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Well, no real surprises in the fact that:

a) They were suicide bombers

or

b) They were British born

It was only a matter of time that we had our first 'suicide bombings' and with the disillusionment amongst many of the British youth, let alone in ethnic minorities, it provides a easy breeding ground for hate and recruitment. Especially when you have people both preaching/brainwashing them on one hand and racist organisations (such as the BNP) and people doing there best to make them miserable on the other. And I do blame racism as an influencing factor in all of this.

In the UK we've seen far-right and right-wing groups gather membership and support in 'white' communities over the last few years. We've seen race riots start hitting certain cities for the first time in ages (Burnley, Oldham, Bradford...) and immigration/asylum seekers becoming a 'hot' political topic which has not been helped by some of the reporting in the tabloid press or the media in general.

When you are faced with abuse (be it verbal or physical) on almost a daily basis it will often push you further away and help the seeds of hate against those abusing you.

If we want to help prevent terrorism in this country we need desperatly to be able to tackle and wipe out racism in all its forms.

We also need to stop giving asylum to extreme fundamentalists who are not even welcome in their own countries who then use Britain to preach hatred against the 'West'. Jeez, if they were at 'home' they would probably face imprisonment or execution but we give them a sanction and they use it to condemn us. My feeling is that extreme fundamentalists should be deported back to their country of origin. Even if they face being met at the airport upon arrival, arrested, and face sentencing appropriate to the countries laws. You can't expect asylum in a country you are continually attacking and raising hatred against. Obviously this is a handful of cases and not anywhere near the vast majority of immigrants that find shelter and employment in the UK or Europe.

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tooth_fairy
Jul. 13th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
excellent post sir :)
kostika
Jul. 13th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
How do you tell if someone is an extreme fundamentalist byt the immigration form sitting onyour desk?
angusabranson
Jul. 13th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
You might not from the immigration desk but you can certainly find out through their actions away from it. I have no qualms about retracting an immigrants status and repatriating them.
kostika
Jul. 13th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
Agreed. If they screw up they should be tossed out on their asses if they can't live by our rules. Immigrants should be checked on and watched over to make sure they aren't twats looking to screw over the hand that feeds them.

As an immigrant I've never been checked on or chased. Hell they've never so much as made sure they had a current address for me, nor am I required to make sure they have it. This is something very wrong with the system. Immigrants. asylum seekers should be kept track of for a certain amount of time after they enter the country to prevent exactly the kind of things you're talking about.
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angusabranson
Jul. 13th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
My comments go for all racism. Whatever the colour of the person dishing it out or victim to it.
oldson
Jul. 13th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
I had to move from london because my son was being assaulted on a daily basis because he was white, since I've got up here, I've found the larger part of the minorities to be far more tolerant.

At the end of the day, where a group of one particular nationality or culture congregates, there will be a certain level of Xenophobia, no matter which culture, there are places in dewsbury (my son and I go cycling quite often) where you just don't touch the brakes if you're white, just as I'm sure there are places in other parts of the country where you don't touch the brakes if you're one of the minorities. The problem is never with one culture, it lies in the extremes of each, for every tolerant person, there's likely to be one more who is intolerant, for every person who will help, there's one who will hinder. The difficulty comes when you have isolated areas of only one culture, fortress mentality sets in and you have a situation where everyone gets used to seeing their own creed and colour, so when someone of a different race comes in, they get viewed with suspicion and concern. This is low level racism, but it's still there, I know how I feel when I have to ride through certain areas (and it is a have to, the nearest alternative adds six miles to the journey), and it's not nice, I would imagine that those of races other than mine feel much the same when going through areas with similar prejudices.

Unfortunately, there's no solution, no way to move on, either the human race unites and stops trying to win the race, or eventually it will fall. The only thing that's likely to unite the entire human race is aliens landing, and lets be honest, if aliens land, it's one of two scenario, they're hostile, in which case humanity unites against the common foe, then fights each other over whichever good bits or left.

or

They're friendly

and that's never going to happen, because which benign, intelligent species would ever visit a world where the indigenous inhabitants spend all their time pointing weaponry at each other?

Note to the Diplomat in charge of first contact with the martians, forgive them for blasting all those people because they thought it was normal behaviour for humans........

Maybe I'm just sour, nearly fourteen years ago, I was given the greatest 18th birthday present ever, and now, when he should be having the best time of his life, he spends all of his time running from bullies and getting in to school at 8 in the morning so he can avoid the running patrols of chavs.

Sorry for Ranting Angus, ask me for penance, I'm good for it :)
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