“Confirmed we have been subject to a terror attack by Islam, we are currently under attack.” This is the announcement from the English Defence League’s Twitter account shortly after the murder of a soldier in Woolwich today. It seems that after an eight year hiatus, we are once again under siege from the terror of radical Islam. From every corner of the capital, the extremists are pouring from their mosques and descending upon us.
In the words of the initial perpetrator, “you will never be safe.”
For the love of God, stay indoors; the streets are lava, do not set foot upon them.
If you feel that such a response is disproportionate, you clearly haven’t been flicking through your Twitter feed and watching BBC News 24 for the past few hours. This wasn’t an attack on one young soldier, it was an attack on all of us.
In other news, violent crime rates in London continue to fall. From 172 murders in 2006, your chances of being stabbed, shot or strangled have fallen steadily to a point where there were only 98 deaths inflicted in 2012. That is a lot of personal tragedy, but out of a population of 8.2 million, the city’s population is pretty safe, compared to those who live in Amsterdam—where you are four times more likely to be killed at the hands of another.
From 2006 to 2012, there have been 864 murders in London. From these there will be countless different motives—money, drugs, hate-crime, gang initiations, crimes of passion, mental illness—people do awful things for all kinds of reasons. Aside from the odd schizophrenic though, nobody stated their motive as “the total dismantlement of Western Ideology in the name of God.” Well, finally, things have changed. At last we can take to the streets, boycott kebab shops and demand heart-felt apologies from those duplicitous ‘moderate’ Imams. At last we have a death worthy of blanket coverage over all media.
Now I don’t want to come across as some leftie stick-in-the-mud, blinded by political correctness and acting as a contrarian apologist in the face of a genuine atrocity. But I feel the mainstream media is guilty of an extreme double standard in its reporting on this particular murder. Occasionally we will be reminded that this man ‘doesn’t speak for all Muslims’. What we’re not told, is that this man doesn’t speak for even a fraction of Muslims. For well over a century there has been a Muslim population in the capital, a population that stands currently at around one million people and that this year, roughly 1% of the murders in London will be carried out by a radicalised fool following an interpretation of Islam. This thin slice of a statistic will be granted more press coverage than all the other deaths put together. Why are we so sensitive to an attack by this particular lunatic?
When David Black was murdered by the Continuity IRA in Northern Ireland last November, it was never deemed necessary to wheel out a few prominent Irish Catholics to point out the obvious fact that many Catholics disagree with drive-by shootings. We never called upon SCOPE to distance itself from unprovoked assaults with a blade following Nicola Edgington’s murder of Sally Hodkin. In these cases, it’s a given that the community is not tarnished by the actions of the few. The Prime Minister doesn’t cut short his trips abroad and the Home Secretary doesn’t give bleary-eyed speeches declaring that she’s increasing security in Doncaster’s ASDA vegetable aisle. But for whatever reason, we treat our Islamic communities differently.
If the politicians and editors had any sense, they’d treat this murder as they’d treat any other and not grant one individual such disproportionate attention. We’d all be sensible enough to realise that there are people in every community who have the potential to cause us harm, and philosophical enough to realise that sometimes there’s just nothing we can do to stop awful things happening in a highly populated country. The investigation could be left to the police, and the family of the victim could address their loss as the personal tragedy that it is, and not as a national state of distress.
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