In what I hope will be a regular feature of this blog I will write afterthoughts that will approach my previous post from the point of view I am wrong. These will be based on feedback I receive and what I make of it. In my previous post I argue against “burning down the mosques” but also for a robust response. But what if my idea of robust isn’t err.. Robust enough? Former UKIP MP @Janice4Brexit certainly thinks not. She is of the opinion that the death penalty should be brought back in the wake of the suicide bombing. Now forgive me coming over all Captain Blackadder (he probably won’t) I can see a tiny flaw in this cunning plan.
I am not going to rehash what we know now that’s available on every news channel, just respond to feedback I’ve had. These are the four most common calls for action in bold and my views below, for what they’re worth.
(1) A moratorium on all immigration other than a few specific high skilled visas from the countries where these people come from.
Let’s leave aside the fact this is illegal, in or out of the EU, and even the fact that the bomber was born in the UK. Borders are not enforced at airports they’re enforced by employers as this excellent blog explains. People come and go to the UK for all sorts of reasons, timescales and purposes. The alternative therefore is to count everyone in and everyone out. How? The manpower required would be enormous and may not even be available given the “record employment levels” we have. It would entail a huge shift from the private sector to the public sector and the fiscal consequences of a similar magnitude. Not exactly in keeping with the economic direction is it?
Then there would be the queues and you and I would be in them, don’t think that because you don’t look like a terrorist it won’t effect you, it means everyone. You queue to get in and out. Then of course other countries will reciprocate and we’ll be queuing to get in and out of their countries as well. Then they’ll be queues at the docks as we search every lorry every car, it will be permanent operation stack on steroids. See what happens when you think things through?
(2) Intern the 3500 known dangerous radicals that the security services are struggling to monitor – give them a choice of internment until they are deemed safe or deportation – and never returning. Diego Garcia might be a good place to put them.
Well Allison Pearson is calling concentration camps (article removed) and as mentioned gobshite Katie Hopkins called for The Final Solution, tweet since amended. This exactly proves my point about reacting in the heat of the moment, I’m glad that sanity prevailed. This gives me a chance two dismiss two common myths. The British did not invent concentration camps or interment and they don’t work except temporarily. Internment didn’t work during the Irish troubles and won’t work now, even leaving the legal constraints aside. As to the direction that sets, the less said the better.
(3) Ban Muslim hate groups, hate preachers, “charities” that encourage extremism.
They’re already banned but that is far too glib. I am sure that more needs doing so what’s the best way of achieving the goal? Well, we could send in the jackboots, kick doors down, seize property and see if there are any questions later. Basically this would require us to reverse Habeas Corpus and the concept of innocent until proven guilty.
What’s needed is a properly funded, but not over powerful security service doing it’s job and building trust with one another. Demonising an entire portion of the population will achieve nothing.
(4) Make it clear to Muslims in Britain they are the minority culture, we are tolerant, so long as they live peacefully and do not seek to impose their values on the majority British culture, if they find that a problem, invite them to live somewhere else where their values are the law.
I can’t agree to this as a whole but it raises some interesting points that are to be clarified. The way this was worded seems to imply we are above you, I prefer we are all equal under UK law. All but a miniscule percentage do live peacefully, do not seek to impose “their values” (whatever you mean by that) on us or find that a problem.
But what about Sharia Law? There is no such thing in the UK and there are no Sharia Courts. There are religious councils but they are not permitted to overrule UK law. What tends to happen in religious disputes is to have an Islamic Cleric and a Lawyer present to make sure solutions abide by UK law. Source Full Fact. A comparison can be made with the Catholic Church and it’s prohibition of abortion, that is a religious creed and no part of UK law. A report is due later this year on possible abuses of Sharia Law when it will be made very clear sharia has no place in our laws, end of story.
As the heartbreaking stories of those murdered emerge our time and energy is spent supporting the bereaved and the City of Manchester. We will commemorate and celebrate the lives of those so cruel taken and pray those affected are given strength to recover and carry on.
There is a final point I’m going to make even though I’d rather not raise the question that will follow. It isn’t often I turn to President for inspiration but he nailed the terrorists with just one powerful word. Losers. That’s what they are and that’s why we will win. The smallest of gestures count and build our solidarity. I know some recoil from what is called soft gesture politics and appeasement it is no such thing. The most powerful weapons we have are our values and way of life, it’s that which defeats evil, for that is what ISIS stands for, acts of evil to divide us. This narrative is not as satisfying as revenge and policies that sound well ‘ard. It is the narrative that will ensure those losers continue losing. Long after we defeat ISIS, and we will defeat them, other evil will take it’s place and the fight will continue.
There is one last weapon we have, more powerful than any bomb, gun or atrocity man can ever devise, that of forgiveness. This begs the question I don’t want to answer.
OK Saint Bloody 40, how about you? If it was somebody you loved in that carnage would you be coming out with all these fine words and preaching forgiveness?
The answer to that is no. I honestly don’t think I’d be strong enough to do that, I hope I never have to find out. What I would need is leadership, direction and example to sway me from revenge, a whole shedload comfort and time to heal. There is no point pretending I could do those things I just add my small bit to direction. And my direction is?
Let’s not face down the threat of a Totalitarian Islamic State with a Totalitarian Secular State. That isn’t the answer and a poor tribute to those lives lost.
Thank you for reading.