Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 19:48:42 +0100 (BST)
From: John Pate <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Evil succeeds because good men do nothing ...
On Thu, 17 May 2007, DB wrote:
The fanatics cannot destroy the free world, only we can do that to ourselves, largely by aping the vicious, inhumane policies of the fanatics.
All that fanatics can achieve is senseless killing. It's our so-called `democratically freely elected government' that's taking away my liberties.
If the terrorist threat was real and of the magnitude claimed, our cities would be in flames. I was in a Military Intelligence Home Defence Battalion, during the tail end of the Cold War, and I studied Key Point Security very closely. Any significant, organised, global terrorist movement - backed by the governments of Iran, Syria, North Korea et al., as al Qaeda is portrayed - would have innumerable methods available to destroy the infrastructure of our major cities and transport hubs.
Britain clearly has nothing in the way of effective border controls. Our news testifies to that, including reports from local councils having to deal with the results of mass illegal immigration.
All thoughtful commentators believe Iran would very likely move rapidly to a much more pluralist, secular society if allowed to simply follow the demographic trends in the country. However, reactionary elements can use the West's hard-line stance to whip up nationalism, when it's in fact in Iran's best interests to trade with Europe, India, China, and make huge amounts of money from its oil/gas and mineral resources.
Our own security services have stated that the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have increased terrorism and stimulated terrorist networks.
The question, to my mind, is whether this is malice or stupidity on the part of the people that hold the levers of power in the national and international economies.
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Disclaimer: I've probably changed my opinions by the time you read this
Edit, 2009-02-17: Even the former head of MI5 will admit Britain is a Police State!
"It is time to take stock and to repeal abusive laws and policies enacted in recent years"
Ministers 'using fear of terror' (BBC News)