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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Salman Abedi Wasn’t a Lone Wolf… He Was a Known Wolf, and the Muslim Community Tried To Warn Us about Him


Yesterday morning, an exasperated radio host asked, “What more can a law-abiding Muslim do?” after it emerged that the Manchester bomber’s family and friends tipped off MI5, who then missed five opportunities to stop him. I wasn’t surprised that we’d reported him… Muslims are as scared of being blown up as everyone else is. These people have ruined many Muslim nations. They’ve ripped our communities apart. We worry about them attacking our children’s minds. You check your kids’ web histories for porn… we do that too, but some of us also check for jihadi Twitter accounts.

Therefore, it’s completely natural for us to be the first to make the phone call when we see someone being a threat to our country and communities… even if we have sometimes felt excluded from the government’s top-down approach to the Prevent strategy. However, why are the pundits so quiet today? Shouldn’t they be as elated about Muslims reporting the terrorist, as they were outraged yesterday about “Muslims having to do more?” Why is a bad Muslim Brit more newsworthy than a good Muslim Brit? Why haven’t they hastily commissioned Trevor Philips to host an edgy documentary exposing how British Muslims act as unpaid informants for an under-resourced security service?

Under-resourced they are… that’s certain. There are 3,000 people on the UK terror watch list. MI5 has 4,000 staff. It takes 30 people to keep a terror suspect under surveillance… do the maths. The Americans spend five times as much as us (per capita) on intelligence. So why do we think we can do it on the cheap? Why do some of our politicians think our streets will stay safe, even though Greater Manchester police have had to let go nearly a third of their officers since 2010? At a time when our nation is crying out for leadership, it’s fallen to the opposition to demand more resources for first responders and crucially, for our security services. The opposition has also started to unpick the messy relationship between our foreign policy decisions abroad and terror at home.

I’m not just talking about the Iraq War. I’m also talking about our foreign policy élite spending millions to inadvertently create British jihadis in proxy wars in Libya, instead of letting our security services do their job properly. Our Prime Minister was Home Secretary and in charge of MI5 when they received tips about Abedi. Don’t the victims’ families have a right to an explanation about why they didn’t heed the warnings? Let no one say that Muslims didn’t cooperate with the authorities to report Abedi. Abedi flew a black jihadi flag out of his window in Manchester. His mosque banned him. His Imam reported him. His family reported him. His friends reported him. He wasn’t a lone wolf… he was a known wolf.

However, MI5 didn’t stop him. Not because they didn’t want to… because they run it on a shoestring, while Whitehall spends taxpayers’ money on propping up friends in Libya. I’m willing to pay more taxes if it means 8-year-old girls come home alive from pop concerts. I’m sure you are too. Nevertheless, even if you’re not, that might not be necessary… we spend twice as much on Trident as we do on security and intelligence. Last week, my niece asked me for Ariana Grande tickets. I’ve promised to take her, as soon as the tour restarts. I’ll do anything I can to help our security services keep her safe. What more can a law-abiding Muslim do?

27 May 2017

Muddassar Ahmed

The Independent



Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Statement on the Martyrdom of Christians on Hosanna Sunday in Egypt



With palms in their hands, hymns on their lips, and peace in their hearts, New Martyrs were ushered from their churches in Alexandria and Tanta into the Paradise of Joy on Hosanna Sunday, the day and feast of the Lord.

All Christians… know that you are a light in the world, a source of good, and a means for peace. The whole world is under siege by an ideology of hatred… a cancer of the conscience. The same hands that skilfully designed weapons of harm could’ve discovered tools for a cure. This violent act against Christians is because evil can’t coexist with good, darkness can’t overcome light, and hatred can’t befriend peace, but death can’t separate us from God.

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the Lord has spoken it.

Prophecy of Isaias 25.8

All our churches and noble citizens throughout the world are praying for the peace and safety of all persecuted Christians, Confessors, and Martyrs. Holy Week is a time devoted to the Lord’s Passion. At all times, the Lord loved. Even when afflicted and crucified, He loved. This is a time for prayer for the entire world. We remain in prayer for the safety of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, all the Confessors of the Christian faith, the families of the Martyrs, and all the injured victims. On behalf of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States, I offer our deepest condolences to everyone afflicted by this sad day in Egyptian history.

+Bishop Youssef

Ruling Hierarch

Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

10 April 2017

Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States


11 April 2017. 43 Dead in Egypt… Patriarch Tawadros Escaped Injury


On Palm Sunday, a bomb went off in St Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria in Egypt. 43 died and hundreds more injured… the Islamists struck again. Their intent was to drive a wedge between Christians and sane Muslims (the Islamists hate them almost as badly as they hate the Christians… how dare they associate with and defend infidels!). I think that they failed. Yes… they killed Christians… yes… they disrupted a major Christian holy day… but no, they didn’t divide the normal people of Egypt. Yes, the violence will continue… far too much of it, I’d say. However, the Egyptian government will do its best to nick the perps and give them their just deserts. It’s not Saudi Arabia, where Christians must go about in fear. Yes, there are feral Muslims, and we do wrong to ignore that fact. On the other hand, remember that such fanatics are heretics in Muslim terms… yes, heretics. Sadly, these fanatic heretics run the KSA, and they use their money to spread this contagion. So… be vigilant, but differentiate between the Saudi-financed bigots and the “silent majority”. As one of my friends told me, “If I had wanted to live under Wahhabism, I’d move to Saudi Arabia. No, thank you”.

