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Islamic State 'a monstrous magnet for the worst' Bernard Henri-Levy BBC News

Published on 27 Jul 2016

"Terrorists are "psychopaths and fascists" and so-called Islamic State "a monstrous magnet for the worst" says Bernard Henri-Levy. The French philosopher and public intellectual tells John Humphrys that populations under attack from terrorism need to develop a kind of "sixth sense" of danger, accepting that an attack could happen at any time."

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Comment by Suzanna on July 28, 2016 at 3:58pm

Glad to hear it, I feel sorry for the people at that station must be un-nerving. Haha no I don't think we'd be top of their list.

Comment by Stephen on July 28, 2016 at 3:28pm

I love the Isle of Man I used to go there as a kid. And quite honestly I wouldn't mind retiring there. When ISIS is planning its next atrocity I don't think the Isle of Man comes into their minds. ha ha

My Niece works in another RAF station nearer too London she was only there to help out during the open day.

Comment by Suzanna on July 28, 2016 at 3:20pm

That's scary I would feel extremely uncomfortable there. I hope your niece is ok, that was such a horrible thing to happen. Hopfully they catch those responsible soon, and the rest of them. I'm very fortunate to live around where it is very safe and although it does rain all the time the rain won't kill me. Luckily there aren't many teenagers around where I live because I'm not in the town centre anymore, although you still get your fair share of rude comments and shitty looks, for the most part they aren't dangerous. Mostly drunken fights/harrasment, drug related crimes and sex crimes, wife beating the usual undercurrent of any town really. There is a culture here that they would happily grass on their own family and friends which makes it safer. There isn't really anywhere to run or hide from police.

Comment by Stephen on July 28, 2016 at 2:14pm

I totally agree Suzanna. We have young Muslim teens in my neighbourhood who think its funny to act up around people, but with the situation as it is both communities have to act with restraint and respect. I live in a part of London around Edgware road which has become known jokingly as Arabastan. Its a two mile stretch of road from Marble arch to Kilburn High road. I'm not joking when I say you feel all eyes burning on you when you pass through this area. My niece works in the RAF station which had two people attempt to kidnap a squaddie the other day.

Pair who tried to kidnap RAF Marham serviceman 'part of larger gang' 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/23/attackers-who-attempted-... 

Comment by Suzanna on July 28, 2016 at 12:03pm

this isn't to say I wouldn't be twitched about the whole thing, there is the twitched irrational part of my brain and the quiet rational side which thinks, why bother getting worried.

Comment by Suzanna on July 28, 2016 at 11:19am

Thanks for taking on this subject it's a difficult topic. We don't want to alienate people who come here or be paranoid but if you see someone who looks shifty they could just be knicking phones or something not necessarily a terrorist. At the end of the day it's hard to tell why somone is behaving strangely, maybe a relative just died maybe they just have special needs or are on drugs who can tell. You can't tell who is muslim unless they are practicing females, who, it seems are far less likely to commit acts of terrorism and yet are experiencing the brunt of "islamaphobia" purely because they are identifiable muslims.

I don't think that it is up to schools, parents, the government or worshipers from mosques to be held responsible for the actions of a small group or individuals who decide to commint crimes. If they know nothing they can not do anything. Apparently, sometimes they do know something, inform the relevant authorities and still nothing happens. In my opinion that is a problem with the law. sorry I'm going off on a tangent.

I also thought this was just a silly thing that would be over with soon. Having said all of that I would still feel uneasy around Muslims at the moment, which is a great shame. I don't think that anyone can be on guard though for these attacks because they happen quickly and often involve unthinkable actions. By the time you know whats happening you're already gone. But really should we worry about the unpredictable actions of the odd nut job?

Comment by Stephen on July 27, 2016 at 4:26pm

I think for the first time I realised just how long this struggle is going to be with us. I naively imagined that this growth of Islamism was a phase the world was going through, and it would cease just as quickly as it began. Recently with the rise of the lone attacker, where it would seem that a person would suddenly turn on their neighbours and use whatever weapon came to hand, a truck, knife, axe, and homemade explosives. I don't know how it feels in America, but here in the UK and Europe people are beginning to look over their shoulders, especially if you are like me and  live in areas with a large Muslim population. I hate feeling this way but I know, by a long way, I'm not the only one. All my life I've fought against racism and bigotry. But those battles against the far right in my early days seem so simple now. What we can do is to keep hold to the ideas of social democracy and liberal ideas. We must defend against anyone who threatens those ideals. 

Comment by Stephen on July 27, 2016 at 3:31pm

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