On Monday evening, yet another Islamic attack struck the United Kingdom.
The attack targeted those (mostly children) attending a pop concert at Manchester Arena, and saw the detonation of a homemade nail bomb shortly after the end of the show at 10:30pm.
The result was the death of 22 people and the serious injury of 64 more.
Music fans flee the arena moments after the bomb went off.
Police believe that the suicide bomber (killed in the blast), Salman Abedi was acting as a cog in a larger jihadist network.
Abedi was a second generation Libyan immigrant to the UK – his parents arrived in the UK before his birth in Manchester in 1994.
Abedi was also the subject of calls to an anti-terrorism hotline a number of years ago according to a BBC source, but it seems that little was done at the time.
Those who had reported him were reportedly worried about his extreme views and support for Islamic terrorism – something not uncommon in the densely Libyan area of Manchester which has come to be known as a hot bed of Muslim extremism.
Salman Abedi killed himself and 22 innocents in a suicide bombing on Monday night – he injured dozens more.
Since the attack, the UK threat level has been raised by Prime Minister Theresa May to it’s highest level, and 1,000 British troops deployed to the cities around the country most likely to be attacked next.
Police are taking no chances in the wake of this latest atrocity, as I personally witnessed this afternoon (Wednesday 24 May) when an area of Bath was evacuated while a unattended bag was investigated.
Late Monday night a 23-year-old man was arrested and is believed to be the older brother of the attacker.
On Wednesday morning a further three men were arrested in connection with the attacker, and a further arrest was made later in the day following a series of raids in the Greater Manchester area.
The father, and subsequently younger brother of bomber Salman Abedi have also both been arrested and detained by security forces in Libya.
References were made to the attack hours before it occurred by supporters of IS.
In the past two days, reports have surfaced that the attack was not without warning – pro-Islamic State Twitter accounts referred to the attack at least four hours before it occurred.
Furthermore, a mere 25 minutes after the bomb was detonated discussion began in IS supporting corners of the internet.
The 14 identified who died in the blast on Monday night.
At the time of writing, 14 of the 22 who died in the attack have been named (find them here).
Among them, five parents collecting their children from the concert and an off-duty policewoman.
One fatality, Kelly Brewster from Sheffield died saving her nieces life by shielding her from the blast.
Kelly’s partner issued a statement in which he described her as “heroic” and lamented the loss:
“Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are.”
The youngest to die in the Manchester attack was 8-year-old Saffie Roussos.
Former teacher, Chris Upton described Saffie as “simply a beautiful little girl in every sense of the word,” and added that “she was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.”
8-year-old Saffie was the youngest to die in the attack.
In the aftermath of the attack, a number of statements were given by politicians both in the UK and internationally.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham expressed his “shock, anger and hurt” at the event, and thanked the people of Manchester for their altruism.
Of course, Burnham failed entirely to address the underlying cause of the attack.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham gave a statement following the attack.
London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan also issued a statement, and repeated his mantra that “we will not be cowed by terrorism”.
Khan received a well-deserved backlash for his comments following the Westminster attack in March, when he claimed that terrorism was “part and parcel” of city life.
Statement given by London Mayor Sadiq Khan – a man who once described fellow Muslims as “uncle Toms).
Along with UK party leaders, European politicians joined in the chorus of feigned shock.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk, tweeted: “My heart is in Manchester this night. Our thoughts are with the victims”, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed “grief and horror” at the attack, which she described as “incomprehensible”.
It is quite incredible that these politicians should be so shocked at the barbarism which is now so commonplace in Europe as a result of their policies.
Jeremy Corbyn condemned the “horrendous” attack.
Even Jeremy Corbyn came out in condemnation of the attack, despite his repeated refusal to condemn that other infamous terrorist organisation who previously made use of nail bombs against the British public – the IRA.
The reaction of the left-wing, propagandist media and assorted campaigners to the Manchester atrocity was predictable – yet in some respects plumbed new depths of degeneracy.
Of course, whenever an Islamic attack takes place the first reaction of many is to attempt to silence all dialogue with screeches of “Islamophobe!”
One Twitter pundit claimed that Muslims would be dealing with “extra hate” because of the attack – an attack in which yet another member of their community took it upon himself to murder innocent people.
A further commentator accused his contemporaries of making “baseless allegations” by linking the attack to Islam and “using” the attack to gain traction.
Speaking of opportunistic use of a horrific situation – a vigil held in Birmingham for the victims of the recent attack excluded UKIP and Tory representatives.
According to event host Sharon Campion:
“The message is simply, we need to stand in solidarity and unity and not let the racists divide us.”
Considering that this attack was clearly ideologically rather than racially motivated this is a bizarre stance, as was the involvement of campaign group ‘Stand Up to Racism’.
It is also perplexing that ‘standing in solidarity’ would involve the exclusion of politicians based upon their political beliefs.
According to Keith Rowe, a UKIP representative who was asked not to attend:
“I thought that the whole point of vigils such as this is to stand together in solidarity against those who would divide us and damage the democratic freedoms we hold so dear.”
So much for solidarity, I suppose!
The Birmingham ‘vigil’ appeared to be more something akin to a political demonstration.
Subsequent photographs of the vigil revealed the true motives of the event organisers.
Attendees carried ‘refugees welcome’ signs – demonstrating a lack of sensitivity and readiness to hijack and politicise the tragedy.
As expected, left-leaning rags trotted out the same tired excuses and the same transparent apologism:
“We don’t know the exact motivation behind Monday’s horrifying terrorist attack.”
Although this type of damage control is to be expected from the diversity loving media, some outlets sank to a new low when they misrepresented an admirable Sikh taxi driver (one of those who gave free rides away from danger following the blast) as a Muslim.
Cosmopolitan resorted to the particularly obtuse lie – presenting the Sikh man (complete with turban and recognisable beard) as a Muslim in a fawning, despicable Tweet.
American journalist Jack Posobiec pointed out the insincerity, and the original publisher later accused the magazine of contributing towards cultural ignorance.
The famous ‘Muslim taxi driver’ turned out to be recognisably Sikh.
The moral of this attack is much the same as it ever has been when it comes to Islamic violence.
No, all Muslims are not the problem – it would be ridiculous to claim such a thing.
Yet, there is something uniquely volatile in Islam.
Perhaps it began when the Prophet Muhammad massacred 900 Jews of the Banu Qurayza tribe, perhaps when he first raped his child wife.
But either way, something more than impotent rhetoric, platitudes and pandering must be done: these are not the answers which will defeat the 400 or more returned Islamic State fighters who now trespass upon the soil of the United Kingdom once again.