The recent horrific murder of a soldier in Woolwich, South London was blamed by one of the perpetrators on the wicked Imperialists, but is this really the case?
U.S. Paratroopers boarding a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter at Forward Operating Base Loyalty in eastern Baghdad.
Leaving aside the ravings of the lunatic fringe, we know who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. The much smaller but still devastating 7/7 attacks on London 4 years later were carried out by the same type of people. We know who these men are, but do we know why they did what they did? We appear to know the answer to that second question, because they told us, or did they? For example, the leader of the 7/7 cell Mohammed Siddique Khan made a martyrdom video in which he rationalised his motives for mass murder. That word is important, Khan did not explain his motives, he gave them a spurious justification. Are we really expected to believe the 9/11 terrorists carried out their acts of mass murder because of their concern for the suffering of the Palestinian people, or that the recent Boston bombings were motivated by genuine grievances over American Imperialism?
One of the men involved in the recent horror at Woolwich used the same spurious arguments. Now let’s look at the reality of the oppression and murder of Moslems. Here is a list of terrorist incidents for the first six months of last year.
This list may not be inclusive, but let us take just one incident, June 18, a suicide bomber kills 22 people and injures 50 at a Shi’ite gathering of mourners north of the capital Baghdad.
Who carried out this act: the CIA, the Mossad, David Cameron? Who is killing Moslems in Syria now, is it the wicked Imperialist West, or other Moslems?
The greatest tragedy of the recent murder of drummer Lee Rigby is that the vast majority of the people of this country, including probably the majority of the military, agree in broad terms with the professed aim of his murderers. Does even any Islamist believe Western service personnel wouldn’t rather be at home, perhaps guarding the Queen outside Buckingham Palace or engaged in some mundane task such as training or emergency drill? Haven’t we seen massive demonstrations in Britain and elsewhere by anti-war protesters against drone attacks and such? Even our governments are agreed we must withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq, both Cameron and Obama have stated this openly and are in the process of withdrawing, the only thing to be agreed upon is the timetable.
The big question though is what will happen when every Western soldier leaves every Islamic country? Or maybe it’s not such a big question, because if Islamists are murdering their fellow Moslems in their occupied lands, what will they do when the British and the damned Yankees leave? At the moment there is a semblance of the rule of law, but take away the boots on the ground, and who will there be to curb the suicide bombers and those who are prepared to murder even their own kind in pursuit of their perverted ideals?
[The above op-ed was first published May 24, 2013. The related image is a stock photograph.]
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