Why is it so hard to convince people that the war on terror is real?
Britain's Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, has just issued a warning. "We now face a threat level that is severe. It's not getting any less, it's actually growing," Smith wrote in the editorial to be printed in The News of The World. "There are 2,000 individuals (police and security agencies) are monitoring. There are 200 networks. There are 30 active plots."
Yet, Smith will probably be unable to persuade lawmakers to pass a law allowing police to hold terror suspects up to 42 days without charge. Suspects can now only be held up to 28 days.
Like the Democrats in our own country, some lawmakers in Great Britain seem oblivious to how severe the threat to the populace really is. More concerned with politics than patriotism, they will use any pretext to attack the administration and seem to enjoy their role as a speed bump to needed legislation. When the next terrorist atrocity hits, those who played this role of partisan need to pay with their own lives.