Or so goes the ‘Chinese Curse’ which incidentally probably does not have a Chinese origin but is more likely to originate from the speeches of Joseph Chamberlain. The closest Chinese equivalent, “寧為太平犬，莫做亂離人” (nìng wéi tàipíng quǎn, mò zuò luàn lí rén), is usually translated as “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic (warring) period ” and originates from Volume 3 of the 1627 short story collection by Feng Menglong, Stories to Awaken the World.
And we are. Three terrorist attacks carried out by British Muslims or Muslims resident in Britain, in the space of less than three months: The Westminster Bridge killings carried out by Khalid Masood (previously Adrian Russell Ajao) born in Dartford in 1964. The Manchester Arena bombing carried out by Salman Abedi, born in Manchester in 1994 and, most recently, the London Bridge attacks carried out by three men. Khuram Butt, born in Pakistan but brought up in Barking, London, Youssef Zaghba, an Italian national who, thanks to the EU’s Freedom of Movement, was able to enter our country with impunity and Rachid Redouane about who, even less information has been released but who has certainly been living in London and Dublin for some considerable time even being married to an Irish woman, Charisee O’Leary and having a child with her. Going back further, the London 7/7 bombers were all either British born or grew up here. Mohammad Siddique Khan was born in Leeds but grew up in Beeston and Dewsbury, Shehzad Tanweer was born in Bradford and grew up in Beeston and Germaine Lindsay, was born abroad but moved to the United Kingdom, aged 5 and grew up in West Yorkshire and Aylesbury whilst Hasib Hussain was born and grew up in Leeds.
And there’s a lot of hand-wringing going on about this. Promises of ‘tough action’ by somebody who, as Home Secretary, didn’t take any tough action previously and as of Friday morning, is even more discredited than before and in the words of one ex-Cabinet Minister, ‘a dead woman walking.’ More 11 am Minute Silences. More flowers, balloons and teddies. More analysis of ‘how could they do such a thing and what traumatic things happened in their past to make them so evil? More meaningless condemnations from the Muslim Council of Britain and pointless statements such as ‘these were not Muslims’ etc etc. ISIS and their supporters right here in the UK are having a jolly good laugh at us especially with the latest news that the firearms officer/s who shot the knife-wielding murderers are (with wearisome predictability), already under suspension. (Nothing to worry about folks, just normal procedure, don’t you know.. Politically correct, innit…?)
Let’s be really clear here. Just to focus on the latest atrocity. Butt, Zaghba and Redouane, all beneficiaries of all of the benefits (including the financial ones. of course), of living in a free and liberal Western democracy deliberately ran over as many pedestrians as they possibly could before jumping out of the van and stabbing and slashing people to death with twelve-inch long knives. They and their like don’t care about your analysis, your flowers, balloons and your Minute Silences. They want to hurt you. They want to kill you, hopefully as painfully as possible. And they want to change your society from being a liberal, tolerant, multicultural (in the true sense of the word), westernised one, one where women are treated as equals to men and sexual choices are matter of individual choice to a medieval caliphate where women are only worth one half of a man and homosexuals are thrown off tall buildings.
Let’s turn this on its head. Let’s imagine that you have decided to emigrate to a new country. Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, Saudi Arabia. And when you get there, let’s imagine you say, “I don’t want to learn your language – I want everything translated into English for me. I want to be able to practice my own Christian religion in my own Christian Churches in your country. I want my children to grow up, not as Saudis but as members of a British Minority, with their own segregated schools and not having to learn Arabic. Of course, I want your benefits, housing etc but I don’t feel that I should have to work for them. I’d like the area around where I live to basically adopt my values. If my wife wants to sit outside our front door in her bikini then it should be her right to do that. If I want to sit with her drinking Tennents Extra then I should be allowed to do that. Really, what I need, is to have my own legal system to deal with me and my fellow Brits, because I don’t actually like yours that much.” How do you think that would work out? We all know the answer to that. You’d be lucky to get back out of there in one piece.
So why have successive governments not only allowed wave after wave of immigration to take place into our country over the last one hundred years AND at the same time insisted that there’s no necessity for the newcomers to learn our language and to participate fully in our culture. Instead of this, they’ve knowingly created ghettos across the UK which bear no resemblance in language, culture or identity to those of the United Kingdom, whose young men and women feel no sense of duty or allegiance to the country that has educated them, fed them, housed them and allowed them to practice their own faith without let or hindrance. We don’t have multiculturalism in the UK and because of this failing by Government, we never did. We have become a nation of monocultures. And monocultures which far from peacefully co-existing side-by-side are growing ever more hateful of each other. We’ve been here before. We’ve seen this before. And the backlash cannot be far away.
Put yourself in the mind of somebody that lost someone in one of the three most recent attacks. What do you think they are seeing? The police and MI5 hunting for the supporters of the murderers and trying to prevent future attacks? Yes. Certainly. But also they’re seeing London’s Mayor pronouncing that such outrages are merely ‘part and parcel of living in a modern city’, Manchester’s Mayor claiming that the Manchester Arena bombing was ‘not the work of a Muslim’, when it clearly and undeniably was – If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, take it from me – It’s a duck. They see police deployed to guard mosques and announcing that they’re making good progress on tracking down the perpetrators of ‘islamophobic hate crime’ on social media. They see Jihadists allowed back into the UK and allowed to freely walk our streets whilst non-Muslims are jailed for throwing bacon at mosques (and in the case of Kevin Crehan), subsequently dying in jail. Meanwhile the Al Quds March will, in all likelihood, go ahead, in London, on the 18th June. Previous Al Quds Day marches have seen displays of support for Hezbollah, an illegal, proscribed, antisemitic terrorist organisation and is an annual day chosen by the late Ayatollah Khomeini to call for Israel to be destroyed
Viz: “The Quds Day is not merely a strategic solution for the Palestinian problem, …. any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do its best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime.”
We are rapidly approaching a three-pronged fork in the road. And we, as Britons and our ruling political elite, with the experience of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland should know this better than most. Firstly, we just carry on as we are. Our security services do their best to suppress terrorism carried out by radical Muslims and we accept the fact that every now and again an attack will get through and more of our innocent civilians and guests from other countries will be killed and maimed. Secondly, we give in to the demands of the terrorists and submit to Islam once and for all thus, at least on the surface, removing the source of the problem (although the example of other Muslim countries would not appear to bear that argument out). Thirdly we finally wake up to the snake in our midst and take firm and radical actions to deal with it, including internment of the most dangerous individuals. By any measure, options 1 and 2 are totally unacceptable so therefore we must take option 3. Because, and this is the reason I refer to the lessons of Northern Ireland, the people of this country will not live like this indefinitely. Just as the Loyalist groups arose in Northern Ireland, driven to do so by the actions of the IRA so, inevitably, their equivalents will arise here in mainland Britain intent on revenge for the murders perpetrated on our own citizenry. And all the ‘Islamophobia arrests’ and mosque guarding in the world, won’t stop them.
The next major atrocity may not be the slaughter of innocent civilians and tourists in a London market but the bombing of a major mosque during Friday prayers. We live in a tolerant and freedom-loving society but unless some of those freedoms, such as the freedom to terrorise people are withdrawn, and withdrawn now, the Islamic Troubles will make the Northern Ireland ones look like nothing more than a playground brawl.
As George Santayana famously said,, ““Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. This is one history lesson that Theresa May and her Government, no matter how weakened by the Snap Election folly and its consequences, cannot afford to ignore.