Looks like the British government will finally be able to rid its long-suffering citizens of the Muslim terrorist preacher (what a string of redundant adjectives!) Abu Qatada. After almost a decade of trying to throw out this troublemaker, who called for the murder of Jews and apostate Muslims and their families, Britain and Jordan have signed a treaty, which allows him to be deported to Jordan to stand trial.
This pleasant bloke, you see, arrived at the welcoming shores of Albion claiming "religious persecution" in Jordan. A Muslim preacher claiming religious persecution by a Muslim country - are British immigration officials really as dumb as their American counterparts?
The reason why a treaty had to be signed specifically to deport one individual is the scandalous leniency of British and EU judges. The jurists were afraid that poor Abu Qatada, whose stay in Britain cost the taxpayer over half a million pounds will be subject to torture in Jordan. Previously, the Bethlehem-born preacher complained that the house, which the UK government provided to him at the cost of £1,400 a month to British taxpayers didn't have enough storage. I wouldn't be surprised if some EU court or commission would consider it a violation of Abu Qatada's human rights and order the British government to pay him thousands of quid in compensation.
Of course, when it comes to deporting Christians to Muslim countries, no such qualms exist in the warped minds of British authorities. The Coptic Christian Mansour family (husband, wife, and four small children) were seized by armed UK immigration officers and bundled on a plane to Egypt a few years ago. The father, Hany Ayoub Mansour fled Luxor after being tortured by Muslims and having his house destroyed. Apparently, there's no place for Middle Eastern (or any?) Christians in Londonistan. An Arab saying comes to mind: "Better to be the Englishman's enemy than his friend. If you're his enemy, he will try to buy you. If you're his friend, he will most certainly sell you."
Eugene Girin is a New York-based attorney and commentator.