British Prime Minister David Cameron upset Muslims with a sharp attack on his government's "passive" multicultural policies in relation to radical Islam and international terrorism, during an address at the Munich Security Conference Saturday.
Cameron said Great Britain must establish a stronger national identity in order to thwart entities within England that support extremism of any type.
“We have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong,” he said, conciliatorily, of minority groups within the UK.
However, Cameron's tougher line against terror and its agents came through loud and clear in his remarks about groups encouraging radical Islam.
“We should acknowledge that this threat comes in Europe overwhelmingly from young men who follow a completely perverse, warped interpretation of Islam, and who are prepared to blow themselves up and kill their fellow citizens,” Cameron said.
His speech – especially his call for European Union ministers not to take part in platforms in conjunction with radical groups, as well as cutting off funding to such groups within universities and prisons – angered several British Muslim organizations, with the head of the Ramadhan Foundation accusing Cameron of bolstering “hysteria and paranoia.”
The British Prime Minister’s words left no room for doubt in his take on the increasing radicalization of British and EU Muslims. “Instead of ignoring this extremist ideology, we – as governments and as societies – have got to confront it, in all its forms,” he explained.
Cameron pointed out that, as opposed to radical Islam, “liberal policies” were based on advancing specific values, including, freedom of worship, democracy, the rule of law, equal rights regardless of race, sex or sexuality,” and that adherence to such values “defines us as a society.”