The creation of safe, clean and flourishing neighbourhoods in inner cities will help eradicate the breeding grounds of terrorism, the Archbishop of York said yesterday.
Dr John Sentamu used his Christmas Day sermon to set out a three-point strategy which he said would remove the rationale for violence among "deluded" people.
Quoting the SAS motto "Who Dares Wins", he called on worship-pers in York Minister to out-imagine the terrorists who carry out suicide bombings by creating a circle of love that would turn enemies into friends.
Dr Sentamu, the ex-Bishop for Birmingham, seemed to echo Birmingham City Council's flourishing neighbourhoods policy, which seeks to overcome deprivation by improving housing, schools and skills.
He said: "As we seek as a nation to address the evil of anyone who would wish to maim and kill others by suicide bombing, we need a three-pronged approach.
"First, to create neighbourhoods that are flourishing, safe, clean and generous.
"Secondly, to wake up to the truth that those who mastermind the terrorists networks are brilliant in inspiring those who come to their cause by giving them a vision which tragically is used solely for evil ends.
"Thirdly, the only way to overcome terrorism is to out-imagine it. As the SAS motto says - 'He who dares wins!' That is - out-imagine your enemy."
Terrorism could only be overcome by offering a vision of wholeness in a compelling way that was so persuasive that would-be bombers would come to see this as their own vision, Dr Sentamu told the Christmas Day congregation.
"Together, we can out-imagine, out-plan and out-think would-be bombers and turn would-be enemies into friends. This is what God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit did on the day Christ was born 2005 years ago," he said.
The Archbishop said the plan should include the creation of neighbourhoods which were flourishing, safe, clean and generous
He added: "Offering a vision of wholeness in a compelling and imaginative way that is so persuasive that would-be bombers would come to see this as their own vision.
"A vision that would turn them from outsiders, self-excluding and deluded despisers of others, into belongers; a vision which will help them to see that those they seek to destroy are their own brothers and sisters regardless of their religious
affiliations." Dr Sentamu, who was taking his first Christmas Day service as the new Archbishop of York, added: "The way to do this is by drawing a large enough circle of love which includes them and us.
"Relying on tough laws alone won't do it. Trust in tough laws alone won't do it.
"Revenge and the desire to banish them to another island won't do it.
"Together, we can out-imagine, out-plan and out-think would-be bombers and turn would-be enemies into friends. On our own we can't get it together. Together we can get it."