Saturday, August 06, 2005

"The Rules of the Game Are Changing"
England Gets Serious About Terrorism

Tony Blair is getting serious about fighting terrorism. From the Washington Post, via Jihad Watch:

LONDON, Aug. 5 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair outlined fundamental changes in British policy and law Friday aimed at reining in what he called the "fanatical fringe" of the country's 2 million Muslims following last month's deadly train and bus bombings.

The measures, some of them effective immediately and others requiring approval by Parliament, include deporting people involved with radical Web sites, shutting down places of worship seen as "fomenting extremism," and criminalizing speech deemed to justify or incite terrorism.

"Let no one be in any doubt," Blair said in a nationally televised news conference. "The rules of the game are changing."

His program comes in response to growing public sentiment here that Britain has allowed itself to become a breeding ground for extremist Muslims from around the world, putting not only Britain at risk, but other nations as well.

"We're angry about them abusing our good nature and our toleration," Blair said. "Coming to Britain is not a right. And even when people have come here, staying here carries with it a duty. That duty is to share and support the values that sustain the British way of life."

His plan seemed set to win approval in Parliament, where the three major parties lined themselves up behind Blair after the attacks and rejected claims that Britain had brought the violence on itself by sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.

But his plan drew strong criticism from people who said he was sacrificing civil liberties in the name of security. In their view, Britain is echoing the United States' response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

I agree with Tony Blair's new policy ideas. And, I must add, these are much more serious than anything we do in the United States.

Gee, I wonder who will be the first to be deported:

LONDON - As London braces for another feared attack, two prominent British Islamic militants say British civilians are fair targets.

“We don’t live in peace with you anymore,” said Abu Uzair in an interview on BBC Newsnight.

Really? Ok, bye bye.

Abu Uzair and Abu Izzadeen — both British citizens — justified and even praised the attacks, which killed 52 people. “What I would say about those who do suicide operations or martyrdom operations — ‘suicide’ is a phrase coined by the media, they’re completely praise-worthy,” said Abu Izzadeen.

Both men previously were associated with a militant group in London that celebrated the 9/11 attacks, calling the hijackers “The Magnificent 19.” For years, the group’s leader has advocated violent attacks outside Britain.

British authorities now are investigating whether some of London’s radical imams played a role in inciting or indoctrinating the bombers. Many attended the most radical mosques.

NBC News found the cousin of suicide bomber Shahzad Tanweer in Pakistan. Ishfaq Ahmad says Tanweer admired Osama bin Laden. “At times he used to praise him [bin Laden] — that he is good man,” said Ahmad.

Italian officials say Osman Hussain, one of the men suspected of the July 21 aborted bombings, claims he was shown videos of Muslim women and children being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to stoke his anger.

On Wednesday, Dr. Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, a leading British Muslim, said it’s time to crack down on those who preach hate. "They have to be kept behind bars, in prisons," says Siddiqui.

The incendiary comments by militants only add to the anxiety in London: Thursday marks four weeks since the first bombings.

As I've been saying, Europe is to be feared. When Europeans get angry, the whole world can go up in flames. Can you imagine what would have happened if the Islamofascists had targeted four of their most beloved buildings, as they did here on 9/11 (WTC, Pentagon, White House)?

Can you imagine what the Brits would be doing now if 3000 of their citizens had died instead of fifty?

Can you imagine the policies they might enact and the actions they might take if they had been forced to watch the spectre of two 110 story building crashing to the ground in the middle of one of their most crowded cities?