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The Manchester Bombing, 2017. A response.
Well someone's got to say it.
I'm writing this because I'm angry. And because all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. And because someone has to say what everyone - except, it seems, the people who are best placed to effect the necessary change - is thinking. Being old, and having little to lose - and let's be honest, being ready to tear someone a new one - I'm about to stick my face into the whirling fan blades of public opinion.
Why am I angry? Because I read about the bomb attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester online over breakfast. Children among the 22 dead, and 60 injured. I felt furious, at first. Then I went on Twitter to follow the story and became utterly baffled. People who had expressed their shock and horror online were being reported for hate speech. Apparently, otherwise rational people - who potentially could have been among the dead - seemed to think that any lapse in political correctness outweighed mass murder.
And that is the heart of the problem that faces Britain as a nation now. A significant number of people have gone stark mad. How do I know they are mad? Because they refuse to admit that our country is at war. And because they put the enemy's hurt feelings above the lives of their victims.
Barbarians at the gate.
For the past fifty years in the UK we have imported and nurtured the enemy who confronts us now. And anyone who points this out is immediately targeted by liberal anger. Years ago, I was at a dinner party when conversation turned to some radical Imams who were making the news by gathering in public to pray, make a nuisance of themselves, and call for violent action against the West.
I offered what I thought was a reasonable opinion: that the barbarians were no longer at the gate, but in the front room, chewing on the carpet. And I got shouted down and called a racist. My friend the host told me the local Muslims weren't like that. They had assimilated, bought into the British way of life, practised the same lazy tolerance the rest of us did. That was in Hackney. Where, a few years later, groups of local Muslim youth took to patrolling the streets at night to enforce Sharia law.
Ariana Grande Bombing Footage. Manchester, England.
It's not stopping.
And then the 2001 World Trade centre attack happened. And the 2005 London bombings. And the Madrid train bombings. Glasgow airport. The Lee Rigby murder. The Charlie Hebdo shootings. The Bataclan theatre massacre. And after many more incidents, too numerous to relate, too distressing to contemplate, the murder of 22 young people in Manchester.
It's not stopping. And it's not going to stop. Whether we care to admit it or not, we're at war, and slowly but surely it's coming home. The jihadists who went to Syria have come back battle trained, perhaps armed. Soon we will see more murder on British streets.
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I don't want to live under Sharia law.
I don't want to live under Sharia law. I don't want to live in a country where women who 'dishonour' their families are murdered. I don't want to live in a country where free thought and free speech are not just outlawed but punishable by death. I don't want to live in a country where women spend their lives covered from head to foot, under the command of every male member of their family; where natural sexual impulses are hedged about with taboos born in a Bronze age tribe. Where tolerance for other faiths is replaced by the command, 'Convert or die.'
Want to call me a racist? I don't care what colour you are. I judge people by their actions, not their skin.
Want to call me an Islamophobe? Yes I am. Ever since the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Want to accuse me of stirring the pot and making things worse? Well, I'm not the one killing unarmed children. I'm just stating a position.
Which is something I hope I still have a right to do. (We'll find out when some idiot reports this article and I get a 3am wake up call from the police, mob handed.) It's not hate speech to gently point out that multi-culturalism has failed, that our way of life is threatened, that our country is in danger. It's a valid point of view backed by recent events.
Thanks, but no thanks.
Tolerance has limits.
The time is long past when anyone could really think this mismatch of cultures can be mended by courtesy and tolerance. Islam does not tolerate. It seeks only to rule. And it sees our tolerance as a fatal weakness. Whether you want it or not, our country is headed for civil war.
What are our leaders doing about this? Well, the Labour party ties itself in knots trying not to offend its Muslim voter base. They are hopelessly complicit in the Rotherham scandal, where a Labour council and its police force acted against the victims of Muslim grooming gangs in the name of political correctness, leading anyone who was paying attention to wonder just whose side they were on.
Meanwhile, the Conservative government extends the surveillance state, hoping to keep ahead of the next planned attack in the UK. The security forces do sterling work tracking suspects and preventing new attacks. But they can't juggle so many balls at once without dropping one from time to time. And when they do, people die.
