Sir Hugh Orde, The Head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has suggested that we should. This, of course, is absolutely bonkers. Who would you negotiate with? What are you negotiating about? I'm not sure Al-Qaeda has any definable objectives that could be realistically discussed. The annihilation of the Western World? What would we offer them instead? The annihilation of only California or Vienna?
Readers of this blog will know that I am a strong advocate of engagement and negotiation where possible and constructive. This one though is just so far off the scale that it is not worth even discussing. Thank you Sir Hugh for a Friday chuckle. Perhaps better to concentrate on defeating gang violence in Northern Ireland?