At 3:40 into her press announcement on the London terror attack PM Theresa May called it what it is – Islamic Terrorism. Too often leaders in the West tip-toe around the words, hiding behind the spinelessness of political correctness. Even listening to Sky News this morning the commentators were trying to soften the images when there are dozens of ambulances, police vans and policemen changing into full tactical response kit. How stupid do the media and politicians take people for?
For once, Theresa May spoke with authority. She came straight to the point. “Enough is enough!” She talked of an evil ideology and how we need to have the embarrassing conversations regardless. She didn’t hide behind politically correct statements.
Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson made an empassioned video about the state of what is going on in the U.K. It is full of expletives. He advocates laws of internment – like that conducted when the IRA was running amock – be introduced to get 3,500 monitored jihadis off the streets. He mentioned 19,355 people were detained (fact checked – 32% of Asian descent, Whites 31%) last year suspected of starting, plotting or being involved in suspicious activity surrounding terrorism. That’s over 50/day. You can fact check in the following document.
Looking at the March 2017 report by the U.K. Government ‘Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: Arrests, outcomes, and stop and search, Great Britain, quarterly update to December 2016′ it notes
1) Arrests for terrorism-related offences fell by 8% in the year ending 31 December 2016 compared with the previous year (from 282 to 260 arrests). Although the number of arrests has fallen, it is still relatively high when compared with other recent years.
2) There has been an increase in the proportion of people arrested of ‘White’ ethnicity, from 25% in the year ending December 2015 to 35% in the latest year. [note that 50% are Asian]
3) The number of persons in custody for terrorism-related offences has been rising; as at 31 December 2016, there were 183 persons in custody in Great Britain for terrorism-related offences an increase on the 143 persons in custody as at 31 December 2015.
Robinson made one point that I mentioned earlier this morning. If politicians keep turning a blind eye and chanting “love will always win over hate” vigilante groups will spawn. People hit a threshold. Remember when the Guardian Angels sprung up in NY in the 1980s when crime on trains was getting out of control and authorities weren’t containing it. Apart from the natural embarrassment of law enforcement being shown up for restrictive response capabilities they’ll be forced to adapt.
We can’t believe in this hug one hug all hashtag, social media avatar nonsense because it clearly has no effect. The West’s current policies are a reflection of the idea that taking the moral high ground is the way to stop it. However there is no point in trying to lie down and give up cultural and legal freedoms for those who have no interest in respecting it much less appreciate it let alone reciprocate such good will. Those conducting terror attacks may not represent the majority but how many people need to be stabbed, run over, bombed to realize these radicals want a caliphate?
The people who should most abhor these villains are everyday Muslims who must resent the extra scrutiny placed upon them. Having said that, how much cooperation and assistance is being provided to weed the radicals out. Are they too afraid to speak out against the crazed jihadis within their ranks? A lot of information gathering for intelligence agencies must come from these communities already but more is needed. There are many factors at grass roots level where we can pontificate all we like but the reality is repeated incidents like Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge prove the current state of play is untenable. Action not words. Zero tolerance is not an extreme response. Sitting back and lighting up monuments doesn’t change a thing.