Yet another attack has taken place in Britain’s capital city. The city cries yet the responses are the same as ever. Is the world going to wake up to the fact that platitudes and hashtag campaigns achieve nothing of value? Or will the elites continue business as usual in the name of political expediency?
This time the attack involved a homemade explosive being detonated on a busy subway train at the Parsons Green Tube station. The device created a “fireball” effect and a “wall of flames” that left at least 22 people injured most of whom required immediate hospital treatment. This was on a busy, rush hour train and was clearly designed to hurt, injure and kill as many people as possible.
What is even more unfortunate is that the supposed leaders of the United Kingdom have utterly failed to protect the citizens once again. They have released almost the exact same statement as they did last time, and the time before, and yet completely failed to do one single, solitary thing that would seek to prevent another such attack.
The Prime Minister Theresa May issued a bland and uninspiring statement:
“This was a device intended to cause significant harm.” “My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and the emergency services who, once again, are responding swiftly and bravely to a suspected terrorist incident.”
So thoughts with the injured and praise for the emergency services. Then we see what Her Majesty’s opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn had to say:
“Thoughts with those injured in Parsons Green terrorist incident, and thanks to police, ambulance staff, and firefighters who are responding.”
But surely Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and the man at the front of this had something of more importance to say to his city? He said that he wants to thank the security services and the Tube staff for their work and that he was very sad about 18 people being sent to the various hospitals.
Trump Tells It Straight
So all in all: not much really. The reactions of those who are tasked with keeping us safe are sorely lacking. The UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, gave the nation a rather futile piece of advice saying “Everybody should keep calm and go about their lives in a normal way, as normal as they possibly can.” Which would be fine if this were a one-off, if it were not becoming a regular occurrence, but it isn’t. How can people really go about their lives in a normal way knowing that there are (according to European Union estimates) around 35,000 people in the country actively planning to either kill innocent civilians or help others in doing so?
In fact, the only political response with any heart came from President Donald Trump who said:
“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.” “These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!”
And he is absolutely right! Without being proactive, these attacks will continue. We need to use Intelligence and resources to shut these people down before they get a chance to attack, and we need to stop the spread of Islamic extremism by stopping those who preach hate against us. There is no other way.
The British police have arrested an 18-year-old man at the Dover port on his way to France. The Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Neil Basu has issued a statement saying:
“We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning. Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical.”
The threat level is pegged at “critical” which means another attack is expected, but no Intelligence of an attack exists. The fact that this young man was fleeing to France highlights the problem with the European Union’s open border system; it allows terrorists to travel through countries without passport checks. This was the same method of escape used by the Brussels attacker.