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Thursday, July 21, 2005
  We cannot have security without justice
I managed to get a number of points raised as questions to the Home Secretary before the Speaker interrupted yesterday.

This question he ignored:
Does he agree that to achieve a calm and peaceful world we need to stand on two legs: security and justice? We cannot have justice without security but, at the same time, we cannot have security without justice. We need to focus on ensuring that justice is done, nationally and internationally, and that it is seen to be done, for example, under international humanitarian law.

He did respond to the point about CCTV. CCTV does operate well to track situations although, of course, it cannot prevent any one event. It can, however, ensure a speedy response and prevent subsequent events (as part of law enforcement).

We do, however, have to be careful not to forget the second leg of justice. Too much of a concentration on security has failed in the past (eg Northern Ireland in the early 70s).

Another point that has missed the media has been that the Kurdish bomb in Turkey was from a group that in Iraq are more supportive of the USA than most. It is a mistake to see such asymmetric bombers as being a united and cohesive group they are not all "on the same side".
 
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Speaking of Justice and Security, it was revealed yesterday that Britain, secretley sold Israel a key ingredient for its nuclear programme in 1958. Strangely enough, this didn't make the headlines. I think it is issues such as these that increase the anger and frustration of young hot blooded moslems. There are a number of issues that all communities need to address to help make the world function peacefully.
 
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