Yesterday the lunch time news in Britain was headlined by the successful conviction of an IRA terrorist who in 1982 killed 11 people and 7 horses in a twin bombing in London’s Green and Hyde Parks. By 6pm, a new act of terrorism had taken over the news.
At about 2.20pm on Wednesday 23rd May the successful act of terrorism on British soil since the attack on Glasgow Airport in 2007 and the first in London since the 7/7 bombings occurred when an apparent off-duty member of the military was murdered in broad day light in one of the busiest streets in London in manner that would seem too outlandish for a Hollywood movie.
The innocent victim, Drummer Lee Rigby of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Fusiliers aged 25, just a few hundred metres from Woolwich barracks was deliberately run over by two men in a car that drove off the road onto the pavement. They then got out of the car and proceeded to stab and hack at the man with long knives and butchers tools and continued to do so long after he was dead in a hysterical fashion shouting loudly “Allahu Akbar” as they did so. There are reports that they beheaded the man, a scene witnessed by a local school child who said to his parent that he could “see his body where was his head?”
After a while the two men dragged the body into the middle of the road and started ordering passers-by to take their photos and film them.
Here is a video of one of the terrorists. Warning, this video contains live footage of an armed and bloodied terrorist as well as a distant shot of a dead body.
As it is a proud tradition of British police not to carry fire-arms, the local police who arrived in minutes waited for the special fire-arms unit to arrive a few minutes later. As soon the police cars arrived, the two men charged at the police leaving no option to shoot the first man carrying the butchers machete and then the second terrorist raised his gun he was shot two by a policewoman praised as being something like Robocop.
The street was closed off my police and the two attackers were sent to separate London hospitals.
As usual, the Prime Minister of the day, David Cameron stated that it was an attack on the British way of life and that as always, there would be no negotiation or changes in policy due to terrorism. Despite this being an ever-present policy for decades and the great willingness to use forces such as SAS to take on terrorists directly, they don’t seem to notice. The idea quite frankly that any country would change its policy on any issue due to terrorism is laughable.
In any western country, especially Britain, there is no cause that can’t be won democratically. The IRA tried for decades to blow up anyone and everyone and nothing happened. The fact they are in essence part of a regional governing assembly was only gained when peace came and they got no further than if they had just taken the democratic route in the first place that was always open to them. Likewise with referendums in Scotland, The Falklands, Gibraltar, we are uniquely quite open to tearing apart our own country apart peacefully if enough people vote for it.
There has been an outcry in the media as expected about the role of militant Islam in Britain and the flood of undesirable immigrants in general. It does seem bizarre that anyone would want to come to a country that welcomes everyone and then decide they hate it so much they want to commit terrorism.
Certainly no-one forces anyone to come and live here and the popular opinion in the country takes the seemingly obvious “if you don’t like it then leave”.
Now though, these two people with apparent Nigerian backgrounds will be treated by the NHS, paid by the taxes of people whose ideals and ethics they hate. Then if they are lucky, they will be sent to jail where it will cost us tens of thousands of pounds a year to keep them in prison and then hope they don’t do anything similar in 1o, 20 or 30 years time.
Even though, execution is now illegal in the European Union, surely these sort of people deserve it and having been witnessed by dozens of people and filmed with blood on their hand admitting the crime there can be no doubting their guilt. In other nations they would have been shot dead or suffered a medical complication in hospital that ends their lives.
Inevitably this event will see the rise of extremism from the other side, nationalists, patriots and white supremacists who are already have been reported to attacked mosques in the counties of Kent and Essex.
An unexpected side affect of this is a possible boost to the UK Independence Party who are riding high in the polls for Great Britain to leave the EU and once again 100% controls of immigration and allow the possibility of capital punishment once again.
Amongst all the other things it should be remembered that this attack has been condemned by the Muslim Council of Britain. Also that Britain has already stated it is withdrawing from Afghanistan and going by the accent of the terrorist, he has about as much to do with Iraq or Afghanistan as I do and probably knows 1% as much on a good day.
