Kobi Emmanuella-King

My Politics, My Truth – The ‘Tragedy’ of the Manchester Tragedy

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To date as many as 30 black young males have already been stabbed to death on the streets of London since this year.  Knife crime on the streets of London is now more of a menace than ever before. Between the dangers of random terrorist attacks and high incidence if knife crime, British society and its youth are truly in the grip of competing social menaces that will take more than idealistic political will and sentiment to address. British police are undoubtedly the best in the world and I have the utmost respect for their professionalism. Several years back, I had the opportunity of working as a senior consultant to one of London’s premier police forces and the expertise and professionalism of our police force is unparalleled, but countering terrorism and providing resources to gather intelligence has become the number one priority at the expense sadly of other forms of crime. Certainly, the airport security checks and the whole experience of air travel is proof enough that our way of life and routine has altered perhaps for ever as part of this new world order whereblowing people up to smithereens, beheading people in broad day light and ramming into crowds using normal vehicular means as lethal weapons of destruction have all become the new ‘normality’

We need to find ways to match the degree of impunity shown by these’ evil losers’ (President Trump’slatest inspired term) with a commensurate level of deterrents and penalties that these dastardly acts deserve otherwise we run the risk of becoming socially and politically snowed under.As I watch the pain and grief etched on the faces of those who have lost precious loved ones, parents – their children and children – a parent or sibling, I am sick to my stomach of this constant need to tiptoe around the delicacy of the issues that surround the ever pervading and pernicious threat of Islamic radicalism and its consequences for civilised society.The cost to us as a society has become too great to ignore and I personally regard it as an insult to the memory of many who have lost their lives through terrorist acts that throughsome sense of misplaced idealism we continue to skirt the fundamental issues that have given rise to this menace in our midst and which is now here to stay, not least because as part of trying to be British we chose to assimilate a set of values and culture that are in direct conflict with ours. 

This is not a judgement on the values people choose to hold but when people inflict death and destruction on their fellow human beings in the name of religion or ideology and avow to continue till they succeed in obliterating human life or those that don’t share their same warped beliefs then it is certainly time to call a spade a spade. What we continue to face as a societyand on almost a worldwide scale is not Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian or atheistic terrorism for that matter. Radical Islam and the indoctrinated mindsets it nurtures has become the bane of civilised society and it amounts to gross irresponsibility, negligence and I daresay even,a dereliction of duty for the government to continue with their politically correct pitch about this menace thatposes an existential threat. One of the primary responsibilities of governmentis the duty to protect lives and property– not play politics with harsh truths that are blowing us up to bits. I have every regard and respect for those of the Muslim faith who hate these acts as much as I do, who are peace loving, law abiding and just want to get on with their lives in peace and harmony within theirlocal communities and with wider society as a whole; but I don’t know how to couch my gut-instinctive honesty in any other language than the language of bluntness. We are talking about the too frequent loss of lives here, not Brexit. Lives being lost to the evil scourge of Islamic extremism. Each time these atrocities happen we hear apologists of the Islamic faith denounce the actions as they swiftly go on to insist that these acts do not represent the faith of Islam. I remain baffled.

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