The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

War on anything – some much needed words

Posted by rantingkraut on January 24, 2007

“The fight against terrorism on the streets of Britain is not a war. It is the prevention of crime, the enforcement of our laws and the winning of justice for those damaged by their infringement.” (…) politically or religiously motivated terror posed huge public challenges, but the response must be grounded in law. Abandoning the right to a fair trial would represent defeat, “an abject surrender to nihilism” (Source)

Such are the remarks Ken MacDonald, the director of Public Prosecutions, made in a speech to the bar association last night according to the Telegraph. MacDonald takes care to point to an obvious but little noticed implication of the ‘war on anything’ rhetoric: If we are in a war on terror then –it would follow- terrorists should be regarded as soldiers, as should drug dealers in a war on drugs one presumes.

Anyway, I am off to create a culture of coffee. This should give me a tactical advantage in the war on drowsiness.

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One Response to “War on anything – some much needed words”

  1. Antibush said

    Bush and the Republicans were not protecting us on 9-11, and we aren’t a lot safer now. We may be more afraid due to george bush, but are we safer? Being fearful does not necessarily make one safer. Fear can cause people to hide and cower. What do you think? How does that work in a democracy again? How does being more threatening make us more likeable?Isn’t the country with
    the most weapons the biggest threat to the rest of the world? When one country is the biggest threat to the rest of the world, isn’t that likely to be the most hated country?
    Are we safer today than we were before?
    We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

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