There have always been people like that, in every society, on the fringes of certain political ideologies and even at the center of them. And of course there are people ready to make excuses for them. For they feel the attraction too, but are too chicken to put their actions into practice. So they cheer instead, feeling they’ve done their bit by supporting the Cause.  It gives them a sense of importance and an escape from their own deeply felt mediocrity.

In this there is nothing new. Bad guys and wannabe bad guys have been a part of this world since it began, though we have been encouraged to forget that. The only question is: are you ready to meet them? Because they are anxious — and ready — to meet you.

In other news we hear that one handgun in Kenya saved 100 lives.

An off-duty member of the SAS emerged as a hero of the Nairobi siege yesterday, after he was credited with saving up to 100 lives.

The soldier was having coffee at the Westgate mall when it was attacked by Islamists on Saturday. With a gun tucked into his waistband, he was pictured helping two women from the complex.

He is said to have returned to the building on a dozen occasions, despite intense gunfire.

A friend in Nairobi said: ‘What he did was so heroic. He was having coffee with friends when it happened.

‘He went back in 12 times and saved 100 people. Imagine going back in when you knew what was going on inside.’

Calling Piers Morgan. Calling Piers Morgan.

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