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Anything to declare in the ‘war on terror’?

Issue No. 2089

This government is capable of sending tanks to Heathrow to avert a supposed terrorist threat, but when an international criminal turns up, don’t expect the police to arrest him.

Three years ago Major General Doron Almog of the Israeli army landed at Heathrow. British lawyers succeeded in getting a warrant for his arrest – despite opposition from Tony Blair.

This week it was revealed that a senior anti‑terror officer ruled out enforcing the warrant because of the risks to his officers.

Almog’s experience contrasts with that of the Brazilian, John Charles de Menezes. Wrongly identified by anti-terror police as a suspect, he was shot dead on London Underground.

Perhaps he should have sat next to an Israeli general?

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What We Think
Tue 19 Feb 2008, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2089
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