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December 18, 2014

Across the globe Islamic extremism threatens us all

by
Douglas Murray

Originally published in The Daily Express

On MONDAY two civilians died among the dozens taken hostage by a Muslim gunman in a coffee shop in Sydney. On Tuesday a gang of uniformed gunmen massacred 132 children and nine others at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. If it sometimes seems as if hardly a day goes by without an Islamic extremist carrying out an act of terror it is because it doesn’t.

Every day there are attacks like this. Sometimes they are in first- world cities such as Sydney or – back in October – Ottawa. Sometimes they are in poor Nigerian villages. But whereas once we would hear only about some of these, today we learn – often within minutes – about nearly all of them.

Increasingly it is the case that everybody has a smartphone and that has a positive result as well as a very negative one. The negative one is that extremists who act in the name of fundamentalist Islam can get extraordinary megaphones for their cause.

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Douglas Murray

About Douglas Murray

A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, he previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which monitors extremism in Britain. Murray is the author of numerous publications including, "Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities". A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Murray is an expert on Islamist extremism and UK foreign policy. He recently published a book on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

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