There is no doubt that failing to confront them will be fatal. There is also no doubt that Cameron will be excoriated for saying this, just as if he had said this of “all Muslims” rather than “Islamist extremists” — even though he did not do so. “Islamist extremists ‘like Nazis’,” from the BBC, with thanks to Uajeg:
A senior Conservative is to liken Islamist extremists to Nazis and warn failing to confront them will be fatal.
Leadership hopeful David Cameron will say the rise of Hitler showed that a willingness to give ground and avoid confrontation was seen as weakness.
In a speech to the Foreign Policy Centre, he will urge the government to do more to counter extremism.
The shadow education secretary will also call for more funding for the security services.
Other measures he will urge include a dedicated border police force and 24-hour security at major ports.
He will also say Britain should withdraw entirely from international human rights conventions if they prevent the deportation of Islamic radicals.
Mr Cameron will warn a strain of Islamist thinking has developed which, like Nazism and Communism, offers followers redemption through violence.
“Just like the Nazis of 1930s Germany, they want to purge corrupt cosmopolitan influences,” he is due to say.
He will also say that the West’s failure to act in the 1990s fed Osama Bin Laden’s belief that it lacked the strength to defend itself.
“The lesson from all of this with respect to our presence in Iraq is clear.
“Premature withdrawal – and failure to support the Iraqi authority – would be seen as a surrender to militant Jihadism. Nothing would embolden the terrorists more.”