Letters to the Editor: Security forces must be lucky all the time, the enemy only once
"Enough is enough," says Theresa May. Meaningless platitude that this is, she just may be correct. Britain is going through a nightmare of proportions not seen since the IRA campaign in the 1970s and 1980s. But this enemy is very different to the struggle against the two former protagonists it faced back then.
There are no front lines in this battle - the enemy is pervasive, insidious and more than likely British. There is no command and control structure in the modern, military understanding. You do not need Semtex or Armalites to fight this battle, only a work van and kitchen knives. To coin a phrase, the British authorities have to get lucky all the time, the enemy only once.
The last census stated that there are three million Muslims in Britain - as we know most of these are decent, law-abiding people, but if only 1pc of 1pc of this population was radicalised and motivated enough, then this would leave near to 300 serious fanatics believing that God is on their side and that paradise awaits as they pull the trigger. Chances are there are very more than this waiting instruction and training.