Thursday, October 19, 2006

Britain - No 1 Target

The Guardian leader comment, August 17:
...French, Dutch and German ministers are said to support ethnic profiling, while the usual suspects within the British media have taken up the call, attracted by a naive utilitarian argument that since young, male Muslims are the likeliest perpetrators, the easiest means of increasing security would be to single them out for special attention. The EU and the British government would be wise to resist such calls - not only is ethnic profiling counterproductive and antagonistic, it is also dangerously ineffective.
The Guardian today:
Britain now No 1 al-Qaida target - anti-terror chiefs

...Britain is an easier target, they have concluded, because of its traditional links with Pakistan which is visited by tens of thousands of people each year. Intelligence agencies have found it very difficult to penetrate the camps there... Potential new recruits are carefully selected and targeted - mainly Muslim men in their late teens and early 20s...
Remember - we must resist the calls for ethnic profiling. I mean, what possible good could it do?

9 Comments:

Anonymous ghost of john trenchard said...

interesting that you highlighted the Pakistan-Britain link.

By contrast, the Germans have strong links to Turkey and Kurdistan , and yet , they have hardly any of the problems that we have.

The solution is so bloody obvious. Stop all flights to and from Pakistan , until Musharaf closes down all the Mandrassas and hands over Bin Laden.

11:13 am  
Anonymous archduke said...

very interesting post on Jihad Watch - Robert Spencer was himself "profiled" at an Ohio airport. Some cops noticed that he was looking at a "Jihad" site on his laptop, and questioned him.

(he was very glad by the way - even though JihadWatch is actually anti-jihad, it shows that American cops are on the ball - unlike our lot who let Burka clad Sun reporters through without checking.)

11:45 am  
Anonymous archduke said...

flashback: Sun "burka" reporter gets through UK airport security

I could have been anyone

profiling? we dont even ask them to lift their veils.

11:56 am  
Anonymous max said...

Maybe the Gruaniad should start profiling their own columnists?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1116855,00.html

1:12 pm  
Blogger rexie said...

If Robert Spencer had been visiting anti-Jihadi web-sites while waiting for a flight from the UK, I expect he would have been interrogated for islamophobia.

6:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know why we tolerate these POS states, - Paki and afghan. To my way of thinking they should be sheets of molten glass.

7:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Musharf closes down madrasses!!!! What a hoot! He's even given waziristan back to the taliban rag-heads, 'cos he's shit scared of em. They wooped his piss-poor army, with inside info from his wretched ISI. Ain't it time everyone woke up to the situation. That Bastard PUTIN is arming every messianic lunatic on the planet to keep his economy and ego well oiled. All these Islamic vermin are good for is fucking, fighting, and selling drugs, and we welcome 'em. The inmates run the asylum in westminster. If the nexr vote is a hung parliament, I'll be first with the rope

7:53 pm  
Anonymous rexie said...

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8:18 pm  
Blogger rexie said...

I'm flattered that someone should choose to personate me (above). As it happens, I am no great admirer of the Guardian or the BBC, though I prefer both to the Independent

7:44 am  

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