We should police UK borders like Aussies
FROM UKIP’S DEPUTY LEADER
IT’S worrying that around 700 British people have travelled to Syria – with many of them trying to join up with the murderers of Islamic State.
It’s disappointing – but ultimately, it’s up to them.
If these would-be jihadis want to hang around with people who enjoy chopping people’s heads off, more fool them.
Of far more concern to me is the highly disturbing news that half of them have since returned home.
The Metropolitan Police this week described those returning individuals as “a significant terrorism threat” – something of an understatement. This is madness. If we know the numbers, then presumably we know the names.
And if we know the names, why aren’t we rounding these people up?
After the terrible events of September 11, and then the atrocious 7/7 bombings in London in 2005, haven’t we learned ANYTHING?
This just wouldn’t happen elsewhere.
Jihadis wanting to return home to Australia, for example, have been warned they face arrest, prosecution and jail.
And that’s because the Aussies don’t soft soap when it comes to their own borders.
We learn also that Islamic State is smuggling fighters into Europe by telling them to shave their beards and pretend to be Libyan refugees.
Once granted refugee status in Europe, they are then free to travel anywhere within Europe’s borders – including to the United Kingdom.
This is emphatically not to say we should be refusing refugees that come from Libya.
We absolutely should accept our share.
After all, if it wasn’t for our entirely shambolic intervention in that country, overthrowing Colonel Gaddaffi without a plan for what would follow, there wouldn’t be this refugee crisis in the first place.
So it’s right that we offer refuge to people whose lives we helped mess up in the first place.
But at the same time, how do we know who is and who isn’t a GENUINE asylum seeker?
Intelligence experts in Libya say Islamic State militants are using gangs trafficking migrants over the Mediterranean to get IS members into the West.
These individuals are considered prize operatives because they can then travel undetected.
Abdul Basit Haroun, an adviser to the Libyan government’s intelligence service, says some migrants are being forced to join IS or take a seven-day course in Sharia law before heading for Europe on traffickers’ boats.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “They use the boats for their people who they want to send to Europe, as the European police don’t know who is from IS and who is a normal refugee or not.
“The boat owners have a list of who to take but some people come suddenly out of the list and they’re told, ‘Take them with you’.
“They come alone and in the boat they are not scared at all. They are for IS – 100 per cent.”
This isn’t a myth. It’s reality. And it’s happening right now.