by Mark Angelides
As news comes out about the latest terror attack in the UK, a nation is left wondering if the government can actually do anything to stop them happening, and if so, why have they not already done so. In Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert, it is thought at least two explosions, one of which was a nail bomb, have gone off under the direction of a “Suicide bomber”. Police are treating this as a terrorist incident until further information comes along.
And whilst it’s important not to speculate too wildly, it is fair to assume that this was an Islamic extremist attack. Why wouldn’t it be? (Although it is worth noting that the last type of this bomb to be used in the UK was a neo Nazi). There are 50,000 subscribers to the ISIS magazine living in the UK today. In the magazine, they describe how to make bombs, how to carry out “lone wolf” attacks, and how to choose targets. That’s 50,000 people who subscribe, the readership is likely much higher.
There will be soon be a COBRA meeting headed by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, in which they will determine if “the attack is over”. And they will state that it is. But this is not the reality. In a war, if you manage to kill one enemy soldier, do you declare victory? Do you send the troops home and make a nice cup of tea? Or do you assume that the one soldier was part of a larger force, and that at some point, they’ll be coming for you. Which viewpoint is likely to help you survive longer?
The attack is not over. It is a long way from over. And while the UK (and other nations) blindly ignore the growing anti-West sentiment that is sweeping the world, there will continue to be casualties. When our leaders send out “messages of strength” instead of displays of strength, then we appear weak. Our weakness encourages the terrorist, because at the end of the day, they are cowards, who hope to gain favour in the afterlife by the butchery of innocents. Our reluctance to tackle them directly, loans them strength they don’t posses themselves.
Without a strong response, the attacks will never be over. Perhaps we will become more inured to the, or as London mayor, Sadiq Khan says, terror attacks are all part of living in a big city, but I hope not. The wanton destruction of life is never a noble cause, regardless of who began it.
by Mark Angelides