‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing,’ Edmund Burke
There will be many lessons from the Woolwich terror attack in southeast London. The one that resonates with me right now is the reaction, or lack thereof, from bystanders as an innocent man died from wounds inflicted by radical Islamic jihadists.
Two radical Islamists literally butchered a solider with a knives while yelling “allahu akbar” or “God is Great.” Fools, at so many levels. While there were acts of mercy after the killing, what struck me was that no one stepped in to stop these hooligans. You could tell from video footage. Folks were just milling about as an innocent man was slaughtered. Wait, beheaded.
To compound matters, the political voyeurism. You see afterwards, several onlookers granted one of the terrorists what amounted to an impromptu interview that was immediately posted on the Internet. Here is part of what one of the terrorists had to say:
“We swear by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth. “We apologise that women had to see this today but in our lands our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you”
I’m certain that if such a barbaric act had taken place in the United States, those two fellows would be in the nearest intensive care unit, or worse. Onlookers in east London just froze and did nothing.
No one picked up a rock or used another object to stop or sideline these hatred-filled people. No one seems to have said a word. It kinds of reminds me how politically correct European governments deal with problems when staring them right in the face. They seem to ignore it or do nothing.
While we should not be overly harsh on our British cousins, it is an issue that Europeans must deal with. They are curiously ambivalent to just about everything these days. It must stop or bad actors will continue to take advantage of them and think they can get away with it. Like these two in Woolwich.
The good news? Freedom will eventually suffocate these evil doers.