Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule.
"As long as the Iraqi did not deliberately kill women and children, and they were killed in the crossfire, that would be okay."
It's OK to use children as shields, then. This man believes that British troops have been practising terrorism in Iraq. Can he point to a single instance of British soldiers firing at Iraqis from behind children, I wonder? If he could, would he say that it was OK?
If we don't chuck such people out of the country, and soon, the electorate will, rightly, succeed in persuading Parliament to shut our borders. And then we'll be in the lovely situation of turning away refugees because our immigration officials are too damn stupid to distinguish between them and the people they're running from. I mean, look:
The father of seven came to Britain in 1985 after being deported from Saudi Arabia because of his membership of a banned group. He has since been given leave by the Home Office to remain in Britain for five years but the Government is reviewing his status.
What? What? Saudi Arabia is the world's chief exporter of militant Islamist terrorism. They have gangs of religious police roaming the streets to make sure that no-one ever breaks any extremist Islamic rule, even if that means dying. They cut off the hands of thieves; they give people the lash for drinking alcohol; they treat women as property. And they regard Omar Bakri Mohammed as such a dangerous extremist that they deported him. You'd think that this fact might give our immigration people a teensy bit of a clue about what he's like. Nope. They reckon it's such a tough call that they're giving themselves five years to work it out.
He gave an interview yesterday to promote a "celebratory" conference in London next Saturday to commemorate the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Keep immigration alive: chuck terrorists and their supporters out of the country.
"But what about British citizens who support terrorists?" I probably hear you cry. Yeah, chuck them out too.