You know who the real victim of the O.J. Simpson case was? O.J. So you won’t be too surprised to learn that the real victim in the brutal murder of Lee Rigby, a British soldier, is the terrorist mosque that his murderers attended.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, members of a prayer group in Woolwich that became a focus of media attention because of the killers’ alleged attendance spoke with dismay of the way in which their community had been portrayed, in the words of one headline, as a “magnet for extremists”.
The Glyndon Community Centre prayer group is associated with Usman Ali, a preacher who several newspapers alleged had known and radicalised Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the two men found guilty on Thursday of murdering soldier Lee Rigby. Ali denied those claims in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera.
“I’ve been coming here for 10 years and I’ve never seen those people in my life,” said one man who, like all of those present, did not want to give his name. “I think this community centre, this congregation, was a victim.”
You might think that Lee Rigby, who was run over and mutilated by Koran-spewing converts to the Religion of Peace was the real victim, but no. The murderers are always the victims and the victims are the perpetrators who made the murderers kill them.
So what was the eminently peaceful Usman Ali involved in?
Bakri left Britain in 2006. Anjem Choudary moved north of the river. The mosque, also known as the Greenwich Islamic Centre, spent £30,000 on legal action to exclude another key local al-Muhajiroun figure, Usman Ali; according to evidence presented in court, he was using the premises to show children videos of the 9/11 massacre, chanting “Allah is great”.
But the extremists did not leave Woolwich when they were excluded from its mosque. What the reporters lining up outside to talk to wary congregants did not know was that there is another place of Islamic worship nearby, at the Glyndon Community Centre, in Raglan Road.
Clearly we know who the victim is.