Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Good news for a change

The Italians last night captured the mastermind behind the Madrid atrocity, and the Belgians rounded up a cell actively plotting terrorist attacks. And how did they do it? Not by overwhelming military force, not by invading a small country and bombing it back to the stone age, and not by torture - but by good, old-fashioned law-enforcement techniques.

If you see the fight against terrorism as part of a "war of civilisations", then nothing shows the superiority of western democracy better than this. Terrorists are criminals, and they're going to be treated as such. And in the process, we won't be creating any new Osamas (or at least, it is vastly less likely). Maybe the Americans could learn something here...?