Would it have constituted unlawful discrimination for the Enterprise car rental attendant in Birmingham to have refused to hire the car to Khalid Masood, perhaps on the grounds that he looked like most terrorists we see these days plus he has a name like most terrorists we hear of these days, or perhaps even that the attendant just got a weird vibe off the guy? Should the attendant have refused to hire him the vehicle, and then tipped off the police? Should the attendant have hire him the vehicle, but then tipped off the police anyway? Would the police have been guilty of harassment had they intercepted him to run some checks? (are there restrictions on how long the police and stop a vehicle for?) Whatever your answers to these questions, four people who had absolutely nothing to do with Khalid Masood are now dead. He killed then. Deliberately. Not because ISIS said so, but because Allah said so. Cut the crap! You may remember: Khalid Masood, a Muslim terrorist, killed them in London on Wednesday, and injured forty. What you may not know, is that Muslim terrorists killed fourteen other people and injured a further twenty on the same day. The tally for the thirty days leading up to Wednesday 22 March was “138 Islamic attacks in 24 countries, in which 997 people were killed and 1142 injured.”
I get berated sometimes, for suggesting that in the case of Muslims terrorism, Muslim terrorism in particular, Human Rights is a mistake. It is a mistake because Human Rights offers that kind of terrorist an opportunity and encouragement. It is a mistake to see a Muslim’s terrorist act as merely a crime. That terrorist perceives himself or herself as part of something far greater, far grander, than a single act of mass muder. And apart from our Human Rights offering that terrorist the encouragement and opportunity to commit the terrorism he believes it his duty to commit, he is at the same time offended that despicable, lesser beings who deserve death should presume to treat him equally, should “offer” him rights. In his eyes, equal treatment with a kafir is an affront. They will only start taking us seriously if we deny them equality and deny them Human Rights, especially in prisons. And before you throw up your hands in that clichéd “then we become like them,” let me say that if you insist on the blind application of Human Rights on those whose express intention is to destroy those right, then we will become like them. Those willing to say this explicitly are still far too few. One clear voice is that of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, quoted in Real Clear Politics yesterday:
“We empower them because every time we appease and appease and appease, they see that as God’s hand – their perception of God – they see God’s hand making it easy for them to advance their agenda,” Ali said. “They don’t see that here is a decent, civilized society that is trying to understand them and give them time, and try to persuade them to put their weapons down. That is not how they see it.”
“That is wrong,” she said about efforts to assimilate Islamic immigrants. “That is seen as weak and you are inviting aggression if you do that.”
I have argued repeated on this blog, given what Islam is, and given our obstinate denial of its nature (and our lily-livered approach to apprehending terrorist suspects), it’s a miracle we’re not yet overrun with terrorism; other parts of the world already are. Of the almost 1000 people killed by Muslim terrorists in the thirty days leading up to and including 22 March, six have been in the West. Of the 138 terrorist attacks in which they died, two of those attacks were in the West. Isn’t it obscene to cry lone wolf?