A little after noon on Friday, Sir David Amess, a 69-year-old British MP, entered Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex for a meeting with constituents, which he held regularly. Shortly after Amess walked into the church, a Muslim whom AFP described as “a British national with Somali heritage” approached the MP. According to a local councillor, John Lamb, “there were people waiting to see him, and one of them literally got a knife out and just began stabbing him.” Amess died of his wounds a few hours later. The Metropolitan Police announced Saturday “the early investigation has revealed a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism.” So Britain once again has a manifestation of the glories of multiculturalism and mass Muslim migration – not that any of the obvious lessons will be drawn.
According to the BBC, “Whitehall officials say the suspect was not on their database of ‘subjects of interest,’” which is simply an indication of the fact that there are so many jihadis in Britain, authorities are finding it impossible to keep track of them all. This is the result of Britain’s longstanding immigration policies, as well as an absolute unwillingness on the part of British officials to confront jihad recruitment and activity head-on, for fear of appearing “Islamophobic.”
Even after the murder of Amess, there is no indication of any change at the top in Britain. Instead, the usual platitudes were issued, and the usual promises made. Britain’s hopeless Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Marxist-in-waiting, Keir Starmer, visited the site of Amess’ murder to leave flowers. Former Prime Minister Theresa May, who is responsible for so much of the chaos of modern Britain, said it was “a tragic day for our democracy” and called Amess “a decent man and respected parliamentarian, killed in his own community while carrying out his public duties.” She did not, of course, say anything about the person who killed him, or his motives.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the killing was “absolutely wrong and we cannot let that get in the way of our functioning democracy.”
Sure, Ms. Patel. So what are you going to do to stop the spread of the jihad ideology in Muslim communities? Why, absolutely nothing, of course. And less than nothing: the BBC stated that “detectives and the security service MI5 will be delving deeply into the life of the suspect to understand how he reached his mindset….They will be looking at whether this was an attack by a ‘lone actor’ or someone who is part of a network.”
Great. So at best, they may uncover yet another jihadist cell in Britain, and put its members away for a few years of dawah and Qur’an study in prison. At best. But will British authorities ask themselves, and Muslim communities, why there are so many networks of jihadis on the Sceptered Isle in the first place, and start challenging the mosques and scrutinizing what is taught in them? Sure, as soon as I am crowned king and move into Buckingham Palace.
It’s not clear why the Somali targeted Amess; the MP was not notably a critic of Islam. He visited mosques and showed a welcoming face to Muslim migrants. He was, however, a strong supporter of Israel and friend of Jews everywhere. The Times of Israel reported that Amess “sought various avenues in parliament to honor Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. In 1997, a statue of Wallenberg he had campaigned relentlessly for was unveiled in London by Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Israeli president Ezer Weizman. In January this year, he called the event ‘one of the proudest moments of my life,’ and urged the government to redouble efforts against antisemitism, during a speech to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.”
Amess stated during that speech: “Although I myself am not a Jew but a Catholic, there is Jewish blood in each and every one of us. I would certainly have been proud to have been born a Jew, and I stand shoulder to shoulder with our local Jewish community.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid noted that Amess “always stood with the Jewish community and was a true friend of Israel.”
All that could nettle a Somali Muslim. But such things cannot and must not be discussed in modern, multicultural Britain. Lee Jordison, a man who works in the area of the murder, said: “Something like this doesn’t happen – not in all the years I’ve been round this way.” Get used to it, sir! This is the brave new multicultural Britain, that is, a more perfidious Albion than ever, selling out its own people and sacrificing them on the altar of diversity.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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