Islamic terrorism began with Al Qaeda’s attack on the twin towers of New York. Since then other associated groups have added to the threat. The video clip below was recorded before the military intervention against Islam State: known as ISIS. The dangers being discussed on the political programme This Week were in the context of remarks made by the then Prime Minister David Cameron. He had complained about the use of the expression Islamic State by the BBC in its news broadcasts.
Cameron had said:
“It is a perversion of the religion of Islam and many Muslims listening to this programme will recoil every time they hear the words Islamic State.” “I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State because it’s not an Islamic State; what it is is an appalling, barbarous regime.”
The historian Tom Holland had been invited to make his views known. They were and still are very interesting, especially since the end of ISIS as a military threat has been accomplished. All the more so when you consider Holland’s concluding remarks.