Note: What Mr Adebolajo did in Woolwich should be punished as harshly as the law permits. Once more, it may be regretted that the death penalty has been abolished.
At the same time, we should recognise that neither the murder he committed nor the speech he gave to justify it was inexplicable. He does not consider himself to be British. He considers himself instead to be a Moslem simply resident in England. It is hard to argue that our armed forces are not engaged in wars of aggression within the Islamic world, and harder still to argue that they have not committed atrocities there against civilians. I will not bother with his comments on Mr Cameron.
We should also compare his crime with those of the Sinn Fein/IRA terrorists presently allowed to rule in part of the United Kingdom. Whether by chance or judgement, he chose to murder a soldier. The method he chose to do this put no one else at risk, and involved the certainty of his own immediate arrest and final punishment.
The wider sadness of what happened in Woolwich may be less that Mr Adebolajo is mad or evil, than that certain propositions to which we are required to give public assent cannot be made true either by wishful thinking or by force of law. SIG
Here is what he says:
“The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers, and this British soldier is one, it’s an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. By Allah, we swear by the Ummah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. So what if we want to live by the sharia in Muslim lands. Why does that mean you must follow us and chase us and call us extremists and kill us? Rather, you lot are extreme. You are the ones – When you drop a bomb, do you think it hits one person? Or rather your bomb wipes out a whole family. This is the reality. By Allah, if I saw your mother today with a buggy, I would help her up the stairs. This is my …nature. But we are forced by the Koran, in Sura At-Tawba, through many many ayah [verses] throughout the Koran that we must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I apologise that women had to see this today but in our lands our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you. Do you think David Cameron is gonna get caught in the street when we start busting our guns? Do you think the politicians are gonna die? No, it’s gonna be the average guy — like you, and your children. So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so we can-so you can all live in peace. Leave our lands and you will live in peace. That’s all I have to say. Allah’s peace and blessings be upon Mohammed, salaam alaikum.”