March 3, 2014
The BBC’s Today Programme has been told by an ex-member of Al-Qaeda that the government must clearly explain why it has not intervened in Syria, or risk British Muslims being radicalised by joining the conflict.
The unnamed Saudi man who claims to have been an Al-Qaeda fighter for 12 years, over four conflicts, said that the UK Government should explain that British involvement in the conflict is likely to make it worse. And that the civil war is not the Wests making, but rather a result of regional problems.
“Sometimes the West and the Western governments are not good about putting forward their narrative or their counter-narrative explaining that it’s not their fault that these conflicts are happening – and therefore trying to explain to their radical Muslim population it is not the West to blame, it is other forces to blame,” he said.