Terror threat level: Hysterical?
Ha ha. Ha. Meh.
*Sigh* And what does this do...
UK Terror Alert Critical: Attack Imminent
apart from just scare us all even more?
( Rhetorical question)
And it keeps raining. And raining. Rubbish. I'm fed up. I'm staying in with Life on Mars 2 and pizza.
UPDATE: 'Re. terror alerts 'If it moves to critical, you should worry," commented a senior Whitehall source''.
( source: BBC report when the new 5-level system was introduced, in August 2006)
Oh for heaven's sake. We ''should worry''. That's the suggestion is it? The official advice is: to be afraid and stay afraid? And what pray, does being told ''to worry'' do to help aid the fight against terrorism? Terrorism being of course designed to worry, nay, terrify and terrorise people, using terror: the state of being afraid?
Very clever. Almost as smart as the terrorists, who have also only managed to hurt themselves so far ( Al-Qaeystone?)
"We will not allow anyone to undermine our British way of life." said Gordon Brown)
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the British public would not be "intimidated or let anyone stop us getting on with our lives".
What is the ''critical - attack imminent'' stuff then, if not intimidating, and likely to make people anxious and therefore stop them getting on with their lives? I can see why they thought it sounded like a good idea, well-meaningly, when it was wheeled out last year - but like most of the new anti-terror intitiatives, all it does is sound scary and ramp up the fear without actually doing anything practical to tackle the situation. The UK terror alert system is a complete own goal. It hurts us, not those who attack us. We didn't have this during the IRA campaign or during the Blitz, so I don't see why turning the adrenalin dial up to eleven is going to help now. We can all see the news, thank you. We don't need to have our strings pulled like this.
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