The speech by David Cameron was well presented and with some great points, in my opinion. He made himself very clear, and spoke in an understandable way. He also barely mentions examples on previous terrorist attacks and incidents. He focuses on the positive part, by repeatedly mentioning how an included society could help prevent terrorism, because he believes no one is born a terrorist. This is a device to make the listeners stay optimistic and more open-minded to a multicultural society rather than focusing on hating and accusing Muslims.
He started out by pulling a joke and then moved on to presenting his speech and the subject. I think he pulled the joke to “break the ice” or “relieve the tension”. After the joke, he got serious and started talking about the problematic issue around terrorism, and mentions the importance of security, defense spending and military budget in the UK.
In the speech, Cameron makes it very clear that he thinks it is wrong to accuse Muslims for terrorist attacks and hate Muslims. He thinks it is extremely important to divide Islam, a peaceful religion, from extremism, a perverted form of Islam. Terrorism is a political ideology and not a religion. Cameron also mentioned that some people believe the reason behind terrorism is Muslim, and getting rid for the Muslims would end terrorism, while others believe poverty is the reason why people preforms terrorist attacks, and ending poverty would solve the problem.
Cameron also talked about how he believes that not feeling included in the society or extreme religions that allow forced marriage for example, could trigger young Muslim boys to convert to extremism and perform terrorism. This is one of the reasons why he is fighting for a better and more included society and more liberalism. He believes liberalism could help people feel like they actually belong in the society they live in and that it will build pride so they can proudly say “Yes I am a Muslim” or “Yes I am a Jew” or “Yes I am a Christian” without any fear. Cameron have faith in that with a lot of stamina and patience we will face this challenge that we cannot avoid.
“Non-violent extremists are just as dangerous as violent ones”
I both agree and disagree on this statement. A non-violent extremist still has the same thoughts, opinions and intentions as a violent one. Even though he is non-violent, you could never know for sure, suddenly he also wants to perform a terrorist attack, you never know for certain. No matter if the extremist is violent or not, it is still very frightening knowing there are people out there with these insane opinions willing to sacrifice themselves to their God, and do whatever that would take, even though it would hurt a thousand of people. On the other hand, it does feel less scary when the person is non-violent rather than violent. It is extreme what the violent extremist would do for their God, just killing innocent people in terrible ways, it is awful. My conclusion is that both non-violent and violent extremists are very dangerous, but the violent extremist are a bit more dangerous considering they actually kill innocent people.