“The people who did this are nothing to do with the real Islam.”
I knew we’d been hearing that line sooner or later. Are we reassured yet?
I’ll bet the British public are relieved to know that it wasn’t the real Islam that did the killing. Those guys screaming their devotion to Allah and swinging their meat cleavers while they butchered a soldier in the street — they must have been the fake Islam. The real Islam was off somewhere else, maybe feeding hungry children in the Congo. Or building health clinics for the poor in Haiti. Yeah, that must be it.
It won’t be long before the Muslim talking heads on TV start worrying about a “backlash”. And they’re right to worry: Led by Tommy Robinson, angry EDL supporters converged on Woolwich tonight at the site where the soldier was butchered earlier today. They were confronted by police and kettled in place.
The current mood among “persons of English background” may be too angry to kettle, however. This is what one of the mujahideen told the British public on videotape this afternoon:
“We swear by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you… You people will never be safe. Remove your government.”
How’s that for “community cohesion”, eh? It seems to me that David Cameron and Boris Johnson need to redouble their outreach to the Muslim community. Maybe they could fund a few new mosques and knight some more Muslims to get them in the House of Lords…
Here’s the report from The Daily Mail on the latest from Woolwich:
Masked English Defence League supporters flood Woolwich: Far-Right clash with police near scene of killing
More than 100 supporters of the English Defence League tonight gathered near the scene of where a soldier was hacked to death by Islamic fanatics and threw bottles at police.
Officers formed a cordon and the men left the immediate area after the brief incident. Some of the EDL supporters gathered at The Queen’s Arms pub locally, where they sang nationalistic songs.
One local Muslim said that a brick had been thrown through a mosque during the march.
Giving his name only as Abdul, he said: ‘I’m not happy about it. It’s a place of worship – a place of God. They have got Islam all wrong. The people who did this are nothing to do with the real Islam.’
Elsewhere, two men were arrested after separate attacks on mosques following today’s killing.
A 43-year-old man was in custody on suspicion of attempted arson after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife in Braintree, Essex.
Meanwhile police in Kent were called to reports of criminal damage at a mosque in Gillingham at 8.40pm. A man was taken in custody on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage.
The EDL men had first gathered at Woolwich Arsenal station in Woolwich, south-east London. Riot police with shields stood guard outside for a short time, before moving back into their vans.
The EDL group waved a flag of St George and chanted ‘no surrender to the Muslim scum’. Around 20 of the men wore black balaclavas with an EDL logo on the front.
Leader Tommy Robinson addressed the crowd, saying: ‘We have got weak leadership. They have allowed this to happen. People are scared to say the word Muslim. They are scared to offend them.
‘You know what? We are offended. People in this country are angry. They have had enough.’
The crowd, chanting ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘EDL’, as well as ‘England’, marched to the cordon where the killing took place. Others chanted ‘No surrender to Al Qaeda’.
A statement by the EDL said: ‘The terrible events in Woolwich today were a reminder of something very few are willing to accept. We are at war.’
Hat tip: Kitman.