Thursday, May 11, 2006

Simple questions, crazy answers

Tony Blair has rightly condemned a decision of a British judge to allow hijackers from Afghanistan to remain in Britain and not be at risk of deportation. When the law becomes this absurd, only the unwise refrain from saying so. Which in Britain is about 50% of the population, seemingly.

On the same day, the report on the performance of the security services prior to the 7/7 bombings of London has come out, and says that although no mistakes were made, limited resources meant that the individuals who actually did the bombings were not under scrutiny.

Lets describe the situation we have. A significant number (unknown at present) of the muslim population of Britain (at present about 1.2 million) are what the mainstream media calls radicalized. 'Radicalized' in this context means: they have been taught islam properly (all the jihadi language about killing infidels and making war on unbelievers is canonical and based on an accurate reading of the koran and hadiths) and are putting into practise what their religion teaches them must be done. 'Radicalized' actually means, proper muslim.

The implications of that for the security services is having to monitor hundreds of thousands of people. Is that sustainable? Can the 59 million non-muslims of Britain be expected to foot the bill and exert the considerable effort to monitor, patrol and imprison such a massive number of people? We need to seriously ask whether Britain can afford to have a muslim minority of those proportions within its borders. Controlling islamism in foreign countries is a matter for the governments of those countries and perhaps the international community. Controlling islamism in Britain is up to us, and doing it may entail virtually unprecedented policies. Only twice before in British history have we had a large minority population who were self-declared traitors or potential traitors to this country- the Danes in the ninth and tenth centuries, and the Roman Catholics in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Both of those minorities were subject to harsh and bloody policies before they were finally neutralised as a threat to the life of the nation. Both received help and support from external enemies of Britain who saw them as useful adjuncts to their own efforts to destroy this nation.

Which brings us back to absurd laws. The first duty of a government is to protect its subjects from enemies external and internal. We need ministers and judges who will enact laws to allow the state to do that job. We need ministers and judges who will not spout pious politically correct claptrap that puts our lives and the lives of our descendants in jeopardy. And we need to withdraw from any agreements that tie our hands and make it virtually impossible to kick foreigners out of Britain who hate us and want to destroy us.

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