'Boris Johnson has been heavily criticised for claiming that linking Britain’s foreign interventions to rising Islamist extremism “plays into the jihadi narrative”.
In a speech entitled “The struggle against Islamist terror: How global Britain is helping to win”, the Foreign Secretary will point at countries that have been affected by attacks but not gone to war in the Middle East.
“To assert, as people often do, that the terrorism we see on the streets of Britain and America is some kind of punishment for adventurism and folly in the Middle East is to ignore that these so-called punishments are visited on peoples – Swedes, Belgians, Finns or the Japanese hostages murdered by Daesh – with no such history in the region,” he will tell diplomats and academics gathered at the Foreign Office in London later today.
Critics pointed out that Mr Johnson himself previously claimed the Iraq war was driving extremism – a position frequently taken by Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Johnson will argue that repressive states breed terrorism, rather than Western foreign policy, as the world faces jihadism with the “addictive power of crack cocaine”.'
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