Monday, July 18, 2005

Britain debates new terrorism laws

As predicted by so many the United kingdom takes the next step today towards copying America's Patriot act Here

Not mentioned(unless updated) in the article but much discussed on English Television is the concept that "Terrorist web sites" will become illigal to access.

Being patriotic as i am and not wanting to break the law i decided it best to check out what they mean . so i decided to look up "terrorist" in the most common UK english dictionary....

According to the tenth edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary `terrorist' is a person who uses violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims

lets double check and try websters....

Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary describes the word terrorism as the `systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.

hmm ok

well this seems to fit well with the UK and US policies on Iraq over the last decade ..
Some could even assume that political aim might be called oil ?
The violence .. well lets call that "shock and awe" shall we
The intimidation .. did a certain bush tell saddam he had 24 hours to leave the country even Though it seems saddam was willing to hold United nation's monitored Democratic elections
Coercion now that an interesting word

I seem to remember i certain Mr Rumsfeld being asked the question .. "sir what constitutes victory in this war on terror , how will we know we have won ?"
the reply ...

"Victory is persuading the American people and the rest of the world that this is not a quick matter that’s going to be over in a month or a year or even five years,"

so victory is convincing the american people that this isnt going to end soon(if at all) so you better get used to all these bombs and deaths and once you have got used to it . then .. we have won !

That sounds like coercion to me

It seems to be safe i am going to have to avoid all government web sites in the US and UK for fear of arrest

(I wonder how long it will be before the first legal challenges if this becomes law)

My point ?

Well terrorism is a tactic, its exact definition is arguable to the extreme . The insurgents in Iraq and many people in the middle east view Bush and Blair as terrorists and politics aside they are not breaking any literary rules

How do they suppose to enforce this ?

How do you know what "they" have choosen to be "terrorist web sites"?

Again .. who knows ?

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