Prince Turki said it was a “true criticism” of London that it was too easy for extremists to stay and preach messages of hate.
He said the Government should exercise more control over them and deport rogue preachers. “Allowing them to go on using the hospitality and the generosity of the British people to emanate from here such calls for killing and such, I think is wrong,” he told the BBC.
Yeah, sounds like a good idea, straight from the heart of a representative of a country that displays the true meaning of ‘democracy’. Why not open some torture camps while we’re at it, like the US have done already? And why not start detaining people at random, without presenting them any legal grounds for arrest and/or possibilities of pardon or negotiation, like Israel does? Why not have armed police in the streets and curfews at night?
If these clowns are continuing running the way we deal with the current situation, we risk ending up not being a good deal better than the terrorists themselves. This is what truly puts democracy at risk, not the actual despicable acts of small groups of extremist wannabe-martyrs. Actions and consequences, my friends, actions and consequences. Don’t let vigilance turn into despotism.
● Jay Smooth makes a really interesting link between the persecution of Muslims (or in the case of Jean Charles de Menezes, Muslim-looking / Asian-looking men) and the persecution of Blacks in America in the late 60s. Once again, the comments section of his posting makes for some good debate on this topic.
[ Updated 28/7 2005. ]