Fri Jul 29th, 2005 at 08:56:35 PM EST
America responds to terrorism with a massive clampdown on airline security, but ignores numerous other potential trouble spots. Britain responds by hand-wringing, as it's virtually impossible in U.K. law to kick somebody out of the country. France responds by summarily sending troublemakers home.
"The gulf between British and French treatment of preachers of hatred and violence was thrown sharply into focus yesterday when France announced the summary expulsion of a dozen Islamists between now and the end of August. A tough new anti-terrorism package was unveiled by Nicolas Sarkozy, the interior minister and a popular centre-Right politician. His proposals reflect French determination to act swiftly against extremists in defiance of the human rights lobby, which is noticeably less vocal in France than in Britain."
Which approach is best? The individual right of everyday civilians to live their lives as they wish must be weighed against society's desire for safety. How do you reach a sensible balance?