The Woolwich Murder and Inflaming Racial Tensions

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The brutal murder of a man in Woolwich, set upon by two men wielding knives and machetes, inevitably led to a lot of heated responses, not least from the hundreds of closet bigots coming out of the woodwork on social media networks, eager to denounce Islam and calling for all Muslims to be thrown out of the country, or worse. Certainly, the reported scenario – Islamic extremists attack serving British soldier who was wearing a ‘Help for Heroes’ t-shirt in broad daylight – is about as shocking and sensational as you can get, guaranteed to inflame racial tensions in a country where years of terrorism and immigration propaganda has worked to instill a culture of fear and separation throughout the population.

Some of the comments on Facebook on the evening of the murder left me under the impression that the ghost of Enoch Powell had somehow merged with the internet, possessing people with a relentless, savage desire for rivers of Muslim blood cascading through the streets of Britain. It is as if many Britons believe that only violent retribution is the answer to, well, another form of extremist, violent retribution. They say that cooler heads will prevail, but the only cool heads I witnessed were shaking solemnly before their monitors in a mixture of shame and disgust as they culled their “friends” list.

The impression that the deeply enshrined racism of 70s Britain is making a resurgence is troubling, to say the least. It is a reflection of the cultural and political similarities between now and then, when economic hardships and a steady flow of immigrants were used as ideological battering rams, sowing division throughout the country. Already this year the government – and their slavish media mouthpieces – have gone to great lengths to demonize the unemployed as “lazy scroungers” and attack the sick and disabled, with Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith coming under fire for manipulating the data in order to bolster the case for the government’s ideological program of austerity. The political pigs at the trough demand a £20,000 annual pay rise – their reward for siphoning public money into private pockets while driving the most vulnerable people in society towards destitution and suicide – and any distraction from their continuing plunder, be it racial or religious tensions, is most welcome.

The Tories were quick to make political capital from the Woolwich murder, using the attack to revive the Communications Data Bill (known to some as the snoopers’ charter), which Nick Clegg had previously ruled out on the grounds that it displayed a “disregard for our personal lives,” much to the chagrin of Home Secretary Theresa May (who seems to model her policies on the East German Stasi). Never mind the fact that the two attackers were already known to MI5, who are allegeed to have offered one of the attackers a job a few months ago – the real objective is the nation-wide surveillance state, so such details are irrelevant.

Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the attack in a speech which summed up how empty rhetoric and condolences conceal bare-faced hypocrisy: while denouncing the actions of extremists on the streets of London, behind the scenes he continues his push towards arming the Syrian “rebels”, many of whom are barbaric extremists themselves who have tortured and murdered women and children, factions of which have openly pledged their allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. These are “our extremists”, so when footage emerges showing a young boy decapitating a Syrian soldier or a militant eating someone’s heart, instead of shock and outrage the public emit an apathetic grunt, failing to grasp that perhaps our country’s role in such atrocities are what instigates reciprocal violence on our streets.

Other domestic extremists were equally swift to capitalise on the attack – within hours, the English Defence League had mobilised on the streets of Woolwich and carried out a number of attacks against people who had absolutely nothing to do with the murder. Watching footage of these men in their balaclavas going on a rampage and you wonder if they appreciate the irony of how similar they act and appear in comparison to the Islamic jihadists in Syria. After attacking mosques, they turned their anger towards the police attempting to quell the unrest. Given the police’s questionable track record of dealing with racism within the ranks, perhaps this could be viewed as a “friendly fire” incident.

Fortunately, there have been rational and peaceful responses to counterbalance the braying fascistic mob: another EDL – the English Disco Lovers –  organised a Disco-Counter-Demo in London; an anti-fascist dance-off to counter the racist chants. More people, too, are beginning to question what motivates such attacks, a process which leads to inevitable questions about the nature of British foreign policy and our fostering of extremists and dictators abroad; reckless geopolitical brinkmanship with potentially dreadful consequences.

Who knows? Maybe cooler heads will prevail and the swelling racial tensions will dissipate before the summer, depriving the government of the opportunity to try out their new water cannons on the disgruntled “great unwashed”. If we can understand the wider cycle of violence and oppression perpetrated in the name of greed and power, perhaps a united peace movement could emerge which brings the cycle to a close, where all humanity is seen as equally worthy of compassion and our differences are cherished rather than feared.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    funny that
    when British troops kill Afghan citizens
    no one seems to mind
    but nonetheless
    what goes around comes around

    Four more UK soldiers disciplined after Afghan civilians killed or injured
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/29/uk-soldiers-disciplined-afghanistan

    • RagBoneMan

      But those that actually committed the crimes are never the ones killed in these ‘terrorist attacks’. It’s just an endless cycle of violence.

      A better saying would be, “What goes around, really goes around”.

    • NewParadigmEU2029

      “Spot the difference”

      The loyalist in the photo is just a young man, part from a defunct-ill funded/mass hated para-military group without any power.

      The
      man from the left, is part from Hamas. Multi-million military
      corporation with huge influence. In the 90s, they established many
      “charity” and “liberal” organizations in the west to advance their
      agenda.

      They control an entire region – the west bank.

      I am a modern satanist, but hell… you guys really turned me into a sympathizer of Christianity.

      We
      have a religious cult with huge influence, a cult where women and
      infidels are killed… and yet any criticism toward that loony cult is
      seen as “bad, heretical and racist”.

      And we have a moderate
      religion, and the words coming from the fewer bigots in that religion
      are seen as equally bad/worse as/than the ACTIONS of the insane
      religious cult.

      Fucked up

  • Anarchy Pony

    Is this when NorseFire takes over England?

