Cameron's dire warning on the fate of the British hostages in Algeria hints at intelligence of gruesome acts. Before long, fuzzy footage of a middle-aged refrigeration technician from Bromley having his head sawn-off with a bread knife will appear on Youtube. Already the papers are linking such acts to our loan of C17 aircraft to the French. Do they seriously imagine that had we not done so, our expats would have been immune from violence? No. Part of Being Britain is that our citizens abroad are at constant risk from every anti-colonialist nutter, hash-fuelled arab or Marxist indoctrinated African looking for a target for their violence. And every time some porridge-brained bishop, vote-hustling politician, intellectually vacant minister or mendacious academic gets on their hind legs to 'apologise' for Britain's past role in the world they add another tiny bit of 'justification' for targeting Brits and make life just a fraction more dangerous for all our expats.
The Algerians have their own 300-strong special forces, the Groupe d'Intervention Spécial, GIS, that since 1987 have spearheaded the fight against Islamic terrorism. Their training apparently takes much from the Russian Spetsnaz. If so, the tactics will have been a massive immediate concerted assault with any hostages surviving the action a bonus - exactly as the Russians have dealt with many Chechen terrorist hostage situations. It's not an inferior approach to that of our own special forces, just based on a different premise. Their approach says "the lives of hostages mean little to us. Destroying you is more important". It's calculated in the long term to make hostage-taking a less rewarding option.
So Brits living and working in nations such as Algeria are running a double jeopardy; not only won't the hostage takers value them highly, but neither will the government. Just part of Being British.