Wednesday, 7 July 2010

'Terrorism: In the face in fear'

'Five years on, Blairite plans to close mosques and force the courts to churn out control orders are forgotten, even if Robert Lambert's description to today's Guardian of a "flawed neconservative" security agenda retains some validity. The departure of a crusading imperialist from the White House helped to cool things down, as did the courageous decision of the then opposition to see off Labour plans to jail terrorism suspects for 90 days and then – once that pitch failed – for 42 days before they were charged. Above all, however, reality intruded. The political edict that barred any admission of the linkage between foreign policy and the terrorism threat collapsed under the weight of intelligence connecting the two.'

Sober and sensible editorial from the Guardian on the fifth anniversary of 7/7.