Meanwhile, pray for the dead… we’re Christians; that’s what we do…


Friday, 24 March 2017

Welcome to London: The Truth Is That We Can’t Go On Like This


They stood in the centre of Brussels. Row on row. Hands held high, making hearts to the heavens. Showing the slaughtered they weren’t forgotten. Reminding themselves they were here with love. Looking to show humanity wins. That love conquers all. They lay in the centre of London, face down where they fell. Stabbed by a knife, rammed with a car, flung, broken, into the Thames, life bleeding out on the curb. The news came thick and fast. A car rammed deliberately into pedestrians on the bridge. Ten innocents down. A police officer stabbed at the House of Commons. Confirmed dead. Another woman now, dead at the scene. Shots fired. An Asian man rushed to hospital. A woman plucked from the water. I grew colder… and more tiny. No anger for me this time. No rage like I’d felt before. No desperate urge to get out there and scream at the idiots who refused to see this coming. Not even a nod for the glib idiots who say this won’t defeat us, that we’ll never be broken, that cowardice and terror won’t get the better of Britain. Because, as loyal as I am, as patriotic as I am, as much as my whole younger life was about joining the British military and fighting for my country… I fear we’re broken.

Not because of this ghoulish spectacle outside our own Parliament. Not because of the lives rammed apart on the pavement, even as they thought about what was for tea. Or what train home they might make. However, because this is us now. This is our country now. This is what we have become. To this, we’ve been reduced. Because all the while those forgiving fools in Brussels stood with their stupid hands raised in hearts to the sky, another mischief was in the making. More death was in the pipeline. As the last life-blood of a police officer ran out across the cobbles, the attacker was being stretchered away in an attempt to save his life. London is a city so desperate to be seen as tolerant that they released no news of the injured. No clue about who was safe or not. Liberals convince themselves multiculturalism works because we all die together, too. An entire city of monkeys… see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Blind. Deaf. And dumb. Immersed in a seething pit of hatred, hidden in pockets of communities plagued by old animosities and ancient strife.

These people may have left their lands. However, they’ve brought every tension, every conflict, every bit of fight here with them. The Afghans hate the Somalis who loathe the Eritreans. As it was before, it is now. London is a city of ghettos behind a thin veneer of civility kept polished by a Muslim mayor whose greatest validation is his father’s old job. Son-of-a-bus-driver Sadiq. I see him now, penning a missive about how London is a beautiful and tolerant city, how we’re united by shared values and understanding, and how we won’t be cowed by terror. Sure enough, there he was, saying exactly that, just now. Fool.

Even as mothers text to check their children are safe. Including my own, worrying about me as I sit overlooking the scene, feeling fearful of this place where monsters lurk and steal lives away in an instant. For nothing. I’d ask Sadiq to stop talking. Empty words. Meanwhile, banning pictures of women in bikinis on the Underground. How does that help? Please, no hashtag, no vigil, no tea lights. I’m begging you not to light up Parliament in the colours of the Union. Because we aren’t united. We’re wrenched asunder. The patriots of the rest of England versus the liberals in this city. The endless tolerance to those who harm us, (while the Home Office tries to shift the focus of public fear to white terror)… versus the millions like me who face the truth, with worried families and hopeless hearts, who feel the country sinking. We’re taken under the cold water by this heavy right foot in the south, a city of lead, so desperately wedded to the multicultural illusion that it can only fight those who love the country the most, blame those who are most proud to be British, and shout racist at the 52 percent.

This place is just like Sweden. Terrified of admitting the truth about the threat we face, about the horrors committed by the migrants we failed to deter… because to admit that we’re sinking, and fast, would be to admit that everything the liberals believe is wrong. That multiculturalism hasn’t worked. That it is one big fat failure and one big fat lie. President Erdogan of Turkey said there’s a war being waged between the crescent and the cross. Nevertheless, he’s wrong. Because the cross isn’t strong. We’re down on bended knee, a doormat to be trodden on, a joke only funny to those that wish us harm. The war is between London and the rest of the country. Between the liberals and the right-minded. Between those who think it’s more important to tip-toe around the cultures of those who choose to join us, and not defend our own culture.

How many more times? How many more attacks must pass before we acknowledge these are no longer the acts of “extremists”? That there’s no safe badge with which to hold these people at arm’s length, in the way the liberals casually use the term “far-right” for anyone who has National pride. These events are no longer extreme. They’re commonplace. Everyday occurrences. These people are no longer extremists. They’re simply more devout. More true to their beliefs. Beliefs which will be supported endlessly across our state broadcaster for the next few months until we buy into the narrative that one religion isn’t to blame. That in fact, we should blame Brexit supporters. For believing in a Britain. As it was before. Anything but the truth.

This is why there’s no anger from me this time, no rage. No nod for those who pretend we won’t be cowed, even as they rush home to text their mum they’re safe. No surprise that the city of which I was so proud is now punctured by fear, and demarcated even more formally by places we can’t tread; there were always parts in which a white woman couldn’t safely walk. Now, I feel only sadness, overwhelming sadness. I’ll walk over the river tonight and look to the Thames, to the Union flag lowered at half-mast, and the Parliament below, and I’ll wonder, just how much longer we can go on like this.

22 March 2017

Katie Hopkins

Daily Mail


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