Efraim Halevy, the former head of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, has written a book about his experiences entitled Man In The Shadows. The Economist reviewed the book in their latest edition, in which they claim that Halevy
has a hawkish attitude to the war on terrorism, which he characterises as a third world war. He argues that Western governments should exploit the short period of shock that follows terrorist outrages to ram through the draconian policies the public refuses to accept in between attacks.
He argues that they should? Where has he been? What has he been up to for the last few years? More pertinently, just what does he think Western governments have been up to? Shouldn’t that read “he supports Western governments when they have exploited terrorist outrages”? It is like me arguing that water companies should impose hosepipe bans to cope with the lack of ground water caused by recent dry winters.
Incidentally, it has been raining up here, off and on, for the past fortnight or so.