In the aftermath of the Tunisia attack, Cameron has stated that the fight against the Islamic State is “the struggle of our generation”. He elaborated on his perspective by stating that:
I think that frankly, we are a target. They have declared war on us, they are attacking our people at home and overseas whether we like it or not… They are attacking our way of life and what we stand for. There are people in Iraq and Syria who are plotting to carry out terrible acts in Britain and elsewhere and as long as ISIL exists in those two countries we are at threat…It’s a battle of our values and our narrative against their values and their narrative. We have to get that right as well as the military end of things…We have to deal with this appalling radical narrative that’s taking over the minds of young people in our country.
Cameron says the UK must have a “full-spectrum response” to the IS threat – including continuing with air strikes. When asked if British troops were needed on the ground, he added:
Our strategy is to build up local armies. It’s much easier to just invade a country… it’s easier and faster, but that has consequences.