YEP Says, June 29: When sorrow and sympathy are just not enough

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THE GROWING list of British victims of the appalling attack on a Tunisian tourist beach has made this the most devastating mass murder of UK citizens since the July 7 bombings a decade ago.

THE GROWING list of British victims of the appalling attack on a Tunisian tourist beach has made this the most devastating mass murder of UK citizens since the July 7 bombings a decade ago.

That fact alone should be reason enough for the Government to ensure that it takes decisive action against the growing Islamist threat to this country. Ministers cannot simply express their shock and sympathy and then do nothing in the hope that this type of outrage will not happen again. Because, sooner or later, it will.

David Cameron, previously eloquent in his support of North Africa’s so-called Arab Spring and decisive in his support for the rebels who overthrew Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, now appears as confused and helpless as all his fellow Western leaders, powerless to prevent the self-styled “Islamic State” from expanding its Middle Eastern base, inspiring a new generation of suicide bombers and enticing British Muslims to leave their homes and embrace its murderous ideology.

Mr Cameron and his fellow leaders cannot afford to use the complexities of this issue as an excuse for inaction.

The Prime Minister’s clear priority is the protection of UK citizens. This means finding new ways to counter the indoctrination of British Muslims. But it also means Britain and its allies finding a common resolve to stem the growth of “Islamic State”, restore order in Libya and end the poisonous civil war in Syria which is feeding this new Islamist threat. No one can pretend that these are simple tasks. But to save British lives, they must be pursued.

City turns out to cheer on troops

How wonderful to see so many Leeds people turn out over the weekend for an event that saluted the bravery of the country’s military heroes.

Thousands went to Victoria Gardens and Cookridge Street as part of this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations. “The day was wonderful, we couldn’t have asked for any more,” said one veteran. Hear hear to that Leeds. You did ‘em proud.

PIC: Simon Hulme

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