THE LONDON ATTACK was by terrorists; likewise the Manchester attack; the Paris attacks -– plural — were by extremists. Ditto Spain and Germany.
But tv talking heads, being “Politically Correct” — or simply following ex.-president Obama’s lead — won’t pronounce “Islamist” (or “Muslim” terrorist or extremist in the same breath.
That’s as stupid as giving a description of a person wanted for murder as “n” feet tall and weighing so many pounds but omitting the suspect’s skin color.
BUT, we must be politically correct.
TO BE FAIR, in some cases the authorities had been alerted by Muslims about other Muslims who seemed extreme.
- As an example, Anti-extremism organization the Quilliam Foundation have said they reported London Bridge attacker Khuram Butt to counter-terrorism authorities almost a year before the deadly attack.
Quilliam chief executive Haras Rafiq said its report should have been taken more seriously as it came from a counter-terrorism group rather than a member of the public.
The Muslim community in Barking had highlighted concerns about London Bridge attacker Khuram Shazad Butt, who is thought to have once attended the Jabir Bin Zayd Islamic Centre in Barking, according to a community leader.
Ash Siddique, the secretary of the Al-Madina Mosque in Barking which is close to centre, said concerns were raised about Butt on three occasions, the Press Association reported. (Source: The Guardian)
Unfortunately, the Quilliam report is the exception to the rule.
Most of the terrorists/extremists are known to their fellows for what they are. They might not wear shirts proclaiming “I Am A Terrorist,” but their behavior and choice of associates HAS to offer a clue to their intent.
The problem is, in most cases, the people who may suspect someone refuse — for a multitude of reasons — to come forward. Even when they are better off in all respects than they were in the lands from which they emigrated, they still are suspicious of, and uncomfortable with, the more or less democratic governments of the countries that gave them sanctuary. There is a similar problem with blacks in America; many don’t trust “The Man.” At other times, the fear for their own safety in their community is sufficient to silence people.
- In the U.S. — tragically proven by 9-11 (2001) — the so-called federal cops (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. and et al) refuse to cooperate among themselves; turf wars are as much responsible for the deaths on 9-11 as the Muslim terrorists who high jacked the four planes. Despite presidential proclamations that the organizations are now cooperating, in real life, the turf battles continue.
The UK, France, and Germany have taken in tens of thousands of Muslims who, for one reason or another, left their homelands. Some fled from civil wars; some fled from Obama’s Arab Spring. As with most immigrants, the newcomers tend to congregate in neighborhoods where the language and customs are similar to the once they left behind. Unlike earlier immigrants, they are loath to integrate into the nation’s society, setting up their own (Sharia) laws and demanding anyone entering their domain adhere to their laws. (Rather like going to Mea Sharim in Israel where attacks on outsiders can range from words to rocks.)
Of the 11 terrorist attacks in the UK since 2005, eight were at the hands of Muslim extremists/terrorists. The following from Wikipedia except as otherwise indicated. Prior to 2005, most terrorist attacks were carried out by the IRA.
Muslims were targeted on 2013, 29 April to 12 July by Pavlo Lapshyn attacks. Lapshyn, a Ukrainian student and right-wing extremist, stabbed Mohammed Saleem, a Birmingham resident to death on 29 April. He later admitted to police that he wished to start a "race war". Lapshyn later detonated a home-made bomb outside a mosque in Walsall on 21 June. 150 homes were evacuated but no person was injured. On 28 June Lapshyn detonated a second home-made bomb near a mosque in Wolverhampton, and attacked a mosque in Tipton with an improvised explosive device containing nails on 12 July. Friday prayers were delayed that day, and so his intended victims were still inside. Laphsyn was later sentenced to serve a minimum of 40 years.
Of 30 terrorists attacks in France since 2003, 19 have been directly attributed to Islamist extremists. The list is from Wikipedia.
Until 2000, most of Germany’s terror attacks came from the Red Army or other non-Muslim groups. However, the Islamists made themselves known twice in Munich (1970, 1972); in Berlin (1982, 1986). Muslim terrorist activity picked up starting from September 2015. (Source: Wikipedia)
PLAGIARISM is the act of appropriating the literary composition of another, or parts or passages of his writings, or the ideas or language of the same, and passing them off as the product of one’s own mind.