Thursday, 12 March 2015
Moronic drivel in the Financial Times on Islamic extremism.
I do like this FT editorial which purports to tell us how to deal with Islamic extremism.
The article is entitled “UK Conservative’s crass new plan to fight extremism”. Wow: so the FT has some vastly BETTER ideas on how to solve the problem? You’ll be agog to learn what the FT solution is. Well their solution is contained in the following three sentences.
“Britain’s policies on terrorism and extremism should remain practical and agile. The UK security services need adequate surveillance capabilities and must act within the law. Local authorities and Muslim leaders need to foster strong community relations, identifying those at risk of radicalisation.”
Let’s take that sentence by sentence.
So government policy (on Islamic extremism or anything else come to that) should be “practical” rather than “impractical”. Absolutely amazing. Silly me: I’d never have been able to work that out on my own.
Next, the “UK security services” need “adequate” rather than “inadequate” surveillance capabilities. This is Nobel Prize stuff.
And the security services should “act within the law” rather an act illegally. I’m flabbergasted at the sheer genius of this article.
And finally, “Local authorities and Muslim leaders need to foster strong community relations, identifying those at risk of radicalisation.”
“Identifying those at risk” is a brilliant idea: but the big problem is that in the case of the three girls who recently went off to the Middle East to join ISIS, not even THEIR OWN FAMILIES knew they’d been radicalised. How in God’s name are “strong community relations” going to crack that one? They won’t, of course. Not that the FT gives a hoot.
Are you mentally retarded - an inmate of a lunatic assylum? Well there’s a job waiting for you at the Financial Times and numerous other British broadsheet newspapers writing editorials. Apply today: you’ve nothing to lose. Those with a fully functioning set of brain cells needn’t apply.
Dean Baker does a fine job taking the p*ss out of the never ending flow of drivel that appears in the Washington Post. We could do with a Dean Baker in the UK.