War Crimes Vs. Thoughtcrime

Avi Dichter, the Israeli internal security minister, has cancelled a trip to Britain over fears that he could be arrested for war crimes at the behest of pro-Palestinian groups. Dichter, a former director of the Shin Bet domestic spy service, was to have taken part in a London conference on Middle East .

Dichter was one of the planners of the assassination of Saleh Shehada, a Hamas commander, in 2002. Shehada, and 14 Palestianian civilians, were killed by an Israeli air strike. Doron Almog, an Israeli ex-general involved in the Shehada assassination, narrowly avoided arrested when in London in 2005.

He avoided arrest by returning to Israel after being warned that a British magistrate had ordered his detention. After Almog’s near-arrest, Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister, asked British judicial authorities to review laws allowing magistrates to issue such arrest warrants. Livni repeated the request during a visit by David Miliband, the British foreign secretary, last month, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.

Well only their war criminals, meanwhile beware the lyrics you write because as opposed to actually killing people words are far more criminal. Now please shudder along with me when you read this quote from the judge and realise the dystopia our best writers warned us of, is here and now-

The Terrorism Act and the restrictions it imposes on the personal freedom exist to protect this country, its interests here and abroad, its citizens, and those who visit here. Its protection embraces us all. Its restrictions apply to us all, whatever our personal religious or political beliefs.” 

Go on read it again slowly, feel the warm embrace of its protection, those loving restrictions that protect us all.

In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Samina Malik was not prosecuted for writing poetry. Ms Malik was convicted of collecting information, without reasonable excuse, of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.” 

Gosh I wonder what ‘reasonable excuse’ would be accepted, knowing that could be the difference between freedom and house arrest now. Just to be safe maybe we all need to start writing hack action thriller terror porn novels where the hero is a nice white SAS type protecting pasty western folk from evil swarthy hordes. That way any knowledge of…erm…anything can be put down to research into the amorphous enemy whose destruction we seek to celebrate in our thrilling page turner. Some possible titles:- Black Op Sierra Seven, Free Fire Zone, The Basra File, Incoming, Death Death Death!- a John Bullet Adventure, Full Metal Casket, BloodFire, DeathKill 4- Tactical Response…etc.

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10 Responses to “War Crimes Vs. Thoughtcrime”

  1. Dave On Fire Says:

    Just to be safe maybe we all need to start writing hack action thriller terror porn novels where the hero is a nice white SAS type protecting pasty western folk from evil swarthy hordes.

    Come now, the real action is to be had protecting the swarthies from themselves, with maybe a white woman in danger of imminent violation (aid contractor in Afghanistan?) for good measure. We could call it Liberty Patrol Counterstab Reloaded.

  2. War On Lyrical Terrorism « Complex System Of Pipes Says:

    […] H/t RickB, who wonders what would constitute a legitimate excuse – especially “knowing that could be the difference between freedom and house arrest now”.  Submit your extremist poetry and fundamentalist limericks in the comment box. […]

  3. RickB Says:

    “The names Counterstab, Flynte Counterstab.”
    Awesome! Plus an ethnic sidekick to show with the right training ‘the locals’ can be civilised, but he gets killed when they capture the virginal aid maid causing the hero to strap on the combat webbing-
    “I’m sorry prime minister but you’ll have to get someone else to shoot Brazilians on the tube. I got some unfinished business, Afghan style”
    …and seek revenge and some hot hostage rescue sex (but not too much, sex is girly and involves few firearms…erm unless you’re Phil Spector).

  4. Rafael Says:

    Add a super secret weapon system and a shadowy worldwide criminal/terrorist organization and you got yourselves a best seller, or the next PNAC report!

  5. Dave On Fire Says:

    Take a lesson from the masters: here’s Scorpion Patrol.

  6. RickB Says:

    Das Gap! How about a death ray that works through walls, stolen by Al Qaeda Extreme (the really dangerous ones who do like snowboarding and stuff).
    That’s a good point Rafael, which makes the most money the fiction as novel or as policy document, I see Wolfowitz is back in govt. so there is steady work in the PNAC route. And in fact the girl’s lyrics didn’t get a million people killed, yet the neocons roam free, equal before the law my arse.

  7. Dave On Fire Says:

    Extremist sports is probably the logical next step from lyrical terrorism. How can I top this? I guess tomorrow’s dinner will have to be a bit of a culinary jihad.

  8. RickB Says:

    Shock and coleslaw.

  9. Dave On Fire Says:

    Literally L-ing OL.

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