Friday, May 16, 2008

The scandal of the Dispatches programme

I'm pleased to hear that the West Midlands Police and the CPS have apologised unreservedly for their false claims regarding the Dispatches programme: Undercover Mosque. Not that they had a choice. Their claims were nothing but lies, fuelled by their own political agenda.

As Melanie Phillips says quite rightly, it shouldn't stop there. Both the West Midlands Police and the CPS should be under the microscope for putting political correctness before the prevention of terrorism. It is the preachers of hate who incubate the terrorists, yet they are getting away with murder. If neither our politicians nor our police are prepared to grapple with this reality, we have little chance in the fight against terror.

Hezbollah destroys Lebanon but nobody seems to care

Contrast Hizbollah's destruction of Lebanon with Israel's attack in 2006, when the world was outraged and Labour MPs urged the hastening of Tony Blair's departure.

This time there is barely a murmur of protest. No one seems particularly concerned that Sunnis and Shiites are killing each other. Dean Godson provides an explanation in The Times:

So why does Hezbollah's putsch of 2008 not excite stern criticism - as did Israel's invasion of 2006? It's simple: many “progressives” hate Israeli and Western policy far more than they love Lebanon.