Up to 20 foreigners are in custody in Britain awaiting deportation to countries that have a record of torturing or abusing detainees, Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday, but he defended his efforts to counter Islamic extremism.
Civil rights activists have condemned Blair's efforts to deport people to several north African and Middle Eastern countries with questionable human rights records.
But Blair insisted his government had a duty to protect Britain's security, and needed new powers to counter the threat of international terrorism. On July 7, four suspected suicide bombers killed 52 people on London's transport system.
"We have got to be able to make sure we return people if they are a threat to the security of this country," Blair told a House of Commons committee.
All I can say is good riddance. The dirty little secret of Jihadistan is that the most fertile grounds for development of Muslim extremists are *not* the Arab countries but rather the liberal democracies of the West. Most of the 9/11 hijackers, for example, were based in Western Europe when they started planning their attacks. With the widespread acceptance of "mulitculturalism" and "tolerance" in the West, Islamic extemists until now have had no check on them spreading their virulent "religion." Blair, the adult in this mess, realizes that harboring the extremists in the UK is a greater threat to civil liberties there than deporting malcontents.
Western elites have a suicidal hatred of their own culture, which they consider to be irredeemably racist, sexist, homophobic, ect, ect. Do they think that they would fare better under Sharia?
Some required reading from MN Blogger: Islam for Dhimmis