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Whaleoil reader Isherman writes

It was disappointing if not surprising yesterday, to read posts by some commentators of the left accusing the right of playing politics with the atrocious events in France.

Some of the inferences include: the right using these events to push a political interest in promoting division, the justification to erode personal liberties with wide intrusive state surveillance, and even attempting to turn the discussion into a call for religious war.

To my mind, it is actually they who are playing the politics here, and turning an act of terrorism into a narrative of blame.

The valid discussions that are being held (across the political spectrum) are, or at least should be first and fore-mostly concerned with a serious and international problem that exists, one that affects the security of ordinary people all over the globe, and not strictly limited to those living in western democratic countries either.

They seem to ignore the fact that countries with Socialist governments and liberal societies are in no way immune from this cancer, so suggesting that if we all just take the dialogue and hug approach, and bury our heads in the sand to some stark realities that it will all just go away.

Sadly, I believe we have not yet seen the apex of Islamic extremism. That apex IMO will not just be further attacks such as we have already seen, but region wide conflicts that will have a global impact. If the left want to contribute, then start with some honesty and lets discuss the problem.

Finally, they should remember that while we may disagree with the politics of the other, we are bound in our duty to protect the very freedoms that democracy and free speech allow us.

Our freedoms will not be taken away from us by the State seeking to protect its citizens by keeping abreast of threats, it will be taken away from us by a ready acquiescence to intolerance and barbarism that we allow to fester and grow in our society.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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