Mr Cameron’s new TERFOR group is intended to ‘disrupt’ the activities of extremist clerics wherever they preach their ‘hateful message’.
Here’s one basic disruption method, deport them.
“We have to encourage clear condemnation from groups that those vulnerable to radicalisation may listen to. Terfor will want a better assessment of the size of the problem so they know what they are dealing with and can counter it.
Good. 25 years on and they’re still studying the size of the problem. Let’s get a few more committees on it. And roll out something called TERFOR to give the public the illusion that something is being done.
And then arrest an extremist 85-year-old British lady for shouting “Go back to your country” at Muslims.