Friday, 24 May 2013

we're more than "sickened"; we're gripped by existential rage

I don’t advocate any violence. I don’t want anyone to go out and burn a mosque…It’s not the answer, because there will be innocent Muslims and you are then as bad as these scumbags who are doing it [terrorism].

The words are those of Tommy Robinson, English Defence League founder.

In an obscene desolation of responsibility, following the brutal execution of Drummer Lee Rigby by Jihadists the EDL has come in for unprecedented condemnation by the mainstream media, and given the cauldrons of bile usually reserved for us that’s saying something.

Worse still, an 83-year-old woman who shouted "go back to your own country" outside a mosque has been arrested by Kent Police. I don’t imagine her words would have been easy for worshippers to hear, but two-tier Britain, where people who protest against British policy in Afghanistan are allowed close enough to returning troops to spit on them, is seriously eroding the tolerance of the British people.

David Cameron spoke for the nation when he said the Woolwich execution "sickened us all". But he didn’t join the last dot. We are more than sick: we are gripped by existential rage at the utter failure, at the highest political levels, to tackle the Islamism which blights Muslim communities with the rest of us not far behind.

Some commentators say the death of one white man in London pales before the numbers of black men dying there. They may have a valid point, but they miss the equally valid point that Lee Rigby represented the Forces defending us, and by extension us, in this war by any other name.

Captain Dreyfus didn’t even have to die for his case to turn France upside down and inside out. This is a defining moment. I hope that cooler heads in the Police Force will see that the upcoming EDL demo in Newcastle will dissipate far more pressure than it causes, and that without the safety-valve we provide Lee Rigby’s death might well have ignited England as surely as mark Duggan’s did London.

Gerry Dorrian
300 words (minus quote)

Tommy Robinson video reacting to Woolwich execution: "I don't advocate any violence..." section starts at 28:30. Watch below, or click to watch on YouTube

Woman, 85, arrested after abuse hurled at Muslims outside Gillingham mosque in wake of Woolwich terror murder - Kent online

David Cameron: Woolwich attach "sickened us all" - Telegraph

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