Monday, August 18, 2008

One man's freedom fighter is another's memoirist

Britain's 'youngest terrorist' jailed.

Not really, though.

Hammaad Munshi, the 18-year-old in question was 16 when he was arrested. He might be the youngest person convicted under the Terrorism Act, as the BBC claims, but to call him Britain's youngest terrorist (sorry 'youngest terrorist') is pushing it a bit.

Brendan Behan was also 16 when he was arrested, and convicted, of trying to blow up British war ships in Liverpool on an IRA mission. He even wrote an entertaining and heavily fictionalised memoir about his experience: Borstal Boy. His is an example these young jihadis would do well to follow.

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