July 9, 2005
Britain faced with “clean skin” terrorists?
A main concern is that they are dealing with “clean skins”, possibly British-born terrorists who have not crossed the intelligence radar before.
I would say this ups the ante a bit. No matter their religion or color of skin, these could well be full British citizens — since birth — who have attacked within their country (I shudder when I say “their country”, but so it might be) for political reasons at a time when British troops are engaged in conflicts overseas. And their motives could be found to be directly related to the fact that British troops are engaged overseas.
Lest you think there might be a “high treason” exception to the abolition of the death penalty, this will set you straight: http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/human_rights/adp/:
This treaty explicitly bans the death penalty in all circumstances, including in war-time.