Sometimes it's hard to see just how far we've come in the past two or three years. When this blog started in 2007 the country was under the vicious heel of a sort of socialist McCarthyism, rooting out not Communism but any appearance of 'racism' from British society. The whingeing, moronic bien pensants so eager to cry 'wacist!' were supported officially by Blair, and then Brown, and Home Secretaries, the deeply stupid Blunkett amongst them, who instructed plod to track down and prosecute anyone who criticised the 'religion of peace'. Fears about radical Islam were poo-pooed and anyone commenting in the terms of the post below was certain to be condemned as a dangerous right-wing extremist. As well, of course, as a 'wacist'.
No, I clearly don't imagine Cameron has moved from the 'tosser' to the 'talent' category, but what he's done is to legitimise and make mainstream and respectable the fears we had of radical Islam but about which were constrained from being candid. I repeat, I simply could not have written the post below in 2008 or 2009 without risking a visit from plod. Cameron has moved the boundaries, and for this I am thankful.
However, I think correspondents who believe that we should refrain from foreign military adventuring and fiddling with one side or the other in the ongoing Islamic civil war in the middle east are absolutely correct. We should sell arms to both sides, keep an eye on British subjects doing trade or business in risky areas and a few RFA vessels in the Med ready to evacuate them but otherwise stand on the sidelines. Any British subjects wanting to join the Caliphate should be encouraged to leave and barred from returning. And at home we should come down like a ton of bricks on any manifestation of the Moslem civil war within our own pale.