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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 13 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 13 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

David Mery’s front page piece in today’s Guardian certainly makes for interesting reading – and raises some very valid and important questions about the actions of the police in the wake of the London tube bombings. Well worth reading, and worrying.

This 733rd post was filed under: News and Comment.

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Comments and responses

Comment from A T Hunn


by A T Hunn

Comment posted at 22:15 on 30th September 2005.

Look, either you are for the forces of law or you are with the terrorists. Persident Bush has made that very clear, and society must be protected from terrorism by whatever means necessary.

This guy is obviously a subversive whining ingrate and he deserves all the treatment he got. Writing articles about it on the front page of the newspaper shows him to be just another cry baby liberal. But what else do you expect from the Guardian and their columnists?


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 11:09 on 1st October 2005.

You say

society must be protected from terrorism by whatever means necessary

But that really means nothing unless you state precisely what you mean by ‘protected’ and by ‘terrorism’…


Comment from A T Hunn


by A T Hunn

Comment posted at 12:01 on 1st October 2005.

In its absolute sense, “terrorism” is anything which threatens the rule of law.

“Protected” means using any means at their disposal to prevent the rule of law being threatened.

Obviously 9/11 was not a sufficient wake up call for some people to realize that we are at war, everything changed, and the necessary measures need to be taken. During the war against the Nazis, people accepted without question the need for rationing, identity cards, censorship, and the need to round up enemies of the state and subversives eg communists, ethnic Germans, and Japanese and put them in interment camps. The war on terrorism is no different, and since as our great leaders in thsi crusade against the force of evil have declared, “if you are not with us, you are against us”, those who oppose such measures are revealing themselves to be fifth columnists and are aiding and abetting the terrorists and their cause.


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