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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 the Telegraph thinks even they need a nudge and gets in a mention of the enemy they can put a face to.

And the Nazi loon crops up again in the Guardian. The paper says some of the nutcase’s watercolours are to go under the hammer at an auction in Cornwall.

And this is not just your chance to own some pretty rubbish pictures, items auctioneer Ian Morris says would struggle to fetch a single pound at sale. This is your chance to experience history.

In seeking to justify making money from selling bad art by a man who had a hand in the murder of millions, Morris says: “Perhaps if his art had been better received and he had developed a successful career as an artist rather than being rejected by the art establishment he would not have become the man he did, ultimately responsible for the death of millions of people.”

Sure. And if a young Osama bin Laden had chosen to support Spurs and not Arsenal, he’d right now be Israel’s minister of fun.

It might be time to stop trying to make sense of the terrorists and just unite in stopping them…

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