Sunday, July 31, 2005

Britain - Proposals To Stop Terrorists

The Sunday Times (UK) reports on proposals to stop the terrorists. All of them are great and they need to get on with it as quick as possible. However, the most important issue, the one at the heart of the whole matter, isn't even addressed - reforming Islam.

It's a long article but a must read.

The London bombings and their aftermath have sparked unprecedented calls for government action to prevent future attacks. In overwhelming numbers, people say they are willing to accept seeing civil liberties curtailed to secure long-term security. A YouGov poll in the aftermath of the July 7 bombings found that seven out of 10 people believed it was sometimes necessary to restrict civil liberties in order to combat terrorism. [70%!!]

Proposals for reform range from tougher laws to radical social re-engineering. Should terror suspects be held for up to three months without charge? Should Britain opt out of the Geneva convention on refugees? Should religious schools be abandoned in favour of secular education? Should the state disown multiculturalism? For each of these questions, and many others like them, there is no simple yes or no answer. Each must be weighed in terms of practicality and principle.

But the Times own panel of experts seems to indicated that almost all of the proposals should be adopted.

A must read.


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