Neither side seems ready or willing to address the core issues: unchecked immigration and Islam. They listen to advisors and media who promote a narrative crafted by unelected organizations like Paideia who are determined to bring about a multicultural Europe (whether we want it or not) while dismissing the fears of the people they are supposed to represent.
The rest of Europe is gradually finding the political will to say enough, no more. Poland and Hungary have closed their borders. Popular opinion is growing against the governments of Germany and Sweden and their open doors policies. Tolerance has limits. And when our children are being murdered on our streets, we are well past them.
How's that refugee thing working out?
Angry? Or furious?
I am still angry, and that's not going to change, no matter how many Muslim groups offer their condolences, no matter how many candle lit vigils are held, no matter how many academics are wheeled out to bluntly inform us that we'd better get used to it, as if bloody murder on our streets were on a par with unexpected bad weather.
I'm furious with the police who seem to think hurt feelings and hate speech matter more than mindless slaughter. I'm furious with the MPs who utterly discount the genuine concerns of their voters, and call them racists for wanting an end to unchecked immigration. I'm furious that this has been allowed to happen, that of the three million Muslims who live among us many fail to integrate, and mass murderers constantly rise up from among them.
I am furious with Merkel and Macron, and those MEPs who let the enemy wander in and turn European cities into ghettoes, with zones where no woman is safe. That anger, shared with many others, was enough to swing the Brexit vote, something for which I'll always be grateful.
And if I am furious with them, I am positively enraged at those imbeciles who take to Facebook after every murder, post a picture of the afflicted nation's flag, put a hashtag on Twitter and sit back convinced they've done something meaningful. To those people I say this: instead of virtue signalling, maybe you should write to your MP to express your horror and disgust. And to remind them that a general election is coming. Maybe you should write to the press to ask just what's being done long term to make sure this never happens again. Maybe you should get angry instead of lighting a fucking candle.
No you're not.
But if I am enraged with those people... let's just say they are not the worst. That would be anyone who is still promoting multiculturalism. I consider them traitors. I believe they put the lives of their countrymen at risk. While teachers in some Islamic schools preach hate and murder to their growing generation, English educationalists write textbooks about terror that preach understanding and tolerance to ours. While we disarm ourselves, and much worse than that, teach our children to accept defeat, the enemy prepare for a coming war. And when it comes, all the hashtags, flag pictures, flowers and candles and good intentions won't help us at all.
Islam is the enemy. Not a few radicals, not misguided individuals who follow a perverted faith. Islam hates the West. It always has, and always will.
Whether any politician has the courage to even think this, let alone tackle the tasks that follow on from admitting it, remains to be seen. But the consequences of failure will be terrible. Because civilization is at stake. And the lives of our children.
The hardest part of all will be to force the media and the political class to see plainly what is in front of their faces: Islam is the enemy. And we have let it in and nurtured it.
EDL march in response to Rotherham grooming gangs.
What is the solution? How do we stop mass murder on our streets? The first step is to recognize that these escalating and regular events are part of a long term plan to demoralize us. British politicians of the Left, who think ending the wars in the Middle East will prevent the terror attacks, are mistaken. Islam is a religion of war, and a political ideology that achieves its aim - conquest - by means of terror.
When the government seeks to engage the Islamic community, they make the fundamental error of assuming that they too want peace. They don't. They want Islam.
If the government really wants to put an end to this, they have other options. Mosque closures. Deportation or arrest of known terrorists, and anyone who fought for Isis in Syria. It is criminal folly to allow the dissemination of anti-Western propaganda that seems to emanate from every mosque, and to waste enormous manpower and intelligence resources tracking known terrorist suspects when there are simple and workable solutions to hand. A declaration of emergency powers would be a start. There are options that have real, immediate, meaningful consequences that will put our enemy on the back foot. Above all, they will send a clear and unmistakable message: Enough.
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The next one is coming.
I have a glimmer of hope that something will change. This latest attack might have been enough to alter the mood of the country, from weary tolerance to anger. It feels different now... or at least it will until we all forget this mass murder and brace ourselves for the next one.
Because one thing is certain: the next one is coming.
One country that has no problem at all with Islam is Japan. Because Islam has never been allowed to take root there. As Europe's member states are discovering now, a country with wide open borders is no longer a country. It's a Petri dish, in which anything might grow.