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@John A Blackley
"I also know that I'll sanction every legal action and every extra-legal action we can get away with to protect that way of life. So long as enough people are prepared to support that, my way of life may be preserved."
My way of life, on the other hand, is threatened by exactly the type of laws which are currently applied to brown people. My way of life is to (peacefully) oppose war and human rights abuses. My way of life does not involve walking around terrified that everyone who doesn't look like me wants to kill me.
You may be happy for murder and torture to continue in order to maintain your way of life, your way of life which clearly decides that all Muslims are immigrants who should allow racism to be part of their lives. My great-grandfather was French so should I too? Or does being white excuse me?
I am assuming that we are both white and middle class, I am at least. That doesn't mean that we think alike though, but that is how you judge "other" people. What a sad and small world you live in
@John A Blackley
It does follow that methods like this lead to further radicalisation, take the example of opposers of the death penalty. When I'm asked whether I would still oppose the death penalty if my mother was murdered, I say no. In that case I would hope to hunt down the guy myself and rip him into tiny little pieces. When torture and death is part of your and your family's life I am quite sure it would drive you out of your mind with grief and anger. I am sorry to impose human characteristics on bogey men but the idea that getting tough with people who are at breaking point will get the job done is ludicrous and creates more problems than it solves. Even in this country where Muslims have freedoms they have to put up with racism and are treated like potentials terrorists. Mix that in with Guantanamo and the errosion of civil liberties and hey presto.
I don't know all the answers and don't pretend to but I won't ever support this kind of torture and rendition while peace protectors in the UK are being arrested under "anti-terrorism" laws
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