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a small weapon, the Schengen treaty, the islamist next door

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Aug 3, 2010 at 06:34

I welcome the introduction of a very small weapon to fight the islamist threat. Using a three-letter acronym like IRO avoids the use of the word "islamist" explicitly which makes it possible to talk and write about this at all. The military have a long tradition of using acronyms that somehow hide the subject of bloody murder. The Schengen treaty

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Agreement

in the EU essentially allows for open-border travel between member states. I double checked that the UK is not part of this. Luckily this makes Britain an islamist island, BII for the sake of concealing the first I-word. Maybe it is time to have a reverse-Schengen treatment including the US and the UK to prevent islamist suspects from crossing borders easily. One is led to imagine that if the UK were not a close ally of the USA it would find itself high up on a list of candidate countries for military intervention. In other words, why bother going to Afghanistan when you should fight the islamists next door ?

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