Now putting aside the very idea of fighting a war on an emotional state. We are dealing with politicians and a mass media that is working with sound bites and trying to operate at the level of the intellectual lowest.
Our Home Secretary has been telling everyone about the threat we face from Terror, she is talking Terror Asbos, taking passports, removing citizenship from terrorists, stopping them re-entering the country etc etc. She is reported to have said must use 'all the legal powers we need to prevail' along with introducing new civil powers that can be used against those expressing ‘Extreme Views’ that do not, currently, break the law. More on this bit later.
We have Boris calling for new laws to reverse the presumption of innocence so that any British citizen who returns to the UK from Iraq or Syria can be arrested without there being any proof of their involvement in terrorist activities.
Boris called this a minor change to British Law. Throwing out the cornerstone concept of innocent until proven guilty is just a minor law to him. Group arresting people without the slightest shred of proof simply because that had been to a named country is just a minor law to him.
Hey, given that he is now officially standing as a Tory MP he could be Prime Minister in a few years time.
Strong stuff, our political class and our leaders telling us they are in control, that they are aware of the situation and are taking control. We will protect you; look at these new laws and regulations. Vote for us, we sound like we know what we are doing.
Fortunately those two are not in control, these two are: