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Saturday, April 02, 2005

The threat is DOWN?

What is this man saying? That the threat of terrorism has lowered in recent years? The number of fatalaties from terrorist attacks is going down? Writing in The Spectator, Paul Robinson urges calm and suggests that our leaders are fear-mongering themselves into massive debt. Robinson perfectly articulates the irrational logic currently employed by Western leaders in their "fight against terror":

"We didn’t invade Iraq because we knew it had weapons of mass destruction and links with terrorists, but because we didn’t know that it didn’t, and ‘what if...?’ And we are clamping control orders on those now released from Belmarsh [UK prison] not because we know that they are terrorists (if we had enough evidence to know, we’d be able to arrest them properly) but because we don’t know that they aren’t and, again, ‘what if...?’"

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Blogger Guy said...

Ah... the pre-emptive doctrine. It seems hard evidence is just too hard to come by for the governments of today. Instead we are all fed heavy doses of rhetoric and political posturing, along with a dash of flimsy evidence... which thanks to numerous precedents is enough to convict a man or even go to war with...

Ties in somewhat with your point on PR, and how political parties are just about as pre-occupied with spinning media statements as they are producing actual policy and representing the people.

Sunday, April 03, 2005 12:34:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Guy, very good points.
Sad to sad that the political game these days is taken up by more spin than fact. Bob Carr has more media advisers than Howard (5 to 3, I think!).

Sunday, April 03, 2005 11:35:00 am  

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