He also said why, albeit not directly. Terrorism, he said, “is fueled by a deepening sectarian divide in the Middle East and there are some deep social, economic and demographic drivers to the phenomenon we know as terrorism.”
A “sectarian divide,” yes, that is true, there is the Sunni/Shi’ite divide, but that doesn’t fuel the jihad against the free world. The only explanation Younger offers for the phenomenon of terrorism are “deep social, economic and demographic drivers.” A religious idea mandating warfare against and subjugation of unbelievers? That isn’t on Alex Younger’s radar screen.
And so he ably answers the question of why terrorism will be “with us for our professional lifetime”: because people such as Alex Younger, whose responsibility it is to protect us from it, have no idea what it stems from or what it is all about. And so they have no idea how to prevent or stop it.
Yet Younger is right: jihad terror will indeed be “with us for our professional lifetime,” because of the massive influx of Muslim migrants, among whom will inevitably be an unknowable number of jihad terrorists, and because the denial and willful ignorance of authorities regarding the motivating ideology of jihad terrorism will continue to allow that ideology to proliferate among Muslim communities in Britain and elsewhere in the West. Jihad terror will be with us for our professional lifetime because of people such as Alex Younger, and their failed analyses that no one dares to admit have failed.
“Britain’s MI6 spy chief says Islamist terrorist threat is here to stay,” by Guy Faulconbridge, Reuters, September 21, 2016:
The Islamist terrorist threat to the West will endure for years to come because simply taking back territory from Islamic State will not solve the deeper global fractures which have fostered militants, Britain’s foreign intelligence chief has said.
In his first public comments outside Britain, the head of the Secret Intelligence Service said globalization, the information revolution, a deepening sectarian divide in the Middle East and failed states would ensure that terrorism remained a threat.
When asked by the Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan at a panel discussion in Washington whether the apex of the Islamist terrorist trajectory had been reached, MI6 chief Alex Younger said: “Regrettably this is an enduring issue which will certainly be with us for our professional lifetime.”
“I would have to forecast that whilst it is wholly desirable to remove territory you will have a persistent threat representing some of the deep fault lines that still exist in our world,” he said….
His remarks were shown on a recording posted on Wednesday by the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at the George Washington University.
Younger, as chief of MI6, is one of the West’s most powerful spies and rarely speaks in public. He was appointed in 2014 by then Prime Minister David Cameron.
MI6 operates overseas and is tasked with defending Britain and its interests.
Younger said terrorism was fueled by a host of fractures across the world.
“It is fueled by a deepening sectarian divide in the Middle East and there are some deep social, economic and demographic drivers to the phenomenon we know as terrorism,” he said….
An economics graduate and former soldier, Younger has worked for MI6 in Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan since 1991, according to a short biography released by the government at the time of his appointment as MI6 chief.