Perceiving a weakness in free societies, Lenin once remarked that capitalists will sell the very rope that Communists would use to hang them. This came to mind while reading this in the UK Times:
THE Foreign Office has cleared dozens of Iranians to enter British universities to study advanced nuclear physics and other subjects with the potential to be applied to weapons of mass destruction.
In the past nine months about 60 Iranians have been admitted to study postgraduate courses deemed "proliferation-sensitive" by the security services. The disciplines range from nuclear physics to some areas of electrical and chemical engineering and microbiology.
Additionally, figures obtained by David Willetts, the shadow secretary for innovation, universities and skills, show that in 2005-06, 30 Iranians were doing postgraduate degrees in subjects covering nuclear physics and nuclear engineering.
Certainly the basic insight that the US Constitution is not a suicide pact is applicable to freedoms in England also.
The flow of Iranian scientists to Britain for training has caused alarm as the nuclear standoff between Iran and the West becomes increasingly tense. When confronted with the figures this weekend, the Foreign Office admitted that it was reviewing the vetting for sensitive areas of study and planned to announce an overhaul within the next few weeks to make procedures more rigorous.
Now, how many people from Islamo-fascist states are studying these subjects here?