What’s turned our attention to the topic again? Two stories on different sides of the globe.
The first is down in Australia. ‘Terrorism has become a persistent and permanent feature of Australia’s security environment’ according to the country’s Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. He’s unveiled his proposed legislation on how do deal with the enemy within.
This Australian blogger blames immigration and political for Australia’s terrorism problem.
Thanks to political correctness Australia is, and will forever more, be a target for terrorists … Thank you very much to all the goody two shoes, politically correct, left wing morons and anyone who listened to them. You are responsible for this! You should hang your heads in shame.
Over on the other side of the world in the US, Afghan-born Colorado raised, Najibullah Zazi, pleaded guilty to a bomb plot.
This comes off the back of recent comments by the United State’s Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, who says that homegrown terror is as big a concern as international terrorists.
‘This past year has seen a spike in the number of American citizens and residents arrested for planning or carrying out terrorist acts’.
That’s the opinion of US Homeland Security top boss, Michael Chertoff, who’s views can be found here on the Daily Beast blog.
Some of the online chatter is on how to tackle alienated individuals who buy into an alternative ideology, who wish to harm the societies in which they were born or brought up in.
James Kirchick argues there’s little that can be done to prevent homegrown terrrorism. And says you simply have to carry on with the policies of the last 9 years.
‘Ultimately, there is little more that the United States can do to prevent homegrown terrorism, other than maintain the counter-terrorism policies enacted by the Bush administration in the aftermath of 9/11, policies that proved so successful in preventing another terrorist attack on American soil. ‘
Is he right? Are there better ways to deal with homegrown terrorism? How do you fight the enemy within? Can homegrown terror even be defeated?