Terror once again hit the streets of London late Saturday night. As day faded into evening here in the States, I heard on the news that there were purportedly three different “incidents,” as they’re calling them, going on in London. One sounded like it involved a vehicle, another involved multiple stabbings, and the other may have involved the use of firearms. All in all, Brits are now subject to a nightmare not even two weeks after a different nightmare, the bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, took place.
Even before I found out any information about the attackers, I know they’re radical Islamists; it’s just common sense at this point. It’s not because I hate Muslims. It’s not because I’m “racist,” (even though Islam isn’t a race) or because I’m bigoted. It’s because I’m human and my brain recognizes patterns. Islamic terrorists have been launching these kind of attacks across Europe and the U.S. for awhile now. Practically every time an attack of this caliber happens, it ends up being a Muslim who’s responsible. That’s not a coincidence.
It was an Islamic radical who drove a huge truck into crowds of people in Nice, France, during Bastille Day celebrations almost a year ago. According to BBC, a publication which, like many others that covered this attack, makes it seem like it was the truck’s fault for plowing into and massacring innocent people, the man’s name was Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel and he is believed by French authorities to have been motivated by ISIS-like beliefs.
An Islamic extremist was responsible for mowing down shoppers at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, on December 19, 2016. Anis Amri had been known by authorities prior to the attack, as the Telegraph reported that he’d had connections to an imam who advocated Islamic fundamentalism. Amri killed 12 people that day.
On March 22 Khalid Masood rammed his rental car into people on Westminster Bridge in London. He then exited the car and attacked a cop with a knife. Five people, including the cop, died by Masood’s hand. It was no surprise to me when police said the killer had been inspired by Muslim extremists.
In September of 2016, a young man went on a stabbing spree inside a mall located in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He left 10 victims in his wake, but thankfully no one lost their life. Dahir Adan was the name of the perpetrator, and he was shot and killed by an off-duty cop. The Star Tribune reported that just hours after the bloody assault, a spokesman for ISIS tweeted that Adan had been a “soldier of the Islamic State.”
“‘The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to the citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition,’ the posting by the AMAQ news agency read.”
Stabbings have become more and more prevalent across Europe, and the culprits often have ties to radical Islam. Sometimes they result in fatalities, other times they don’t, hence it’s not guaranteed you’ll hear about them like it’s guaranteed you’ll hear about mass victim attacks such as the Nice or Paris attacks.
According to a 2016 CNN report, from June 8 to July 31 of 2016, there was an attack motivated by radical Islamic beliefs every 84 hours, or three and a half days, “in cities outside the war zones in Iraq, Syria, Sinai in Egypt and Libya.”
That’s a significant statistic, especially given the proximity of recent attacks in the U.K., one (or two, or three) of which are still taking place as I write this, yet some out there remain maddeningly clueless as to why the terror attacks are happening. I have to wonder if they simply don’t pay attention to what’s going on in the world, or if they’re really that, well, to say this as politely as possible, not smart.
im sick of this. actual muslims were attending night prayers and people think these murderers are muslims #LondonBridge
— Duke Ovis (@DukeOvis) June 4, 2017
Just because not all “actual Muslims” are murdering psychopaths doesn’t mean some “actual Muslims” aren’t murdering psychopaths. Why do some people have such a hard time seeing the difference between the moderate and the radical?
If it were white [Christian] males behind these recent terrorist attacks y'all and your fool of a "president" would be MUTE #LondonBridge
— ???? (@fuxkmeup) June 4, 2017
I don’t understand why anyone would post such a ridiculous tweet.
media and ppl should stop sending hate messages maybe this would fix something, racism causes hate and hate causes violence! #LondonBridge
— Réd ???????? ⵔⵉⴷⵡⴰⵏ (@red1_62) June 4, 2017
Then, of course, there’s the person who believes if everyone would just stop blaming Muslims for terror attacks, the Muslims would stop committing terror attacks.
We believe in the goodness of all people. We believe in a global community. We are not afraid. #LondonBridge
— Lane (@LaneCravey) June 4, 2017
I feel there are so many things this “Lane” either refuses to understand or is incapable of understanding. “We are not afraid,” really? Tell that to the victims of Islamic terrorism.
One plus one equals two; it will always equal two, even if it hurts your feelings that it equals two. These kinds of attacks will continue to be carried out by radical Islamic terrorists. They warned us of this. We were warned ISIS would take advantage of the refugee crisis to gain access to our lands and people. Leaders of the U.K., Germany, France, and other countries ignored their warnings and now citizens are paying the price with their lives.
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