jeudi 7 novembre 2013


No Protection for Tommy?

If Tommy Robinson, the former leader and founder of the EDL, had a penny for every time he or his family had been threatened on the Internet, by e-mail and on Twitter, he would be a very rich man. 

If he had sued everyone who had physically assaulted him or abused him on the streets, he could have retired to live a life of luxury in some distant sun-drenched tropical haven. If the police had even for a moment taken any of the threats seriously, he would have an armed guard night and day, instead of being threatened with prosecution for re-tweeting the abuse, insults and hair-raising threats he has received over the years.

The Somali-based terror group, al-Shabaab, the group responsible for the recent horrific events in Kenya, have now released a video calling for a number of leading critics of Islamic extremism to have their throats cut.  

This threat is very, very real. It is therefore only right that the police should take the threat seriously and provide protection around the clock for such notables as Mohammed Ansar, the filmmaker and journalist, for Usama Hasan, a senior researcher with the anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation, and imam and broadcaster Ajmal Masroor. 

 This call for the deaths of the critics of Islam is nothing new.  How could anyone forget the murder of Theo Van Gogh in the Netherlands for making a film critical of Islam?  Or indeed the burning of the Charlie Hebdo offices in France for simply poking a little fun at Muslims.

Muslims are fond of telling us how moral Islam is and how it raises the moral status of it’s followers, but their morality is twisted.  It is a morality that is at odds with our own values and traditions in this country, yet our leaders and the establishment are happy to encourage Political Islam over the values of the British people.  It is this that allows Islamists to believe that they can issue these threats against British citizens with impunity. How different it would be if it these threats had emanated from a British organisation like the EDL. There would be dawn raids, multiple arrests and the full weight of the law thrown against them.

There has been the two-faced behaviour of the authorities in dealing with race and religious hate crimes.. The way Islamists are given carte blanche to get away with behaviour that would bring down the full force of the law on anyone from any less favoured religion. The way EDL protests are fenced in both in location and time, and don’t you even think of putting a foot in Tower Hamlets because before you know where you are you will find yourself behind bars for possibly thinking about committing a misdemeanour that might offend the Muslim community. Double standards, two layers of justice and protection for those who are in favour with the police. If you don’t think there are double standards being applied, think of poor Charlene Downes and the treatment of her killers. Think of the poor woman who had acid poured on her while she walked her six-year-old twins home from school. Or the Muslim women who attacked a passer-by in a city centre and were allowed to walk free from court after a judge heard they were ‘not used to being drunk’ because of their religion. If the situations had been reversed do you not think that there would be prison sentences handed out and the Guardian and its readers gloating over the Islamophobes getting their just desserts?

Tommy Robinson, one of the most outspoken critics of Islamist crimes, stands near the top of the list of the infidels that al-Shabaab would love to see gasping their agonised last breaths on Britain’s streets as Lee Rigby did. But this is also the same Tommy Robinson who has campaigned so long and so courageously against police duplicity. Such honesty has not made Tommy many friends among the high and mighty and it is somewhat ironic in a sort of twisted way that it is this campaigning, this honesty, that has apparently ensured that while prominent Muslim critics of Islam are automatically given round-the-clock police protection, Tommy Robinson and his family had to almost beg to be given any protection at all. Apparently police double standards extend from not prosecuting those they should to also not protecting those they should. But then Tommy Robinson is not the right religion, does not hold the right views.

Tommy might not be to everyone’s taste.  You might not agree with his views.  You might violently disagree with them, as many Muslims and those on the left of politics do, but he is a British citizen and it’s the duty of the British state to protect its citizenry from real threats of violence both internal and external.  To deny Tommy protection to renege on the very basis of civilised society.  To give protection to people on an arbitrary basis or on the basis of who the State likes and dislikes is to operate a two-tier system of governance.  It goes against everything that Democracy stands for.  It is not as if Political Islam doesn’t issue these threats regularly everywhere around the world directed at its opponents.  

They are not something new and we know from the death of Drummer Rigby and Theo Van Gogh and countless others who have stood up to Islamist terrorism that Islamists are quite prepared to use murder and the threat of murder to further their cause.

David Cameron needs to act urgently because if there is another incident , another murder such as Lee Rigby’s, it should surprise no-one if the British people were to take the law into their own hands. The British are very tolerant, but that tolerance is being stretched very, very thin. 

If a people are betrayed by their own government and if democratic channels do not work, no-one can blame them if they seek a solution by other means. Eventually, the British people will be pushed so far they they will be forced to take action. 

The EDL do not want to see violence on the streets of Britain, and that is why we call on David Cameron and his cabinet to act now to defend the rightful citizens of this country and not to continue defending those who seek to attack it.

No Surrender

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