On 22nd May, 2017, a 22-year-old islamist named Salman Ramadan Abedi wandered into the Manchester Arena during a concert, detonated a suicide bomb, killing 22 and injuring approximately 120 others.
This was the deadliest terror attack on U.K. soil since the 7/7 attack in London in 2005
We are often told that in the wake of a large scale atrocity of this kind, we should defy the terrorists by simply carrying on as normal. A bit like ignoring the threat then? Perhaps just turn off our survival instincts and hope for the best?
The fact is that the two deadliest attacks upon the U.K. in recent memory were at the hands of Islamic literalists. Although this is not to say all followers of Islam adopt this literalist interpretation, any more than anyone who regularly attends a Roman Catholic mass advocates “the bomb and the bullet over the ballot box”.
One could be forgiven for thinking that this literalism is a modern phenomenon. It is not. And there is a commonality that is scarily front and centre. A brief look at a timeline of Islamist attacks and atrocities,( limited for the purpose of this article to the UK and the nearby French capital), supports this.
Last year the head of MI5 stated of five terrorist attacks that ‘got through’ four were of Islamist origin. (80%)! The other attack was Darren Osborne at Finsbury Park Mosque, who was not part of any terrorist network. The threat is considered the most intense in the 34-year career of MI5 chief Andrew Parker here
In February this year, the UK was warned of an increased likelihood of an attack from literalist Islamists here
It’s often said, by some, that the biggest victims of Islamic terrorism are Muslims. That is missing the point and is irrelevant.
What is relevant is that Islamic terrorism is currently the deadliest form of terrorism on the global stage. And the atrocities seem to get worse. It is something all but a few in public life are prepared to countenance. UKIP were the torchbearers for grasping this nettle but seem to have gone a bit cold since Gerard Batten, who was very vocal on this, was prevented from standing in their current leadership contest debacle.
Unless the UK and the western world as a whole are to end up like Lebanon is now, this is a problem that cannot be ignored any longer. I found this from an indigenous Lebanese in this blog.
“Later, Muslims from North Africa and Turkey joined the first wave. Since Arabs & their offspring Islam arrived to Lebanon and this country has not had a single day of rest. “