STUDENT POLITICS WON’T SOLVE THE SYRIAN PROBLEM, SAYS UKIP DEPUTY LEADER
Naïve politics will provide no answer to the ongoing civil war in Syria and the forces of so-called Islamic State, says Ukip deputy leader Paul Nuttall.
He told a meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg that instead of empty rhetoric, it was time for the West to reach out to countries like Russia, China and India to tackle Islamic extremists.
Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West region and a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament, also warned against treating Russian President Vladimir Putin as a pariah.
He said: “We must first realise who our enemy is and who our enemy is not. We must not see foreign policy through the eyes of the student common room.
“We must realise that geopolitics is not a case of simply black and white but are very often grey areas, and we must be grown up enough to say sometimes my enemy’s enemy is my friend, just as we did in World War Two with Joseph Stalin.
“We need to bring together a grand coalition of nations which includes not just the Western powers, but also Russia, China, India and Muslim nations as well.
“We must come together to cut out the cancer of radical Islamism which brought carnage onto the streets of Paris and I believe will no doubt attempt to repeat the same evil on the streets of another European city sometime soon.
“We need to admit also that Bashar al-Assad is not the threat to global peace in comparison to the Islamism of Islamic State. But we must also look at ourselves and ask have our policies aided the terrorists and sadly the answer is yes.”
Mr Nuttall told the parliament that he had visited the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek last week, seeing at first hand the “ghettos” that have been allowed to develop.
He said: “I was saddened by what I saw but unfortunately I was not surprised. It is a snapshot of everything that has gone wrong with failed policies of political correctness and aggressive multiculturalism.
“It is a ghetto where many home-grown jihadists live, ebbed on by Saudi sponsored Wahhabism.”
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