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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Glorification - now that's what I mean!

The Blair government is seeking to outlaw the "glorification" of terrorism. One definition of the word is "To cause to be or seem more glorious or excellent than is actually the case". But how does one judge this overdoing of the excellence with regard to terrorism? It has often been said that one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. Peter Hain, the Northern Ireland secretary once "glorified" what the South African government thought was the ANC's "terrorism". Mr.Hain will no doubt line up to vote the Blair way! Present and past Israeli governments have been represented by people the British used to define as "terrorists". The US government has a history of CIA involvement in Central and South America helping "freedom fighters"!

Words! Have we been here before?

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,' it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.'
'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master - that's all.'

Tony Blair will find himself up against juries pondering the same things as Alice. By being like Humpty Dumpty he is making the law into a fool's paradise! There are enough laws already to convict people if they are involved in terrorist activities. Sweeping up those who make strong comments by enacting badly drafted laws will do us no good at all!



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