22 Dec The Calculating Peter Hitchens Lays His Next Landmine
Never make the mistake of thinking Peter Hitchens is a mad man. He knows exactly what he’s doing.
Now we know that both of them had done so.
My point was this – that the murderers of Fusilier Lee Rigby were among the large number of British criminals sent mad by this terrible drug.
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale both acted like drugged madmen on the day of the killing. For instance, Cheralee Armstrong said in a statement read in court on December 2 that Adebowale ‘looked mad, like he’d escaped from a mental hospital’.
We now know that, for a week before the murder, Adebolajo was living in a house where there was a cannabis farm. Both men were habitual users of cannabis, and had been since their teens. The correlation between the use of this drug and severe, irreversible mental illness is very strong, especially in the young.
Many violent criminals, most of them having nothing to do with politics or Islam, are long-term cannabis users.
The important element in this case is not the religion. It is the dope.
Many young men become militant Muslims but never kill. Many young men never embrace any religion, but take to skunk and become mad and violent. What, then should we be worrying about more? Skunk? Or Militant Islam?
But cannabis has so many friends and secret users in the political, legal, and media establishment that this crucial connection is repeatedly ignored.
Rather than indulge in secret police fantasies about somehow guarding against ‘extremism’, we should treat cannabis as the menace it is, and severely punish all those found in possession of it.“
PH has no evidence that a “large number of British criminals [are] sent mad” by cannabis.
PH’s claim that “The correlation between the use of this drug and severe, irreversible mental illness is very strong, especially in the young.” is false. The correlation is weak. The proportion affected is tiny. The expert consensus is that if anything, cannabis is only a component factor. In most cases, linked even tenuously to cannabis, psychotic symptoms are mild and transient.
PH has no evidence that “Many violent criminals, most of them having nothing to do with politics or Islam, are long-term cannabis users. “
PH publishes a lie: “Many young men never embrace any religion, but take to skunk and become mad and violent.”
PH claims against all the evidence that “…we should treat cannabis as the menace it is, and severely punish all those found in possession of it.” There is no evidence from any jurisdiction that penalties, however harsh, reduce the consumption of drugs.
In short, Peter Hitchens and his odious opinions, dishonestly expressed, are far more of a danger to our society than cannabis.
On the scale of danger, Hitchens’ repressive ideas are just below militant Islamism but well above cannabis or indeed any personal choice. He calls for his groundless and misguided opinions to be enforced on others by locking them up!