By Raheem Kassam
May 23, 2017
Teddy bears, tears, candles, cartoons, murals, mosaics, flowers, flags, projections, hashtags, balloons, wreaths, lights, vigils, scarves, and more. These are the best solutions the Western world seems to come up with every few months when we are slammed by another Islamist terrorist attack. We are our own sickness.
If the words above look familiar, it is because they are. They are the same words I wrote on March 23rd, 2016, just over one year ago, after coordinated suicide bombing attacks in the NATO/European Union capital of Brussels, Belgium, which left 32 dead and 340 injured.
Last night, another 22 people died, and at least another 60 have been injured at a former Disney star's concert in Manchester, England.
The targeting of an audience predominantly comprised of young girls should haunt even the most callous of cynics, and the most relativist of liberals. But it won't.
Already we have witnessed large news sites demanding Britain refuse to change its approach to terrorism and extremism. Just keep sucking it up. Keep watching your friends and family die. After all, according to London's mayor, terrorism is "part and parcel" of everyday urban life, right?
All of it, ultimately, is a distraction. I don't know if it's meant to be or not. But it is a massive distraction from the facts of this case. And the reality of European life today.
There has been one attempted terror attack in Europe every nine days in 2017.
Let's take 2017 alone so far. Yesterday marked the 142nd day of 2017. There have been, this year, at least 15 attempted terrorist attacks on European, British, or West Russian soil, killing dozens, and injuring hundreds. That's one attack attempted every 9 days in Europe.
Think about that. One attack every nine days.
In the meantime, the Independent website wants us to "carry on exactly as before."
I suggest we don't "carry on exactly as before." In fact, I suggest we do away with the trite "Keep Calm and Carry On" mindset that has been adopted by hipsters and tourist tat sellers.
Instead, I suggest we look back in history a little further, for how we deal with this scourge.
St. Augustine of Hippo — not to be confused with the homonymous St. Augustine of Canterbury who brought Christianity to England — once said: "Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are."
This is our new mantra.
This is our new slogan.
This is our new way of life.
For news sources like the Independent, the ostensible fight in defence of multiculturalism is even more important than the news story itself, let alone pro-security positions. Over the past 16 hours, the Independent has published and promoted at least seven separate articles targeting the critics of mass migration or lax security.
I cannot for one second imagine being that editor and having the callousness to shout across the newsroom: "Let's hammer Nigel Farage for what he said on Fox!" while young girls are still bleeding in hospitals in England. I encourage you to read their article, by the way, and find anything wrong in what Mr. Farage told Tucker Carlson last night.
This is their new normal.
Terror attacks are now political footballs for the left, while they, without a scintilla of self-awareness or irony, accuse the right of using these events for partisan gain.
How heartless does someone have to be otherwise, to tweet something like the tweet at above?
At bottom left is a small insight into the mind of the author of that tweet, David Leavitt, for context.
We now know that girls as young as eight years old died in the terror attack in Manchester last night.
We know in neighbouring communities, young girls were targeted, groomed, and raped by Pakistani, more often than not Muslim, men living in the United Kingdom.
And while the political left hurls accusations of a "war on women" at the right, for refusing to accept taxpayer subsidy of contraception or abortion, the real war on women is taking place in British towns and cities, conducted by fellow travellers of the high chiefs of multiculturalism.
We must protect our beautiful daughters with the beautiful daughters of St. Augustine: courage, and anger.
Anyone who cannot agree to this basic statement should find no support in public life.
Raheem Kassam is a Shillman-Ginsburg fellow at the Middle East Forum and editor-in-chief of Breitbart London.
Fox News Had the Worst Response to the Manchester Arena Explosion
By Louis Doré
23 May 2017
A terrorist bombing has killed 22 people and injured at least 59 at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, according to police.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said a sole attacker died in the blast:
This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.
Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives.
Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones.
We continue to do all we can to support them.
The incident soon made headlines worldwide.
As the news broke in the United States, Fox News called former Ukip leader Nigel Farage to speak on Tucker Carlson's show.
Speaking only hours after the incident, the Ukip leader did not hesitate, when asked if it would affect the general election:
Well, so far in the election, we've been talking basically about Brexit and competing Brexit, and actually terror, open-door immigration; they've played relatively low roles in the election campaign so far. Now, there are 16 days to go.
If it were to turn out that this attack, let's say for argument's sake, had been taken place by somebody who's been fighting with ISIS in Syria and had returned home, then it clearly has the potential to change the way people think and to change the whole debate.
We've just not been talking about security in this election at all so far.
From tomorrow morning, we will be.
At the time, very few details had been confirmed surrounding the attack, and Farage's 'analysis' has been seen by many as political speculation, linking unidentified tragedy with immigration policy.
Fox News were not the only network to bring on guests that conflated the incident with political issues.
CNN guest Dan Senor said the incident "tells you a lot about the climate in which we are in today. That something like this happens in Europe":
10,15, 20 years ago, our minds wouldn't have immediately gone to a terrorist attack. Between France, and Brussels, and all these terrorist -- UK, these terrorist attacks have been going on around the region, and this constant focus in political environments over the last several years on the two plus million refugees that have come into Europe, via Germany, and now many of whom have spread throughout Europe, and established or inserted themselves into communities that create infrastructure for terror.
Whether this is that or not, that is where people's minds go, and as Spider [Marks] said earlier, Theresa May has got an election coming up this week, she was the Home Secretary under Prime Minister Cameron. She was the equivalent of the Secretary of Homeland Security. She was regarded in the UK as having this strong homeland security credentials.
Police were yet to confirm they considered the incident a terrorist attack when both interviews were made.