Wednesday, 7 June 2017


The public is calling for more action to prevent terrorist attacks. Theresa May has said that the time for political correctness is over.

Dominic Casciani, on the BBC website quotes the British prime minister: "And if our human rights laws get in the way of doing it, we will change the law so we can do it."

How much can governments do?

Each country will tighten its laws according to the level of fear and the need to do the right thing, but--

What is the right thing?

Xavier Thomas was found floating in the Thames. Photo BBC website

The victims and their families clamour for stricter rules, more safety measures, while the authorities are all tied up in regulations, never mind the politicians who cannot be seen as dictators and fascists.

UK counter terrorism unit. Photo: BBC website

When terrorism raged in Argentina, the armed forces declared martial law and arrested anyone who seemed involved with the insurgency. The result was a chaotic, lawless system that produced thousands of victims and caused as much fear as the terrorist attacks.

Where is the middle ground?

How do we respect peoples' rights and prevent atrocities? 

The novelist, Brad Thor discusses this issue:

In Canada we are famous for tolerance, diversity, acceptance of other cultures and customs. This is an open country, with enormous empathy and generosity. Will it cost us?

The RCMP counter-terrorism unit has published a guide with on how to anticipate the radicalization of youth, and tips on what actions to take.

As part of their Conclusions, the RCMP advise:

"In light of the threat of radicalization leading to violence, each of us has a role to play in preventing violent behaviour. Law enforcement is not the only way to combat this phenomenon. All Canadians should be aware of the possibility that someone close to them could become radicalized to violence. Being better informed, having a better understanding and knowing the resources available will help Canadians to be more resilient and better equipped to face the situation." 

Makes sense.

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