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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