After Finsbury Park, we must crush the poisonous narrative that all Muslims are responsible for terror ~ NABILA RAMDANI, THE TELEGRAPH, 19 June 2017.
The sight of an Imam protecting a terrorist suspect from attack by an angry crowd is one that will disappoint many hateful bigots in Britain today. Selfless courage and decency from a Muslim cleric does not fit into their poisonous view of one of the world’s three great monotheistic religions.
Instead, they want the kind of murderous incident that devastated the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London in the early hours of Monday to be caused by the victims.
“Less Islam is obviously a good thing,” is how one mainstream commentator put it last month on a Sunday morning programme on the BBC, as if he was discussing moths. The utterly demeaning reference to real people – men, women and children – had a surreal feel to it, but the intention was as clear as day.
It connected the cowardly actions of a handful of evil misfits responsible for low-tech terrorist outrages with all Muslims.
Anybody who sets out to kill and maim innocent civilians comes from the same background, and so let’s get rid of them all, reads the demonically simplistic script. The idea is to elevate a few sociopaths into a mythical warrior army who create an existential threat to Europe itself.
Thus, other propagandists, the type who refer to unwanted foreigners as “cockroaches” who deserve their own “Final Solution”, join the Islamophobic chorus.
One urged “western men” to “Stand Up. Rise Up” against the alien hordes destroying civilisation as we know it.
How obscene such clichés sound today when we consider that the Finsbury Park attacker reportedly shouted “Kill all Muslims”, after driving a van into a group of worshippers who were leaving late night Ramadan prayers at the mosque.
His objective was to cause extreme loss and suffering – just like the other cowards who used the same kind of methods on London and Westminster bridges.
It does not matter whether such maniacs pledge themselves to the so-called Islamic State or an alt-Right group – the result is horrifyingly predictable.
“Kill all Muslims” is a phrase that you frequently read online on platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.
What’s the betting that the suspect being held for the mosque outrage was emboldened by his ability to exchange “free speech” with like-minded inadequates, many of them hiding behind anonymous accounts?
Calls for genocide follow naturally from seemingly authoritative members of society spreading collective guilt. One only has to spend five minutes studying the history of the Holocaust to see how easily this can happen.
Nowadays, angry men and women, with sensationalist books, columns, and social media threads to fill, think nothing of stigmatising the detested “Other”.
Their reactionary reputations rely on stirring up the dregs of the “online community”, as they are supported by extremist politicians and other blustering public figures who want to put Muslims in their place.
That there is a considerable overlap between those who follow Islam and ethnic minorities is particularly useful to them. Dark-skinned immigrants are portrayed as the main problem, so the objective is to link them with every offense going.
The moment there is a breaking news alert – a reported shooting in the USA, or a stabbing in a European city – they desperately search for affirmation that Islam is behind it all.
Never mind that countries like Britain have a long and tragic history of terrorism carried out by all kinds of groups, such as the predominately Irish Catholics of the IRA, or the Protestant Unionists.
The manipulators ignore the fact that drugs, alcohol, violent movies and video games, and obscene material found all over the web play a significant part in creating terrorists.
Alienation, low IQs, and the prosecution of overseas wars in Muslim countries by western powers, including Britain, are also some of the ingredients in the combustible mix, even though many want to avoid admitting this.
The truth is that ancient religions have been corrupted into excuses for lethal violence throughout the centuries, just as secular ideologies have.
Even now there will be those who will set the Finsbury Park Mosque outrage within the context of a cosmic battle between rival forces.
It was not. It was a squalid act executed by a vicious criminal who should be dealt with according to the rule of law, just like all other weak-minded terrorists, no matter what their backgrounds.
Mosque attack is the consequence of hate talk and populist rhetoric ~ NABILA RAMDANI, THE EVENING STANDARD, 19 June 2017.
Shocking; police in Finsbury Park following the attack that killed one person Nigel Howard
Genocidal slogans and improvised murder weapons are the hallmarks of the kind of terrorism that has brought horror to Finsbury Park. Maniacs inspired by what they see on TV or read on the internet set out to cause maximum pain and suffering.
They have no coherent idea of who their real enemies are — they simply have a pathological hatred of caricatures they have learned to despise. In the case of the latest London attack, “I’m going to kill all Muslims” was said to be the rallying cry of the van-driving assailant.
It is the type of statement of intent favoured by irrational bigots who see all the world’s problems beginning and ending with one of the three great monotheistic religions.
Worshippers leaving late-night Ramadan prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque were easy prey as they packed pavements on a hot June night. You do not need a sophisticated armoury, or any sort of military training, to express your inadequacies in such circumstances.
In this sense, the criminal responsible was exactly the same as the vicious cowards behind similar recent atrocities at London Bridge, the Manchester Arena and Westminster.
Whether they pledge their allegiances to so-called Islamic State, al-Qaeda, white supremacist movements, or even less extreme far-Right groups, the result is thedo not distinguish between potential victims — anybody at all can end up underneath the wheels of their hired vehicles, or at the end of their kitchen blades.
Sadly, many are increasingly emboldened by mainstream commentators who see little difference in the handful of misfits who commit these acts and millions of ordinary Muslims. Immigrants from the Middle East are referred to as “cockroaches”, and “Kill all Muslims”-style sentiments are frequently left unmoderated on online forums.
Far-Right rabble-rousers evoke a Western civilisation under attack by dark-skinned “aliens”, as they desperately try to link all followers of Islam with every offence possible.
In turn, terror breeds terror, and there has been a huge spike in hate crimes against Muslims following atrocities claimed by ISfigures show a five-fold increase in Islamophobic street attacks over the past month.
This is also a world where Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has called for a ban on Muslims entering his country, inspiring plenty of others everywhere, including Britain, to call for deportations, internments and more walls.
The angry populist message of exclusion and division is one that affects weak minds, and terrorist brutality is the direct result.