Nowhere does it state that Muslims should kill innocent people and anyone who studies Islam knows it is a religion of peace. Generally speaking, more Muslims are killed by other Muslims and yet no-one seems to want to kill or maim innocent people in predominantly Islamic countries. Surely it is incumbent on any one who comes to live in Britain whatever their religion or colour to abide by the most basic of rules or not come at all just as I would never dream of going to Saudi Arabia, wearing shorts, playing loud rock music and shouting inflammatory remarks. Of course, these terrorist and people like them come to Britain and other similar countries precisely because they can do and say what they like when they wouldn’t be able to in their own countries.
In the midst of all this it should be remembered that a small bit of good came out of this. The people of Woolwich showed their community spirit. A number of women went to be with the murdered man as the gun toting, knife wielding terrorists waited just feet away for a showdown with the police.
One woman in particular has come to prominence. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, of Helston in Cornwall happened to be on a London bus and when she saw a body in the street, jumped out of the bus and upon seeing another woman already with the murdered man went to confront the murderers.
She said is widely reported in todays newspapers and news broadcasts: “I went to the guy and when I approached the body there was a lady cradling him. And then (one of the killers), the most excited one of the two, said, ‘Don’t go too close to the body’.
“I thought, okay. And because I was down I could see a butcher’s knife and an axe – that’s what he had – and blood. I thought, what the heck? I thought obviously he was a bit excited and the thing was just to talk to him.”
Ms Loyau-Kennett said she tried to reason with the killer in an effort to focus his attention away from other potential victims, as large crowds began to huddle at the scene.
She said: “I know it’s big today but for me it was just a regular guy, just a bit upset. He was not on drugs, he was not drunk.
“He said, ‘Don’t touch, I killed him’. I said, ‘Why?’ He said: ‘He’s a British soldier. He killed people. He killed Muslim people in Muslim countries.’
“And I said: okay. So what would you like? I tried to make him talk about how he felt. He said all the bombs dropping and blindly killing women, children…
“More and more people were starting to come. There were so many people around. I just looked around and I found it so daunting.”
However, Ms Loyau-Kennett said her thoughts were to “just carry on” talking to the man, while several woman arriving at the scene tried to shield the victim.
She said: “I wanted him to concentrate on me and make sure he doesn’t have a funny idea.
“He (the killer) told me he was a British soldier – he didn’t look like a British soldier to me, he wasn’t in uniform. But I thought if another one passes by, or is in the area…”
Asked if she was scared, the woman replied: “No – better me than a child.
“Unfortunately there were more and more mothers with children stopping around, so it was even more important I was talking to him and ask him what he wanted.”
It is thought that the unfortunate murdered man was identified by his wearing a “Help For Heroes” t-shirt, a charity devoted to helping the families of military personnel killed or injured in action. Perhaps what sums up the huge challenge any terrorist faces is that this morning the Help For Heroes website had crashed as it was overwhelmed by people trying to make donations.
The feeling in Britain is that the quiet majority of British people have had enough of their own lifestyle and customs not being respected, partly by foreign extremists and partly by successive governments who have failed to act effectively in numerous arenas. Every nation can only take so much and after being a refuge for refugees and people wanting to start a new life for thousands of years but all of these people have wanted to fit in and add to the society while now there are too many spongers and criminals whose natural instincts aren’t compatible with the lifestyle we all enjoy and want us to adapt to them and not vice-versa.
Perhaps instead of making things worse and looking for divisions though, we should instead be grateful that there are so many people who are happy to risk their lives for others and stand up to bullies and murderers. There were many yesterday but non braver than French born Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, exactly the sort of person who is always welcome here.
Our thoughts also go to the family Drummer Lee Rigby aged just 25 who like many others has given his life for the freedom and safety of others and also to the police and security forces who have foiled 12 serious terrorist attacks in the last few years.
(Photos and some text taken from The Daily Telegraph and Independent).