2005年07月28日

our reaction could very easily destroy our society

偶然見つけたスコットランドの新聞,the Heraldの読者の手紙。
http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/43847-print.shtml
Mark Boyle informs us that anybody who runs from armed police after being challenged to stop deserves scant sympathy (Letters, July 27). In essence, Mr Boyle's view is that if you run from the police the death sentence (summarily delivered) is acceptable. The empty expression of regret tendered by the Metropolitan Police and the government does little to suggest that they do not share this view. I could make the plea that being brought up in Sao Paolo would naturally make the Brazilian gentleman rather nervous of people in ordinary clothes bearing guns – but it is hardly necessary. He had committed no crime; his sole offence was to panic.
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If "scant sympathy" becomes the view of the majority then the terrorists have won, our fundamental principles of law will have dissolved, our security forces will become no better than the very people they are supposed to protect us from. We have already seen hundreds of innocent people arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act – less than 2% of almost 1000 (predominantly non-white people) so detained have been convicted on terrorist charges. Now we have a shoot-to-kill policy, alongside the view that the execution of innocent people is an acceptable price. Democracy demands constant vigilance, drop your guard and it can vanish overnight.
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The Weimar Republic vanished amid propagandist lies warning of the terrible dangers presented by Jews and Bolsheviks. We must not allow our democracy to vanish amid the propaganda warnings of Muslim fundamentalists and terrorists. Our way of life is not threatened by the terrorists, they are unquestionably evil, but do not exist in such numbers as to destroy our society. But our reaction could very easily destroy our society.
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Remember Pitt's dictum: "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human liberty, it is the argument of tyrants, the creed of slaves." It is not necessary to abandon our most cherished principles. Now, more than ever, is the time to defend them. Remember the effects of internment on IRA recruitment: there is nothing like killing or arresting innocent people from a subsection of the population to enhance terrorist recruitment. We can beat the terrorists, but not by becoming terrorists ourselves. We can beat them by denying them recruiting grounds, and by refusing to lower ourselves to their degraded standards.
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Dr Bill Wilson, Lochend Castle Barns, Edinburgh.


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