There is encouraging news this morning from the UK: apparently Prime Minister Tony Blair has developed the masculine equipment necessary to swim against the PC current. According to the article in The Guardian,
|Tony Blair today announced new measures to deport religious extremists who incite hatred.|
|The prime minister said the government was launching a one-month consultation on new grounds for excluding and deporting people from the United Kingdom. They would include fostering hatred, advocating violence to further a person’s beliefs or justifying or validating such violence.|
|“Let no one be in any doubt that the rules of the game are changing,” Mr Blair said.|
One can only hope that Mr. Blair’s anatomical improvement can somehow spread to President Bush. Look at the changes he is proposing:
Admittedly, outlawing Hizb ut-Tahrir at this point is locking the barn door after the horse of jihad has been stolen. Still, we’ll take what we can get.
Is it really possible that the long reign of Political Correctness may be finally coming to a close? Mr. Blair gives us reason to hope:
|Mr Blair was asked if it was wise to run the risk of alienating the Muslim communities by “cracking down” with new legislation and falling into the trap al-Qaida had set for western governments.|
|“This is the balance that we have got to strike,” Mr Blair replied. “And I think people are well able to see between tough measures to drive out extremists and measures aimed at the Muslim community as a whole.”|
Significantly, Mr. Blair said:
|“Such action in the past has been controversial. Each tightening of the law has met fierce opposition. But, for obvious reasons, the mood now is different. Over the past two weeks, intensive meetings across government have taken place to set a comprehensive framework for action in dealing with the terrorist threat in Britain.”|
The ominous implication is that America will not arrive at the same common-sensical point until we suffer another terror attack, one large enough to jolt us as Britain was jolted on 7/7.
Note to President Bush: Another al-Qaeda attack is coming. It is only a matter of time. Do you really have to wait for the bloodstained sidewalks and the heaps of teddy bears and flowers and the candlelight vigils and the solemn memorial services before you exercise the kind of leadership that Tony Blair did today?