How terrorism has won
As a spices we evolved to take risks - the evidence is there for all to see unless you are of the ilk who still believe the earth is 6000 years and man walked with dino's.
But as we see in some parts of the world, the country of my birth to be more precise, risk is an element that should never be harboured. Not the risk of burning your hand when you discovered fire - or those same fingers being rolled over once the wheel had been invented - or, indeed, falling from the sky at 120 mph with nothing more than a bed sheet keeping you from the pearly gates.
No, it is a risk of taking a photograph of one of the worlds best known buildings - at evensong with the sun going down.
A BBC photographer was stopped from taking a picture of the sun setting by St Paul's Cathedral in London. A real police officer and a fake "community support officer" stopped the photog and said he couldn't take any pictures because with his professional-style camera, he might be an "al Qaeda operative" on a "scouting mission."
I have said on many an occasion that the illiberal laws that are coming out of most western legislators is, and are, totally bonkers. By restricting the movement of the few, which fails every time, you land those laws in the laps of the populace as a whole.
Personally I would rather the intelligence services being fully funded and doing their jobs correctly - but because of the illogical 'need' of the general public to 'see' what those intelligence service do you get idiotic laws made and passed because governments must be seen to be doing something.
This wasn't always the case - and to add to that we should be privy to why a person has been arrested and for what reason. If it is to do ill, then slam them as should be, if not left them go on their merry way and leave them alone.
We have the plethora of laws 'protecting children' which, after they have been used actually show that, in fact, they are not protecting children at all but do more harm than good because no sane adult will go near a child again.
The same can be said for the anti-terrorist laws. You can't photograph a beautiful building because some dumb-ass thinks they are about to save that building from a truck bomb! Terrorist now need to do actually very little. One threat online about a pub in Barking and the whole country goes into a hissy fit. All the while the terrorist sits in his cave having a good giggle telling his friends 'You should have seen their faces ...'.
These illiberal laws are exactly what terrorists want. To make us, and our incompetent governments, terrified of our own neighbours, our own friends and our own families.
All this shows that with their acts of inferred terror - they have won.
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