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Date: 26 June 2015

Today's Topic: Beach attack in Tunisia

Triggers: BBC News Report

My Grump: Is enough being done to counter these terror attacks?

As a gentle, peaceful, law abiding citizen, I abhor violence. The violence I abhor the most is terrorism. To me, terrorism is cowardice of an extreme kind. To walk onto a beach with an automatic weapon and open up onto bathers and sun worshippers who are armed only with a bottle of sun cream, is the most cowardly act I can think of right now.

Terrorism wins temporarily because of the chaos that is left following an attack. One in ten Tunisians works in the tourism industry, which provides a great deal of the country's income. With the beaches all deserted the terrorists win, they have created terror. When a country's infrastructure is left in turmoil, the terrorist wins. When thousands of holiday makers board emergency planes to take them home, the terrorist has achieved their aims.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the Britains that died in this terrible attack, and those injured in hospital, but my first thought when I heard it on the news was. Oh no, not again..... But the reality is, I felt such outrage that the innocent had been targetted once again, that all I want to do was kill every last one of them. As far as I can see, that's the only way we can guarantee living in peace, now and in the future.
Tunisia Beach Flowers
But that thought is so against what I really believe in. Every time I turn on the news some Islamic jihadist has bombed, shot or attacked a bunch of innocent bystanders, or blew himself up in a suicide attack. Put them in a proper fight against trained troops and they wouldn't stand a chance, so they fight this cowardly war against civilians. If these people are so keen to meet their maker, I think we should help them on their way.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has called for the UK to be 'intolerant' of extremist Islam. He indicates that the Government is now preparing to take a far more hardline approach towards tackling extremism, as families across the country discover they have been affected by the worst terrorist atrocity to hit Britons in almost a decade.

The Prime Minister says that we can only defeat terrorism by standing up for and promoting our British values of 'peace, democracy, tolerance and freedom'. 'We must be more intolerant of intolerance - rejecting anyone whose views condone the Islamist extremist narrative and create the conditions for it to flourish. We must strengthen our institutions that put our values into practice: our democracy, our rule of law, the rights of minorities, our free media, our law enforcements - all the things the terrorists hate.'

I think persistent and sustained drone and air strikes will also help. If anything, instead of worrying about whether this is the right or wrong way to bring terrorists to justice, target them with the help of people they are terrorising, and take them out at source. Even if you have a lone terrorist, or a small group, such as the people who perpetrated the beach attack, they have contact, direction and organization from their leaders in the IS strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

Why should we put troops into these places when any captured ones end up on CNN with their head in their lap? You cannot negotiate with that kind of barbarity, so taking them out from a great height seems perfectly logical. Strike a bit of terror back, if that's the only language they understand.

I've just come in from a long walk along a cliff top at Harlyn Bay, and while I was out a thought occurred to me.

The fact that I call for strong retaliation against terrorists when these things occur, is an emotional response to the intense sadness that I am feeling at the time. So the idea that I just want to bomb these people back to the stone age is born of frustration that I can't do anything about any of it.

Then I think that the poppycock and rubbish some of these people believe in and promote as religious doctrine just tells me they have not long left the stone age anyway. Actually, Christianity has long suffered from the same issues. Could it be that same emotion that causes people to get on a plane and join up in the struggle in the first place? Maybe.... Does it change anything? Probably not....

Please share your thoughts below, thank you.



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