I'm going to get serious for a moment here. A few days ago there was a very, very sick and heinous, and downright brutal, attack here in England. A British soldier was attacked, killed, and possibly even beheaded by Islamic extremists not far outside a barracks. It took the police twenty minutes to get there, and it was already too late. The event was witnessed by a lot of people, and even some children in a nearby school. While they had all the attention the extremists took the chance to spread hatred and threats to us all, and that is the main thing I'm here to talk about.
America, you're kinda cool, but you take your "security" measures way too far. I am genuinely afraid we are about to take ours too far too. It's not how we do things. The way British people react to things like this is to just keep going. That's what we do. After the 7/7 bombings that took out over fifty people when several buses and tube trains (subways) were taken out by explosives, people were back on public transport the next day. They had jobs to go to and didn't give a damn.
We're cool like that. America...not so much. Now you have people in American airports groping kids in case they happen to be terrorists or have things on them that can be used to make a bomb. You have full body scanners operated by people who probably have a hand in their pants. I love you guys but you can NOT trade freedoms for security and "freedom". I've seen Americans decry it and protest it, so I know not all of you are like that. Good on you guys.
I do NOT want to see England turn into a surveillance state of fear. I don't want America to stay that way. If you have people in airports groping kids then I'm pretty sure the terrorists have won. Show no fear.
Also please, I beg of you, to not judge all Muslims based on the actions of a few extremists. There are is a racist group in England called the English Defence League, and they've been attacking Mosques and Muslims. It's generally accepted these people are racists and do not speak for all of England. Why do you not get that the same is true for ALL extremists? They don't speak for all of their minority. There are Christian extremists too.
Never let the vocal minority speak for the quiet, and quite normal, majority.