It is a subject so complex that the usual rules of politics don't apply. When Prime Minister David Cameron set out his five-year counter-extremism strategy last week, even those who might usually be expected to criticise for the sake of criticism were unable to do so.
Take SNP MSP Humza Yousaf, Minister for Europe and International Development in the Scottish Government. Yousaf, a practising Muslim, said that there was "much to be welcomed" in the Prime Minister's speech outlining the UK Government's plans to take on those who use a professed devotion to Islam to excuse acts of murderous terrorism.
Yousaf – a sworn political enemy of the Tory party – is clearly sympathetic to the challenges Cameron faces, particularly in the aftermath of last month's slaughter on a Tunisian beach, when a gunman claiming allegiance to the Isis group killed 38 people, including 30 Britons.