Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The EU's War On (Victims Of) Terror

Blair's prosecutors won't file charges against the cops who accidentally shot an innocent man just after the London bombings. Instead they're using the Precautionary Principle to prosecute the entire London police force! On similar reasoning, Blair and his EU cronies are trying to stop Israel taking down its enemies.
No police officers will face criminal charges over the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Crown Prosecution Service said yesterday.

He was
shot dead at Stockwell Underground station, south London, last July by anti-terrorist officers who mistakenly feared that he was a suicide bomber.
But (my ellipsis)

The Metropolitan Police will be prosecuted under health and safety law over "operational errors" in planning and communication which fell short of criminal offences.

The trial will force Sir Ian Blair, the...Metropolitan Police commissioner, and his senior officers to seek to prove that they did everything they could to ensure the "health, safety and welfare" of Mr de Menezes, 27, a Brazilian electrician.

...there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the Office of Commissioner of Police for an offence under sections 3 and 33 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW) of failing to provide for the health, safety and welfare of Jean Charles de Menezes.

Until now, HASAWA has meant that if one of your employees trips over an uncovered cable, you're liable. The prosecution of the cops under this law asserts that they are responsible for the health and safety of all potential criminals, without regard for potential victims.

That would stops cops chasing kids racing cars (they might crash & kill themselves), shooting suspected armed criminals (bad for their health) or arresting nutty pedophiles (they might commit suicide).

This new interpretation stems from the EU's Precautionary Principle - potential harm must be minimized without regard for the consequences. That ignores the reality of tradeoffs - kids racing cars may kill others, as may armed robbers, and pedophiles. Anyone involved in public order has to balance the risk to potential victims against the risk to potential criminals.

But Blair and his EU buddies don't care about victims, which explains why they want to stop the Israelis destroying their attackers:

Big power diplomacy to stop the fighting in Lebanon ground into gear yesterday as Britain and other European states pushed hard for the deployment of an international intervention force on the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Dominique de Villepin, the French prime minister, was already in Beirut to call for "an immediate truce", while President Jacques Chirac urged the creation of an international force with the "means of coercion".

But - as our frog munching friends well know - peacekeeping forces don't fight. That's why the UN handed the population of Srebrenica over for rape and slaughter. So there's no chance they'll stop the head-hackers attacking Israel.

But their presence would inhibit the Israelis from fighting back, which is what the EU's anti-semites want.

The good news is that unlike Londoners and their unfortunate cops, Israel has the US watching its back, so will stop killing terrorists only when its good and ready.