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Guy Fawkes was radicalised

Guy Fawkes converted to Catholicism in his early twenties, he went from England to fight in the Spanish war for the Catholics  against the Protestant Netherlands. There is a clear parallel with radicalised Muslims travelling from England to places like Iraq and Syria to fight.  Just as these young radicals do, Fawkes got a taste in Spain of killing for his cause. He then returned home and became involved with the gunpowder plot.  In a similar way we newly religious young people traveling from western countries abroad to train and fight and then returning home with the idea of killing for their religion.

“Guy Fawkes is a modern-day jihadist in that he was someone who tried to spread his ideology through terrorist force. He thought he had to promote the Catholic faith as being the dominant faith, and promote laws under that faith instead of the laws of the country" says Haras Fariq of the Quilliam Foundation. “Guy Fawkes had a political goal, which was to spread Catholicism. Likewi…