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Muslim Youth

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with John Reid that British foreign policy was a factor in the radicalisation Muslim youth, the PMOS replied that what the Prime Minister had said many times was that whether the issue was Iraq, as people now did, or Afghanistan post 9/11, foreign policy issues to try to justify their actions. The root causes of this, however, went much deeper than this country’s foreign policy. The root causes went to the kind of extremist view of Islam which was causing problems not just in this country or the rest of Europe, but also we saw, in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia. People only had to go to the memorial for the victims of the Bali bombs at the corner of Treasury Green. Again, people should recognise that this was multi-faceted, and it was not limited to this country, and if people listened to what President Musharraf and President Karzai had both said, it was strongly in line with what the Prime Minister had said on many occasions.

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