Friday, August 05, 2005

Blair Announces Tougher New Deportation Laws

Tony Blair announced today new Home Office powers that will enable Britain to deport foreigners accused of inciting extremism.


Per Blair:

"Anyone who has participated in terrorism or has anything to do with it anywhere will automatically be refused asylum in our country," Mr. Blair said. "Let no one be in any doubt that the rules of the games are changing."

This is an important move that will strengthen the overall British anti terrorism laws and help them protect the British citizens.

Allowing visitors to your country who are on a visa, to preach and teach hate and promote violence against the very government who has allowed them in, is obviously insane. It’s not about limiting free speech, it’s about telling folks on a visitor visa that if they want to say in the country and enjoy the freedoms that affords, then they can't preach violence and incite dumb impressionable people to kill innocent citizens by blow themselves up.

Let see, you are welcome to come to our country and enjoy the prosperity of our free society, but you can’t preach hate and murder……………Seems fair enough to me.

The ultra-left will scream as they already are, that this is an erosion of British rights. I don’t think any sane person wants to give government the power to remove free speech, but I do think that most people agree that speech aimed to incite terrorism should not be allowed.

Blair got it spot on when he said the following:

The political culture of Europe is inevitably rightly based on compromise. Compromise is a fine thing except when based on an illusion. And I don't believe you can compromise with this new form of terrorism………..

He added:

"Coming to Britain is not a right - and even when people have come here, staying here carries with it a duty. That duty is to share and sustain the values that support British life."

If you want to be part of the democracy then you have to support it and protect it from those who want to destroy it. I like Tony Blair and think is has the metal for the job in front of him. His comments today take me back to his speech before congress after the 9-11 attack where he said the following:

That's what we're fighting for. And it's a battle worth fighting.

And I know it's hard on America, and in some small corner of this vast country, out in Nevada or Idaho or these places I've never been to, but always wanted to go...

I know out there there's a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business, saying to you, the political leaders of this country, “Why me? And why us? And why America?”

And the only answer is, “Because destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do.”

And our job, my nation that watched you grow, that you fought alongside and now fights alongside you, that takes enormous pride in our alliance and great affection in our common bond, our job is to be there with you.

You are not going to be alone. We will be with you in this fight for liberty.

We will be with you in this fight for liberty. And if our spirit is right and our courage firm, the world will be with us.

It was a great speech and one that everyone involved in this battle would do well to read again from time to time. Here is a link to read the whole thing:

Blair Speech