After todays attacks it is time to wake up and make the "war on terrorism" mean just that - a war. The death toll has not been the highest even in the last week, 8 murdered in Kenya and 4 in Israel is not the bloodiest day by any means. It is a turning point in that terrorists - presumably Al-Qaeda - have targeted a civilian aircraft with SAMs. Fortunately they missed otherwise todays death toll would have been 200+. We cannot defend against terrorists with surface to air missiles. The only defence is make sure the terrorist is not there in the first place and the only way to do that is to kill them first. If the War on Terror means anything then we must now act. The UK and the US are fighting the same enemy as Israel - islamic fundamentalist terrorists. We must officially recognise this and offer Israel our full support.
We must stop being sentimental about terrorists. Once people join a terror organisation they are already dead. The only thing to be decided is do they die at the hands of our security forces - or in an explosion that kills hundreds of innocent people. That should be easy to decide for anyone with any humanity. The CIA has already done this in Yemen - lets make it official that if you belong to any terrorist group which is engaged in active operations then you will be killed on sight. Stop all EU funding of the PA prior to a full investigation of where the money goes. Jail anyone who provides money or assistance to terrorists for at least 30 years..ideally for life. Genuine zero tolerance for terrorists and their supporters can work and we must do it. Because if we don't do it now it will be only be a matter of time before a BA 747 full of innocent people gets shot down by a terrorist maniac as it comes in on Heathrow approach.
We were not the ones who started the war but for the sake of freedom and the sanctity of innocent life we must be the ones to end it.
May those who died today rest in peace and may their killers rot in hell.