Is the Government's new anti-terror legislation what we need to fight terrorism? Political Editor Jonathan Walker examines the issue...
We all condemn terrorism. But it?s still one of those topics best avoided in polite conversation.
Any in-depth debate will reveal there is, in fact, a wide range of views on this highlyemotive topic.
Some people have no sympathy with anyone who carries out a suicide bombing, hijacking or other terrorist activity.
But others are willing to go as far, at least, as saying they understand how some terrorists feel.
Cherie Blair (pictured), the Prime Minister?s wife, once claimed young Palestinians felt they had ?no hope? but to blow themselves up.
And Jenny Tonge, a former Liberal Democrat frontbencher, was sacked by her party leader after saying about suicide bombers: ?If I had to live in that situation ? and I say that advisedly ? I might just consider becoming one myself.?
Now the Government is clamping down on loose talk which could be seen as glorifying terrorism.
The new laws are not, of course, designed to catch out people like Mrs Blair.
Instead, they are targeted at people who preach sermons or distribute articles and DVDs praising terrorists.
The measure, contained in the Government?s Terrorism Bill, is a response to fears that presenting terrorists as heroes who have carried out God?s will entices others to follow in their footsteps.
But the proposals face strong opposition in the House of Commons.
Earlier this week, the Government?s majority was slashed to just one in a vote on the proposal.
Critics have a number of concerns. For a start, they believe it should only be a crime to praise or defend terrorists if your intention is to encourage people to commit violence.
Expressing an opinion without any such intention should not be a crime, they argue.
And there also point out that, rightly or wrongly, there are some people in this country who do support acts which might be seen as terrorism.
Some Muslims with strong views on the Israel-Palestine conflict may feel it is acceptable to attack Israeli civilians in certain circumstances, such as if they are living in the West Bank, which is seen as Palestinian land occupied by Israel.
They may also feel that military action by the Israeli army in which civilians are killed is just another form of terrorism.
Critics such as Richard Burden, Labour MP for Northfield, fear the Terrorism Bill will turn anyone holding these views into criminals, while supporters of Israel will still be able to speak freely.
There are also concerns about plans to let police hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days ? before charges are bought.
At the moment, police have to bring charges within 14 days or let suspects go.
Officers say they need the extra time to gather evidence for what can be extremely complicated and difficult cases.
The alternative is to allow people they know are terrorists to walk free, because it takes more than two weeks to build a case.
But civil liberties groups say holding suspects for 90 days is effectively internment.
The Terrorism Bill receives its third reading in the Commons next week.
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