The Ministry of Defence has announced Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was the soldier hacked to death outside his barracks in Woolwich, London yesterday by two terrorists who chanted “Allahu akbar” (Arabic for “God is great”) as they decapitated the soldier in broad daylight with butcher knives and a meat cleaver.
This was a horrific and barbaric attack on a wholly innocent man, father and member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, including his two year old son, at this terrible time.
Once the two terrorists had killed Drummer Rigby they encouraged eye-witnesses and passer-bys to film and photograph the aftermath and their blood drenched hands and clothes. They then waited for armed police to arrive and it would seem deliberately provoked the police into shooting them, probably hoping to be killed.
Thankfully for justice the two terrorists were not killed by the police marksmen but are now being treated for their wounds in two separate London hospitals.
One terrorist has been named as Michael Adeboloja, pictured on the right, whilst the other extremist’s identity has not yet been released by the authorities. One thing is for sure: if charged and convicted this was the last time Adeboloja will be walking free for the rest of his natural life.
These two men are not representative of any community other than the global terrorist community, which contains people from all walks of life. But Governments can do more to make it patently clear this action is and will not be tolerated. Before Islamic extremism grew, primarily after 9/11, the IRA used to kill and maim citizens in mainland Britain. Until Tony Bliar did a deal with the murderers and terrorists, former Prime Ministers took a much stronger line: internment, SAS operations to disrupt attacks and Margaret Thatcher even banned the politicians from the IRA’s political wing, Sinn Fein, from having their voices heard on the airwaves (something in the internet-age would now be impossible to achieve).
With the stripping of our sovereign powers by the European Union, we can’t even now deport terrorists who have spouted Islamic extremist propaganda for years radicalising young men like the two who beheaded a soldier on the streets of South London yesterday. Abu Qatada should be on a plane out of this country tonight.
But he won’t be whilst we are in hock to the EU and European Court of Human Rights and are led by Heathites like David Cameron.