Thousands of Icelanders are sending a message to Gordon Brown that they are not terrorists after the UK used terror laws to freeze their assets.
An online petition was launched this week following the UK government’s attempt to protect British savings in Iceland’s failed Landsbanki.
The petition has been signed by about 40,000 people and shows Icelanders with signs saying they are not terrorists.
Signatories to the petition have uploaded wry photographs of themselves in an attempt to show the absurdity of categorising an Icelandic bank as a terrorist organisation.
The photographs show ordinary Icelanders – including a fisherman, a baby and a man in a Father Christmas costume – holding up hand-written signs stating: “Mr, Brown, we are not terrorists.”
But despite the light-hearted tone of their protest, Icelanders are furious by what they see as the high-handed actions of the UK government, its implied slur on their national character and the dire consequences for the Icelandic economy.
Like most Americans, I imagine most Brits never paid attention to the crap “anti-terror” laws being enacted “on their behalf”. After all, if it’s against terrorists, it must be OK, right?
Wrong! The so-called Patriot Act in the United States has been used more often by local law enforcement to snoop and sniff around people the government doesn’t approve of – or just wants to nose around – than to actually bother someone interested in bringing down a democratic nation.
The clowns in government suits don’t need any help to do that on their own, thank you.