On 11th September 2001, 4 airliners were hijacked by the militant extremist group, Al-Qaeda, and flown directly into the heart of the American Empire. 2 of those planes were flown into the World Trade Centre, where they caused 2,753 deaths. Another was flown into the Pentagon, and another was aimed at Washington DC.
The fact that 19 Islamic terrorists could strike such a massive blow, right at the nerve-centre of US power, was a terrifying and de-railing thought. US dominance over land, air and sea had been established since the end of the Second World War, the thought of it being challenged when they had felt so secure was unnerving, to say the least.
I maintain that the invasion of Afghanistan was and is justified. But the war to topple Saddam Hussein remains a token of destructive idiocy which achieved nothing. We set an entire nation against us, on the basis of self-preservation from WMDs that have still not been found. There have been 461,000 deaths in Iraq since we arrived in 2003, directly attributed to the violence.
The 9/11 attacks inspired a culture of fear, paranoia and intolerance. The terrorists attacks that have come since then have painted the Islamic community of Britain as a rotten apple, filled to the brim with murderers, extremists and child traffickers. I have never believed this to be the case. Owing to a multitude of factors, social, economic, historical and cultural, the Islamic community has perhaps found it the hardest of all to assimilate into British culture. Due to differences in wealth between adherent nations of Christianity and Islam, there is more reluctance to deviate from scripture.
Tommy Robinson and EDL represent a solid core of resentment and ignorance about Muslims, which is spreading through the British working class with dangerous speed. It developed after 9/11, and the twelve years of ‘The War on Terror’ have seen it grow into a cancer. Tommy’s recent decision to jump ship to Quilliam has left many puzzled, not least myself. That man continues to be an enigma to the world.
Tommy Robinson accuses the Qur’an itself of condoning sex-trafficking, FGM and the killing of infidels and homosexuals. But both the Bible and the Qur’an were written for a different age. The question remains one of dogmatism. Most Christians are taught to screen out pieces of scripture which condone awful things, and most Muslim do as well. The only difference between us is that dogmatism is slightly higher within Muslim ranks, that is all. And as I’ve said before, that small difference is owing to the fact that most Muslim countries are less developed than the West.
This problem is only solved by patience and guidance. It will not be fixed by singling out the Muslim community, or by discrimination of any kind. That is the exact opposite of what we must be doing. We must have a blanket policy. Never be afraid to challenge an abuse of the law, because it is carried out under the disguise of religion. Things like FGM are unacceptable, and should be so under UK law. Only by enforcing the law strongly can we iron out our differences, and make our position clear:
You can stay in our country, but you will follow our law.