  • Bruteloop

    It staggers me that 500 police are working on the investigation, not least because the perpetrators waited around for the police and were known previously by the intelligence agencies. The parents of Stephen Lawrence and Damilola Taylor, along with the girls who were ignored when they reported their abuse as victims of ‘sex rings’ must be wondering too.

  • Stewart Moore

    Facebook filters free speech. If you post a news article; they say you are spamming and ban you. The only thing allowed is mindless chitchat.

    • mike_93

      um… i post several news articles almost daily.

      • David Duke-Astin

        yeah.. me too. what are we going to do about this lying piece of crap called Stewart Moore?

        • http://www.facebook.com/stewart.moore.545 Stewart Moore

          It’s not entirely coincidental that the Obama Administration never put tough conditions on banks receiving bailout money, never prosecuted a single top Wall Street executive for the excesses that led to the near meltdown, and still refuses to support a tiny tax on financial transactions that would bring in tens of billions of dollars as well as discourage program trading.Democrats can’t be trusted to control Wall Street. If there were ever an issue ripe for a third party, the Street would be it.

          • David Duke-Astin

            that doesn’t answer my question

  • David Duke-Astin

    the british have been murdering brown skinned muslims for centuries. man bites dog, i guess.

  • RagBoneMan

    Enoch Powell was not calling for the blood of Muslims with his famous speech. He simply believed that disparate cultures could not co-exist, and to allow large numbers of immigrants with belief systems and cultures that clashed with those of the natives into the country would result in violence and bloodshed. He believed in tighter immigration controls to, essentially, protect the people from themselves. The speech did, however, bolster the racist sentiment amongst the white working class, which sort of proved his point.

    It is deeply cynical to believe that he was entirely right, but also deeply naive to believe he was entirely wrong. While racist attacks on Muslim communities are carried out by a minority of extremist fanatics, racist opinions amongst British whites, especially in Northern towns and cities troubled by unemployment and other social problems, are very common. Similarly, for every Middle-Eastern descendent open to the idea of kinship with people of other races, there is one sequestered away in their own community.

    Yeah, it’d be nice if everyone was as tolerant and accepting as us, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Many on both sides of these communities are completely unwilling to interact with other. Has it caused civil war and ‘rivers of blood’? No. But the tension has always been there, and it will remain there to some degree for at least our lifetimes.

    As long as it’s just ‘tension’, it isn’t that big a problem. Politics shouldn’t be seeking to eradicate these tensions, because that would be a near-impossible project; instead, they should be striving to maintain the equilibrium, making sure that these ‘tensions’ don’t erupt into violence.

    They are not doing a very good job of this. Britain’s foreign policy, combined with the anti-Muslim spin of the ‘War on Terror’ (telling the public we are fighting a war against evil Muslims who would take away our freedoms, rather than telling them the truth – that we are fighting a war to protect our oil interests), is serving to radicalise Muslims, leading to these terrorist attacks that in turn radicalise the white Britons who have little understanding of the true cause of the violence.

    But ultimately, who in government truly cares if there is racial violence on the streets, inspired by their own amoral foreign policy and anti-Muslim propaganda? Okay, it’s bad PR for the nation as a whole when a gang of plebs in England shirts go smashing up a mosque on the Evening News, but all of this chaos presents them with an exciting new opportunity – now, they can introduce the Data Communications Bill and protect the interests of their corporate buddies further by cracking down on dissidents and internet piracy.

  • Mike Notlisted

    It’s great to see how the Abrahamic people’s are doing so much to foster an evolved humanity.

    • Charlie Primero

      War is the health of the State.

      Yahweh loves war.

      Perfect match.

  • mike_93

    Bullshit. It is not racist to point out what a horrible religion islam is. I don’t have any problem with any foreigner whatsoever. But they better expect to be able to live in a civilized society before becoming a member of mine.

    If people from the middle east want to be accepted abroad, they would be better off to abandon islam. It is not a religion of peace. When your holy book promotes violence, sexism, pedophilia, rape, etc. Can it truly be called a moral or peaceful religion? If people from the middle east don’t want to be improperly characterized as religious whack jobs, maybe they should pick a different religious affiliation.

    I’m not crazy about christianity either. It’s the same for christians though. I don’t care how happy and well mannered you appear. There are still christians and muslims killing each other over what they believe. That is their religion. If you don’t want to be caught up in that or mislabeled as a religious bigot/zealot, than maybe you should embrace a different religion. This goes for christians, buddhists, anyone with a bloodied history of violence.

    We live in a land of religious tolerance, and thats how it should be. However, if your religion is just traditionally intolerant of others, there is going to be a problem no matter how peaceful you consider yourself. It will only be a matter of time before someone acts out.

    Christianity says to kill non christians. Christianity teaches that those who deny christ’s divinity will burn in hell. Islam says Muhammad is the one true prophet of god. These books say it’s ok to kill people who disagree. They teach abuse, violence, and the subjugation of women. Jewish people also believe they are the most correct. They teach it’s ok to kill and lie and mistreat non Jews.

    If you are a christian, or muslim, or jew, and this is at odds with how your view the world, than you are in the wrong religion. If you agree that killing non believers is bad, you’re probably a bad christian/muslim/jew. You should probably choose a different religion. One that doesn’t contradict your personal moral code. One that doesn’t have such a long and bloodied history. I don’t care how “good” you consider yourself. Everyone who is a member of these cults is just as guilty as their forefathers.

    For people to deny that this the case, for them to say “jesus is love”, and “islam is a religion of peace” is laughable. It’s Bullshit. These religions are historically murderous cults. You can’t put a happy spin on that.

    It would probably be better if we just universally abandon religion altogether.