It's community that counters terror

By Simon Barrow
June 25, 2008

Many, including the Church of England, have argued that the government's 42 days detention without charge strategy is wrong - but what's the alternative?

Based on over twelve months of embedded research, Bringing it Home: Community based approaches to counter-terrorism, from the policy think-tank Demos, argues that, despite some commendable attempts at engagement, the Government’s actions continue to drive a wedge between the majority of British Muslims and the rest of society, rather than isolating the violent few.

Bringing it Home says that we must put communities at the heart of counter-terrorism, with a broader approach which spans social justice, community cohesion and security. It sets out a six-pronged strategy, which aims to enhance the lives of Muslims, strengthen community infrastructure, improve leadership, open up the foreign policy-making process, divert youth from extremism, and put communities at the heart of counter-terrorist interventions.

While this report paints a bleak picture of what has been done in recent years, it argues that it is not too late to make a community-based approach to counter-terrorism a reality. Only once we do this will we be able to start fighting this ‘war on terror’ on our terms rather than theirs.

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