Glorifying Terrorism

“Glorifying Terrorism”. I’m not thrilled by the offfence because it is nebulous and hard to define. But if ever there was a cut-and-dried case, it must be this one:

An MP whose lost five constituents in the London bombings spoke of his disgust following reports that a party was planned to celebrate the life of one of the bombers.

Andrew Dismore, MP for Hendon, was commenting on news that the family of Shehzad Tanweer would join 400 guests at his grave in Pakistan to mark his death on July 7 2005. Tanweer, 22, was one of four suicide bombers responsible for the deaths of 52 innocent people killed when four explosions ripped through London’s public transport network.

Mr Dismore said: “I think it’s one of the most appalling things I have ever heard of. It’s absolutely sick. What does that say to the relatives of the victims who are still suffering? And what about those who are injured too?”

There’s more background in The Metro, and in The Hindu, which is reporting that the trip was paid for by a British company.

I think that anyone attending this sick celebration should be put on trial if they dare return to the UK.

Furthermore, I’m surprised that suicide bomber’s bodies are actually handed back to their families for dignified funerals. It’s far more than they deserve.