John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, told Tory delegates today that efforts by the UK and the EU to negotiate with Iran had failed and that he saw no alternative to a pre-emptive strike on suspected nuclear facilities in the country.
We have laws in Britain that make it a crime to promote terrorism, even if you’re a visiting foreigner:
Under the new law, fundraising and openly supporting groups involved in terrorism will lead to arrest.
The Act makes it illegal to plan a violent campaign, even if it is carried out abroad.
(Source: BBC News)
Tell me – why hasn’t John Bolton been arrested under those laws?
This is a man who laughs at the dead of Iraq, who unashamedly glories in that slaughter and whose greatest wish is to now extend that evil to Iran.
This is a man calling, publicly, for the illegal bombing of Iran.
And yet… nothing is done.
Apparently, you can incite the murder of innocent civilians as long as long as you have friends in the US government. British law doesn’t apply to Bolton.
Imagine if a North Korean diplomat had, today, spoken on British soil, calling for the bombing of American nuclear facilities? Imagine the outcry, the politicians clamouring to condemn such bloodthirsty warmongering. Or perhaps a Muslim cleric, calling for a 9/11-type strike? The tabloids would have been all over that, in their usual fever of racism and jingoism.
But, apparently, this call to murder isn’t newsworthy.