The killing of seven people by a lone gunman in Toulouse last year, the Boston bombing of marathon runners and the murder of a British soldier in southeast London on Wednesday, all send the same signal that these are not the acts of just one “lone wolf”. These killers may not have a physical link with each other, but they have a mental one. How can we explain the behavior of a rebel commander eating the heart of a dead Syrian soldier or the killer in Woolwich, his hands covered in blood, asking passersby to photograph him?
In view of a possible backlash against Muslims and their mosques in Britain, security has been stepped up, and a few miscreants were arrested while trying to attack mosques. The British people need to understand that an eye-for-an-eye reaction would be the same as playing into the hands of terrorists. They will use any such reaction to their advantage to recruit more comrades. We presume that Britain is not Pakistan where police will either disappear or simply stand by when non-Muslim communities are attacked after even an unproven charge of blasphemy.
It’s time for introspection and for the British to look for the people and institutions preaching hatred among the younger generations under the cover of freedom of speech. A freedom exercised without legal responsibility will result in what happened in Woolwich the other day. Wake up, Britain.
Masood Khan, Jubail