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But Is It Hitler?

by | 10th, August 2006

“TERRORISTS are the greatest threat since Hitler, warns Reid.”

That’s John Reid, the latest Home Secretary. And it’s the headline in the Telegraph.

Mr Reid says Britain is now facing "probably the most sustained period of severe threat since the end of the second world war". We are confronted with a type of "unconstrained international terrorists".

A look at the Times’s story on what weapons Hezbollah have at their disposal laser-guided missiles, guns and bombs suggests something more than IRA mortar bombs and kneecapping implements.

The Guardian’s website leads with news of “a major terrorist plot to allegedly blow up aircraft in mid-flight”. People suspected of plotting to blow up airplanes flying between the UK and US have been arrested. The Home Office has raised the current terrorism threat level from “severe” to “critical”. An “attack is expected imminently”.

And John Reid says that those who don’t support the Government’s anti-terrorism drive “just don’t get it". So perhaps they will get it if terrorists can be likened to something they do get, like Hitler?

Not that Reid actually mentions the name of the old German leader in his first speech on national security since becoming Home Secretary. The Hitler part is of the Telegraph’s making. You’d expect this paper’s readers to be sympathetic to the purge on the evildoers. But

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