David Cameron has issued a defiant message after the murder of a British soldier in London…
“What happened in Woolwich yesterday has sickened us all,” the prime minister said on Thursday. “The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know something like this will only bring us together, make us stronger.”
Speaking outside Downing Street after a meeting of the government’s Cobra crisis committee, Cameron described the attack as a betrayal of Islam, adding that it was “solely and purely” the responsibility of the individuals involved.
“This view is shared by every community in our country,” he said. “This was not just an attack on Britain and on the British way of life; it was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country.
“There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act.”
This is either a deliberately misleading speech the Prime Minister of England gave the other day, or the most ignorant one he could cobble together.
First, as a good friend succinctly said when he first heard this statement – No! They are not trying to “divide” you, they are trying to KILL you!
Second, the idea that “nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act” is completely a false statement. One of the murderers, with a meat cleaver still in his hand, quotes from the Quran itself for the reasons he cut this young soldier down.
“The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers. And this British soldier is one. It is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. By Allah, we swear by the almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone….
“By Allah if I saw your mother today with a buggy I would help her up the stairs. This is my nature. But we are forced by the Koran, in Sura At-Tawba, through many ayah in the Qur’an, we must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
He is at war with the West for being at war with terrorists.
The problem is truly Islam. The more religious a Muslim is, the more dangerous he seems to become. Let’s look at recent history.
The man with the meat cleaver, Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Lee Rigby, was a Muslim convert.
The Boston Marathon bombers were religious Muslims. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, became more devout over time and returned to Russia to gain training to help him with his jihad. Dzhokhar, his brother, believes that an attack on one Muslim is an attack on all and called his brother a “martyr”.
Three days after the attack on the British soldier, another Muslim convert attacked a French soldier with a knife after praying in Muslim style. The French believe it was “religious ideology” that drove him. I’m shocked.
This is nothing new. We’ve seen this time and again. However, we’ve never seen secular Muslims attacking anyone in the name of Allah. We’ve never seen secular Muslims calling for jihad against the infidels. We do hear the battle cry of “Allah Akbar” when an attack by a religious Muslim is about to occur – not something less innocuous like ‘I hate you’.
We’ve moved on from organized jihad – to a “do it yourself” kind. Does it make it any less dangerous? Absolutely not. In many ways it becomes more dangerous, more difficult to monitor. Any religious Muslim can feel that it’s a good day to kill an infidel, and there’s not much to be done about it.
The Quran is made up of different chapters. The earlier chapters seem to be peaceful, the later ones more war-like. What needs to be understood is that the later chapters supersede the earlier ones. The earlier peaceful ones no longer apply. This is a religion at war with others.
For any leader – Cameron included – to ignore the danger of religious Islam is either to mislead the public, or is sticking his head in the sand and hoping for the dangers to go away.
I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that he is looking for some sand.