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Acting honourably is expensive, as UK govt is now discovering

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“The silly old fool
Was once a silly young fool.
The strength of the strong and silent
Resides in keeping their mouths shut….. “
From More Proverbs of Bachchoo-ka-adda

Acting honourably can be expensive — as the government of the UK has known for some time and the British media is now trying to hold it to account for so doing.

Take the case of one Abu Qatada, an Islamicist cleric of Jordanian origin and Salafist conviction who was expelled from Jordan, spent some time spreading his vile bile in Pakistan and landed up in Britain in 1993 on a false UAE passport. He was given leave to remain on honourable, human rights grounds.

Abu Qatada is not a great advocate of human rights himself. Consider some of his pronouncements:

In 1995 he issued a “fatwa” stating that it is justified to kill Muslims who deny the faith and to kill their families also. In 1997, from the safe haven of a house in Acton, for which the British State paid the rent, he announced to his followers that Islam deemed it legitimate to “kill Jews, including Jewish children.”

In October 1999, he gave a speech at London’s Four Feathers mosque saying “American citizens should be attacked, wherever they were — and there is no difference between English people, Jews and Americans.”

He has made no direct mention of the Hindu, Sikh, Zoroastrian or other faiths. Even so, in an Al Qaeda magazine published in Syria, he attacks........

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