In that regard, the “enemy” for Flynn went far beyond extremist Islamists — it included Muslims at large — at home and abroad.

Had we in the UK upheld that point of view in 2005, our counterterrorism strategies would have been stymied — and rather than making us safer, it probably would have made us more vulnerable and less robust.

Such a viewpoint is also quite common and standard among specialists in the counterterrorism sector, whether in or outside of government. According to this view, the label of “radical Islamic terrorism” is unhelpful, because terrorists are “un-Islamic.”

That’s not the view of others in the Trump administration, including Trump himself. But it is the one we in the UK insisted upon in 2005. It is also the same view that all recent Democratic and Republican presidents, before Trump, espoused as well.

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