It ever there was a tale that summed up the sad state of modern Britain, it is the tale of Abu Qatada and Norman Kember.
Abu Qatada arrived in Britain in 1993, having been forced to flee first Kuwait for supporting the Iraqi invasion, and then Jordan for being a nutter. Despite having used a forged passport, Qatada was given asylum in the UK because his warped views may have gotten him in trouble in Jordan, his home country.
This, gentle soul was tried in his absence for his part in terrorist attacks in 1998 and for plotting attacks during the millennium celebrations in his home nation of Jordan. But still he was allowed to remain in this country.
“In February 2001, Abu Qatada was questioned by anti-terrorism police over alleged connections to a German cell.
Officers found the father-of-five in possession of £170,000 cash, including £805 in an envelope labelled “For the Mujahedin in Chechnya” but no charges were brought. “
Generous to a fault then, nearly 200k in cash on him and he sends just 800 quid to his Muslim brothers!
To say that the man is an extremism preacher would be a bit of an understatement. Tapes of his sermons were found in the flat belonging to Mohammed Atta, the leader of the 11th September attacks and he is considered Al Qaeda’s top man in Europe.
He is currently wanted on terrorism charges in Algeria, the US, Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, and his native Jordan and was meant to be on his way back to Jordan to serve his sentence.
Norman Kember is the polar opposite of Abu Qatada. A Christian peace activist who was held hostage in Iraq by the very people that he was trying to help. A conscientious objector, who believes that nothing is ever solved through military action (he was 14 when WWII ended, so not really sure how he came to that conclusion).
Ironically Kember was captured by extremists in Iraq and held hostage.
During his time as a hostage the aforementioned Abu Qatada offered to negotiate for his release. Although the exact terms of any agreement he tried to make have not been released and he did not take part in any negotiations. Despite Qatada’s request for his release and many others from groups throughout the Middle East, Kember was not released.
In the end Mr Kember was rescued by SAS soldiers, after a large and expensive operation to find him. He displayed his gratitude by continuously failing to thank his rescuers and by flatly refusing to testify against his kidnappers.
Despite almost being beheaded, despite seeing first hand the reasons for military actions and intervention and despite being the beneficiary of it, Kember still clings to his belief that military action is wrong in all circumstances.
Former British Army chief Bob Stewart summed up Kember best saying he was a:
“..foolish, albeit well-intentioned, meddling civilian”
But he is far worse than that. You see Qatada was released today on bail and has won his fight against extradition to Jordan as he may not face a fair trial, and guess who has put up his bail security? Norman Kember.
Despite the fact that Qatada played no part in his release, as he was not released but rescued, Kember has seen fit to provide his bail security. Foolish, albeit well-intentioned, meddling civilian doesn’t even come close.
Abu Qatada must be laughing his head off; praising his amazing good fortune and preaching to his brothers about how Britain is ripe for the taking. After all we allow people with false papers to stay, despite their extreme views and then cannot deport them to face trial for the heinous acts that they have committed, just in case his captors are a bit mean to him.
What’s more he knows first hand that no matter how evil people are, no matter what hate they preach, what crimes they have committed and what crimes they are likely to commit, they are plenty of people like Kember falling over themselves to offer the hand of friendship and peace.
Thanks to idiots like Kember, taxpayers are now paying half a million pounds a year to make sure that Qatada is kept in the lap of luxury.
It is rare that I agree with a politician but in this case I do:
“‘This man’s presence is an offence. He should be deported if possible and failing deportation he should be prosecuted. “
– Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve
Quite right, Norman Kember should be deported immediately, along with his new friend Abu Qatada.