From the UK Express:
Prime Minister Tony Blair said that a No 10 meeting of Muslim community leaders had agreed to deal “head-on” with extremism based on a perversion of Islam that can lead to terrorism.
He said there would be a network of people prepared to take on arguments within the Muslim community and confront “this evil ideology and defeat it by the force of reason”.
Opposition leaders Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy were also at the talks, along with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
Mr Kennedy said that setting up a new task force to tackle the issue was to be considered.
Mr Blair said after the meeting, which lasted about an hour: “The meeting revolved around a very strong desire of people from right across the Muslim community in our country to be united, not just in a condemnation of the terrible terrorist attacks here in London but also to confront and deal with head-on the extremism that is based on a perversion of the true faith of Islam but nonetheless is real within parts of our community here in this country.
“nonetheless real” – bravo Tony, you’re getting warmer.
“There was a strong desire from everybody there to make sure we establish the right mechanisms for people to be able to go into the community and confront this.
“They will be people who are going to be supported by the rest of us but from the community, able to talk to the Muslim community and confront this evil ideology, take it on and defeat it by the force of reason.
“I think that’s the best thing we can do and there was a very strong sense that we needed to come together behind that.”
People “supported by the rest of us but from the community.” We would really like to see their arguments before you send these folks forth, Mr. Prime Minister. We doubt that you truly appreciate the enormity of the task you have set before them. Good luck.