How is the West to deal with the problem of Muslim terrorism?
Firstly, by acknowledging that all terrorism without exception is the consequence of bad government policy.
Secondly, by acknowledging that Muslim terrorists have a grievance against Western foreign policy, they may wish to re-examine Western foreign policy.
Why won't they?
Pride and stubbornness. It is not a good feeling to admit to grave errors that have caused great damage and loss, especially loss of life, but it would be in our interests to do so.
What are the mistakes?
I would say they are having a political system that does not promote the national interest. This means that no politician ever thinks in terms of promoting the national interest. If you asked any politician at all what the national interest is ..., but wait, has any journalist even asked this question?
Not only is our political system not fit for purpose, our political classes are not.
Not only are they both not fit for purpose, the media that is supposed to analyse and question government policy is not fit for purpose either.
If it were, I would have a column in The Mail.