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David Cameron on radicalised Muslims: 'We let in some crazies' Watch

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    The US was promised before the British general election last May that a Conservative government could be tougher on Pakistan, as the Tories claimed to be less dependent than Labour on domestic votes from people with Pakistani connections.

    In a leaked 10 December 2009 cable the US ambassador to the UK, Louis Susman, recorded meeting the Tory frontbencher Liam Fox, now the defence secretary.

    "Fox criticised the Labour government for policies which reinforce the Indian government's long-held view that HMG's [Her Majesty's government's] foreign relations on the subcontinent are 'skewed to Pakistan'."

    He is quoted as assuring Susman that "the Conservatives are 'less dependent' than the Labour party on votes from the British-Pakistani community".

    As soon as he became prime minister, David Cameron made a significant point of trying to build a special relationship with India, travelling to Delhi in June on a trade mission.

    While in India, the Conservative leader urged Pakistanis not to face both ways on the issue of terrorism. His remarks caused a diplomatic furore: they were directed at Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, long regarded by the US to be playing a double game in Afghanistan by covertly supporting the Taliban.

    Cameron's approach can now be seen prefigured in Washington's previously secret dispatches. The London embassy reported that he and "an eager group from his frontbench" met a congressional delegation led by the Republican senator John McCain in 2008.

    "Cameron … raised Pakistan, noting that 60,000 individuals travel to Pakistan from the UK each year and that this has implications for the UK's own significant domestic 'terror threat'."

    McCain stressed to him how worried he too was about Pakistan: "If they don't co-operate and help us, I don't know what we are going to do."

    On 9 April 2009, Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, met Cameron and George Osborne in London "to urge HMG [under possible future Conservative leadership] to engage more on Pakistan".

    Holbrooke pressed Cameron to help combat terrorism by capitalising on the "striking connections" between the large Pakistani community in the UK and "its home country".

    "Cameron noted that most of the approximately 1 million UK citizens of Pakistani origin (mostly Punjabis and Kashmiris) living in the UK were not pro-Taliban but had been radicalised by the Iraq war and were militant over Kashmir. The Conservative party leader agreed that HMG 'must get UK-Pakistan relations right' and stressed the Conservatives' commitment to this goal should they assume power."

    Cameron went on to criticise Labour's dealing with groups such as Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the Muslim Council of Britain. "On the radicalisation of British Pakistanis, Cameron said the UK had 'gotten it wrong domestically' … He argued that PM [Gordon] Brown's policy had been too willing to engage with radicalised but non-violent Muslim groups … 'We let in some crazies,' Cameron said, 'and didn't wake up soon enough.'"
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    I think Cameron's position is correct. You shouldn't treat a country differently than you would normally just because a portion of your voter base descend from that country.
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    In all fairness we have let some crazies in.
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    The man spoke some truth.
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    I'm usually all for some Dave Cameron bashing but I think he was being putting it lightly re. radical muslims. People say a lot worse about radical creationist christians for example.
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    There's no way he'll elaborate further on that given his links to UAF.
 
 
 
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