R.F. Wilson reports from London: Smiling faces all around Whitehall. Finally, after all these years of legal wrangling, the radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada has been deported to Jordan, to stand trial on terrorist charges. (He’s already appeared in front of a judge in Jordan and pleaded not guilty.)
It took the British government and the justice system eight long years to kick the cleric out of the country, with several Home Secretaries failing miserably to do that. They are only effective these days when they need to deal with hate crimes or plug some politically correct cause. That’s when the wheels of the government machine and the justice system go into motion and spin like mad.
The current Home Secretary Theresa May, a keen supporter of minority rights, has said that she is very pleased to see the back of Abu Qatada. Mrs May expressed hope that the British people are just as pleased as she is. No doubt, a lot of praise will be showered on the Home Secretary for her bravery and dedication to duty in the face of that powerful adversary: political correctness.
Need I mention that Prime Minister David Cameron added his absolute delight to the absolute delight of his government at the resolution of the Qatada affair? OK, I’ll do that. Mr Cameron said that what his government promised, his government did: deport Qatada. He couldn’t contain his relief and added that it had made his blood boil to think that the radical cleric was living in the same country and that it took so long to deport him.
So, ladies and gents, we have a situation where it is possible to start a war on false pretences abroad and get 1 million people killed as a result, but it takes eight years to deport a single terrorist suspect from the country. What sort of political system is that? Not to mention that the human rights that Qatada used to avoid deportation seem to be a prerogative of murderers, rapists, paedophiles, hit and run drivers and terrorist suspects mostly these days, who avoid responsibility for their crimes with ease. But when it comes to decent people, all of a sudden their human rights are ignored.
Instead of all that self-praise and jubilation British politicians should be hanging their heads in shame. They have let the politically correct brigade turn everything on its head and do not have the guts to call a spade a spade. It’s a parody on democracy, with politicians shielding themselves from responsibility by jumping on all sorts of PC bandwagons and appeasing aggressive minorities, who seem to be calling all the shots these days and shaping public opinion, creating a situation where things get out of control whenever matters have to be tackled head on.
Embarrassing really, that whole Qatada saga. Heads should have rolled in abundance for that.