Thoughts of home

It is difficult to know what to say about yesterday’s horrific events on the streets of London but equally difficult to ignore them. The brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich reminded me of a few incidents from my professional life that I’d really prefer to forget but the pictures that were flashed around the world must have shocked and appalled the great majority of the people who saw them.

The assassins’ spokesperson reminded me of the characters in the film Four Lions: disaffected young British men of impressionable intellect and confused ideology. If it were not such an awful thought I could almost have imagined him going on to complain about the lack of sports facilities in his part of East London. For the love of Allah, why have we let the hate mongers who recruited and indoctrinated him carry on spreading their message into the heart of our communities?

┬áIf the definition of “terrorism” is to commit acts that cause people to feel terror then Michael Adebolago (and whoever was pulling his strings) has failed. Contempt, disgust, a powerful resolve to prevent others from following in their footsteps……. but terror? I think not.

Categories: Britain, London

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