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WaPo: 10 Years after 7/7 Bombings, Britain Still Divided over Fighting Extremism

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The Washington post writes about how Britain is still unsure how to deal with extremism:

When three young men left behind the gentle West Yorkshire hills to blow themselves up on London trains and buses 10 years ago next week, the astonishment felt by people in this multiethnic area of northern England soon gave way to a desire to come together.

Rabbis, priests and imams linked arms and called for peace. Police and community leaders agreed to cooperate on efforts to stamp out Islamist violence. The government soon rolled out an ambitious program to make sure that nothing like the July 7, 2005, bombings, which killed 52 people and are known in Britain as 7/7, would happen again.

A decade later, nothing like it has.

But when three sisters left their homes here last month and traveled to Syria with their nine children, ostensibly to live within the Islamic State, the local reaction illustrated just how much has changed in Britain’s fight against extremism.

Authorities whispered that something must have gone wrong in the women’s homes or communities. Family members countered that the police had driven the women to a desperate act.

Rather than bring people together, the sisters’ departure has become another flash point in an increasingly bitter and divisive national argument: Who is to blame for the troubling flow of hundreds of young British Muslims into the ranks of an organization that has declared war on the West?

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