“Crucifixion?” asks Palin. “No. Freedom,” replies Idle’s cheeky chappy. “That way,” smiles Palin pointing to an exit. Idle has pulled the wool over the silly centurion’s eyes! Only he hasn’t, not quite: “Only kidding. It’s crucifixion,” grins back Idle. Palin’s reaction to this outrageous act of deception is a perplexed smile. “Crucifixion? That way.” And so off hops Idle to take his punishment.
The moment the backlash hit Donald Trump following his recent comments revolving around banning Muslims from entering the US, the Monty Python scene flashed into my head.
As jihadists leave and re-enter Europe and the US with seeming impunity, Python sprang to mind. In the following scenario, imagine Palin is not a Roman centurion, but an immigration officer at JFK airport. In place of Idle, imagine if you will, a Syrian migrant:
“Welcome to the USA. Do you have any terrorist sympathies?”
“No Sir, I don’t.”
“Good. Run along. Next!”
“Only joking Sir! I’m a jihadist really!
“No! I don’t believe it!”
“Yes! It’s true! I’ve been to Syria to enhance my terrorist skills!”
“Well I never!”
“Had you fooled, didn’t I? Admit it, I did!”
“Yes OK, I admit it. You’re a very naughty man. Now would you mind joining the queue for extradition?”
“Not at all.”
“Thanks. And don’t do it again!”
“Actually I was only joking. I’m not really a terrorist…”
And so it goes on...
If only life was the same as the movies. But it ain’t. Terrorists tend not to declare their intentions at customs, just the contents of their luggage. Until custom officers are able to scan our brains as well as our bags, then we must assume that wicked people will continue to trick n’ treat their way into unprotected borders.
There are so many ridiculous aspects to the Donald Trump affair that it’s pretty difficult to know where to begin.
I could start with the silly online petition whose aim is to ban Trump from entering the UK because of supposed ‘hate’ crime. That university of East Anglia undergraduates wish to ban him, will not, I’m sure, faze Donald Trump. Nor will their hate and intolerance. Trump’s support amongst Republicans just keeps on growing.
And while we are about it, what exactly pray is ‘hate’ crime when it’s at home?
Is Trump’s alleged ‘hate’ the same as the hate preached by mullahs on the streets of London, Stockholm, Brussels and elsewhere? Erm, not really. For while the radical mullahs of Muslim-friendly Europe incite violence against European infidels and their reprehensible democracies, Trump by contrast, has merely called for a temporary immigration ban.
Think about it: Incitement to kill on the streets of Europe versus a temporary ban on Muslim immigration: Same or different? What do you really think? Go on. There’s nobody around. The thought police have got the night off.
Has it really come to this? Opinion dictated by a few hundred thousand brainwashed thought robots ganged up in a nasty, snarling Twitter hate mob. Is that how far democracy and free thinking have fallen? Beam me up Scotty.
If you haven’t yet expressed your outrage about Donald Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the US, then there’s still time I daresay. You could even think up your own angry hashtag; might I suggest #TrumpIsTheDevil?
Having witnessed the reaction to Trump’s statement I am wondering if we are actually living in the 21st century and not in some primordial sludge inhabited by creatures of impulse, creatures who have yet to develop advanced faculties of reason, logic and hypothesis.
The simple truth is that Jihadists are indeed returning to Europe and the US having fought against democracy with ISIS. And though in an ideal world they would declare this fact immediately upon arrival at JFK and Charles de Gaulle, in the real world it doesn’t quite happen like this.
Donald Trump is, in fact, in good company.
Following the Iranian hostage seize in 1979, US president Jimmy Carter froze immigration from Iran and fifteen thousand Iranian students were also expelled from the US, on the justification that: the government of their home country has committed, and is committing, a number of violent, lawless acts against the United States and its citizens.
Similarly at the outbreak of World War II German nationals living in the UK were immediately interred. Nobody batted an eyelid. Very occasionally security outranks liberty.
So where does that leave us?
On the one hand there is Donald Trump calling for action and the other hand there are the likes of Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton calling for inaction. What lies in between? Not a lot.
While Republicans demand action, Democrats call for appeasement. Trump’s call for a temporary (yes, temporary) ban on Muslim immigration in the US until clearance can be ascertained could just be the lesser of two evils.
Why do I say this? Easy. Imagine yourself in a position where your wife, husband or loved one has been blown to smithereens by a terrorist attack or slaughtered while out doing the groceries – will the knowledge that you are in the ‘thoughts and prayers’ of Hilary Clinton, Piers Morgan or David Cameron ease your pain?
Somehow, I doubt it.