The Britain Obama won’t see

May 24, 2011

Security tops the agenda as Barack Obama visits Britain, with a tighter relationship on the cards between the United States and the UK:

“Ours is not just a special relationship, it is an essential relationship – for us and for the world,” Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Wonder how that will go down in places like Alum Rock, Birmingham, where our security correspondent William Maclean discovers the UK’s state-backed efforts to deter young Muslim men from embracing jihad are faltering for many reasons — including a view that the UK and the US are, in the words of one Muslim interviewee, “state sponsors of terrorism“.

We also meet “radicaliser” Abu Izzadeen.

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