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Interviewer: Do you think this appalling act [ISIS’s beheading of 21 Copts] will focus minds?

Douglas Murray: I think it’ll focus minds for 24 hours until the next atrocity somewhere, maybe in Europe, maybe in North Africa, maybe in the Middle East. We live in an incredibly forgetful news cycle these days, in a time when people don’t want to add things together.

You know Sisi himself, general Abdel el-Sisi the leader of Egypt, at the end of last year made a very important interjection to the scholars of Al-Alzhar, the main center of Sunni learning in the Muslim world. He told them we have a worldwide problem of radical Islam and it needs to be sorted out by the scholars and leaders of the Muslim world.

Now Sisi has made himself very unpopular in parts of the region and the wider world for saying this, but it did need saying.

What I think is striking is that across the Western world — even in the wake of atrocities we see now day in and day out — there is no desire to add these things together.

The man who ran into a free speech seminar in Copenhagen a couple of days ago and sent machine gun bullets ripping through the cafe and then shot up a synagogue, the people who shot up newspaper offices and a kosher market in Paris last month, are individuals who share the exact same ideology of the people who want to cut off the heads of Christians and persecute moderate Muslims.

It is an unbelievably fascistic ideology. It is a united ideology. And it has to be comprehensively identified in order to be defeated. And it is a great symbol of the problem of our time that we have so little leadership here that General Sisi has to lead the world in admitting there is a problem.

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Douglas Murray again, this time speaking in an interview with the BBC on Monday. The pictures are of our friends the Kurds as they reclaimed Kobani on January 28th.

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