Watchman wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:51 pm
That's good ta. Yes I was looking for a debate beyond "hang all Paki's", because as usual the MSM has framed it in those terms, and I just need sanity to cleanse what I have read
It's absolutely that reductionist tendency to get a handy label of mad, bad or rad(icalised) onto each offender by the media that's killing any kind of nuanced discussion of the issue. The mentally ill are sought out for radicalisation much the same as any vulnerable outsider grouping simply because they're easier to push*. Take, say, Michael Stone. Definitely indoctrinated and radicalised, but equally definitely, the fella is out where the buses don't run. Which is chicken, which is egg?
*Obviously, that's a very sweeping statement, and includes all the usual sensible caveats it should in a sensible conversation between intelligent people. I'm fully aware mental illness carries much more chance of being a victim than a perpetrator, mentally ill people aren't inherently dangerous in any way.