The left-wing lauds Julian Assange, ignoring his alleged criminal behaviour.
They celebrate Edward Snowden despite the fact he is a traitor and currently enjoys the protection of a despotic virtual dictator.
They falsely claim that their enabler, Glenn Greenwald has won a Pulitzer Prize, when he has not.
They hold these three up as heroes, when the reality is starkly different.
Max Hastings calls them outÂ and explains why the “liberals who defend traitors like Snowden and Assange should look at this photo and admit: We were deluded fools”.
Just imagine the Queenâs Birthday Parade, June 13, 2015: the monarch, her family and escorting officers are arrayed on Horse Guardsâ in Whitehall, watching the serried red companies wheel and march past in slow time.
Suddenly, men burst from the crowd and begin spraying bullets among the soldiers and spectators.
It is a scenario from hell, yet no more fanciful than that of Wednesdayâs massacre in a Paris magazine office, or last monthâs slaughter of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, or the carnage of the London bus and Tube bombs of July 2005.
It is the sort of image with which security chiefs live every day of their working lives, because for them that would be the cost of a failure.
Yesterdayâs dramatic events in France ended with three terrorists and four hostages dead after a formidable French security and intelligence operation.
The intelligence services have never doubted that new terrorist attacks will come to the West, including Britain. An event such as the Charlie Hebdo killings merely gives the ongoing threat a shocking new sense of immediacy.
On Thursday, the director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, made a rare speech, warning it was almost inevitable that an attack in this country would get through sooner or later. âAlthough we and our partners try our utmost, we know that we cannot hope to stop everything,â he said.
The price of living in an open society, with the precious freedoms we take for granted, is that all of us, great and small, are vulnerable to attackers consumed by hatred for our culture, its values, and manifest superiority to those from which they come.
Globalisation places a disturbing number of such people in our midst, rather than far away in Somalia or Iran.
The good news is that although Islamic fanatics can cause us pain and grief, they pose no existential threat as did Hitlerâs Germany or Stalinâs Soviet Union.
They cannot be compromised or parleyed with, because they have no rational political demands: they claim affiliation to a feudal order in which women are denied rights, technology is banished and mullahs arbitrate over daily life.
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