Different approaches to terror

A Hellfire missile being manoeuvred into position by British personnel  in Afghanistan in 2006
A Hellfire missile being manoeuvred into position by British personnel in Afghanistan in 2006

Do people not realise that UK armed forces using Hellfire missiles launched from Reaper drones in Afghanistan are murdering people who have simply been engaging in patterns of “suspicious behaviour”?

Britain has given itself the right to do this.

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Britain justifies these policies because it’s apparently fighting a war against terrorism.

Oxymorons aside, contrast this policy with the recent paramilitary display last Saturday in Derry at the funeral of Peggy O’Hara.

It was enough to have “a single police Land Rover” (‘Pressure mounts on police over INLA funeral’, 21st July) with a camera on top to monitor what were real terrorists, dressed in paramilitary uniforms, wearing face masks, some of whom had been in possession of deadly weapons the Wednesday before.

Britain therefore presumes to have the right to murder people in Afghanistan who are engaged in patterns of suspicious behaviour whereas at home the terrorists can flaunt themselves with impunity.

The war on terror is a facade and it’s becoming clear to everyone that different scenarios are in play.

Louis Shawcross, Hillsborough