The political class always tells us to forget about Islamist attacks. Let’s refuse to do that.

The political class always tells us to forget about Islamist attacks. Let’s refuse to do that. By Brendan O’Neill.

So who is to blame for the terror in Reading? [UK: Muslim stabs random people in the neck, three feared dead, two more in critical condition, police forced to conclude it might be “terror-related”]

What ‘climate of hate’ provoked this mass stabbing? Which ‘culture’ caused Khairi Saadallah, a refugee from Libya [given asylum in 2018], to pick up a knife and wield it against innocent people sitting in the sunshine in a park? Which newspaper columnists or politicians or tweeters have blood on their hands for spreading prejudiced ideas that get into the heads of people like Saadallah and drive them to kill?

Whenever there is a far-right terrorist attack or act of racist violence, it is always followed by a hunt for ‘the cause’; for the book or the idea or the political climate that gave rise to these hateful monsters intent on slaughtering people for no other reason than the colour of their skin or their religious background. It was the Daily Mail’s fault. It was Boris Johnson’s. It was down to Brexit. It was critics of mass immigration who inspired this, who did this. Far-right violence is always viewed as a mere manifestation, a fleeting physical embodiment, of something larger and more evil – of a culture of hatred built or at least enabled by people in the political mainstream.

Will we witness a similar moral investigation post-Reading? Will we see the opinion-forming set and political class dig down to discover the intellectual and prejudicial origins of what seems to have been an act of Islamist violence in which three people were massacred for the sin, it appears, of being British citizens? (Though it transpires that one of them was an American citizen.)

Of course not. …

The double standards are staggering. Far-right violence is always held up as proof that there are dangerous hateful forces in the country; Islamist violence is never discussed in this way. Far-right violence is something we must get angry about and organise against; Islamist violence is something we must refuse to get angry about (that would be giving them what they want, apparently) and don’t even think about organising against it. … What’s wrong with you — are you Islamophobic?’ …

Islamist violence is always removed from the moral universe that other political and violent acts are said to inhabit. It apparently has no cause, no meaning, no impact beyond the sad deaths it causes.

Make no mistake: this invoking of amnesia, this memory-holing of Islamist violence, is designed to suppress difficult discussion about social and communal tensions in 21st-century Britain.

Like, who decided to allow by far the greatest rate of immigration to the UK in over a thousand years, much of it from Pakistan? Would that be Tony Blair, hero of the left? Like, why are the natives on their way to becoming outnumbered, racist pariahs in their own land?

Labour wanted mass immigration to make UK more multicultural, says former adviser,” by Tom Whitehead in 2009:

The huge increases in migrants over the last decade were partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and “rub the Right’s nose in diversity”, according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett.

He said Labour’s relaxation of controls was a deliberate plan to “open up the UK to mass migration” but that ministers were nervous and reluctant to discuss such a move publicly for fear it would alienate its “core working class vote”. …

The number of white, British-born citizens in the UK is at 75% and dropping by about 1% per year. Before 2050 they will make up less than half the population. The left see this as a good thing, and to even point it out draws screams of “racist.”

Mission accomplished. Future generations salute you, Tony Blair.

UPDATE: James Delingpole weighs in: Three Murdered in an English Park. So Where Are the Street Protests?

How … can any nation-state worth the name be prepared to turn itself upside down in order to alleviate some largely confected upset about police brutality in a jurisdiction 4,000 miles away on the other side of the ocean — but at the same time do virtually zilch, save turn the other cheek, whenever predatory jihadist killers decide to take out a few more of its citizens?

It quite literally makes no sense.

There is nothing anyone in Britain can do to prevent incidents in America like the killing of George Floyd.

There is lots and lots more that could be done in Britain to prevent murders like the ones in Reading.