The terrorist attack at Finsbury Mosque is not only late-breaking news but it is also a disturbing turn in the on-going fight against Radical Islam. To understand this, let us consider for a moment what the word “terrorism” really means. Often people have associated it exclusively with the Muslim faith because of the continuous and extensiveness of their attacks against Western Civilization and its moral-ethical structure. Terrorism simply means using fear as a weapon. Fear is a potent thing that often leads people to make mistakes, overreact, or panic and surrender in the face of overwhelming adversity.
However, we must recognize that this style of conflict is not new and is not exclusive to Islamofascists; it can be carried out by anyone. That’s what the world experienced last night, when a British man, Darren Osborne, 47, rammed a van into a group of Muslim civilians as they were exiting a Mosque. According to eyewitness testimony, the man drove into the group exiting the mosque killing at least one person and severely injuring about eight. Osborne was pulled from the van by survivors and was at first attacked by members of the Mosque but the Imam stopped this soon after and the man was held down until police arrived.
Video shows the man bruised and bloodied (it is not yet known whether injuries were caused by his attack in the van or bystanders’ assault on him afterwards) as he is being handcuffed by police. He was arrested and driven away in a police van, reportedly blowing kisses and laughing. The injured were rushed to three hospitals in the immediate area. Their names and conditions, as well as the name of the fatality, have not yet been released. The attack is reminiscent of the van attacks on the London Bridge earlier this year and the attack in Nice on Bastille Day. These previous attacks were carried out by members of their respective societies but who also held loyalty to the Islamofascist cause and were willing to carry these attacks out in the name of that cause.
What motivated Osborne, who is not linked to any cause, ideology, or movement?
I cannot go into the mind of a man I have never met and know nothing about so I will not begin to try to analyze his motives, but rather the societal conflict that would lead a man like this to act. Europeans feel under siege but the constant Radical Islamic attacks on their soil. It has gotten so common that people are becoming desensitized to it. The everyday care-free life the Europeans have enjoyed since World War II is being shattered by these constant attacks. People are starting to feel the effects of the fear generated by constant terrorism. Why is it happening now? Why is it happening all the time? How do we prevent it? How do we stop it?
Those are questions people have been demanding of their political leaders for nearly two decades. The government’s inability to respond to the crisis has led to disenchantment with the government’s viability. As a result, it is only logical to assume people, often those on the fringe of society, would take matters into their own hands. The situation will, unfortunately, most likely produce an endless cycle of violence and response between radical elements of the Muslim community against radical elements of the Western community. How does one break this cycle?
It is in the power of the elected leaderships of Western nations to counter this menace and secure both our safety as well as our liberty. However, the response has been hesitant and hamstrung by politicians injecting politics into the problem to fit their own agenda. As a result, we get neither valid nor effective responses from our political elite. Until terrorism becomes a national security issue and not a political weapon, I have my doubts that the violence will abate.
That includes violence from loons like Osborne who is no better than ISIS.