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Woolwich: We’re mad to elevate Lee Rigby’s insane murderers to the rank of rational soldiers

by | 23rd, May 2013

Woolwich street attack

WHO to blame for the barbaric murder of Lee Rigby  in Woolwich? You could start with the alleged jihadis , like  Michael Adebolajo.  The alleged killer says the West made him do it. There can be excuse for this repugnant act. The men who hacked Lee Rigby to death are deranged murderers making human sacrifices to their god.

The question is how do we fight it? The question is if fighting it in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East and other foreign places works?

Writing in the Guardian is   Joe Glenton, a former soldier sentenced in 2010 to nine months prison for refusing to serve a second tour of Afghanistan. He objected on legal and moral grounds. He was the first British soldier to speak out publicly against the war. He writes:


So at the very outset, and before the rising tide of prejudice and pseudo-patriotism fully encloses us, let us be clear: while nothing can justify the savage killing in Woolwich yesterday of a man since confirmed to have been a serving British soldier, it should not be hard to explain why the murder happened.


But let’s start by examining what emerged from the mouths of the assailants themselves. In an accent that was pure London, according to one of the courageous women who intervened at the scene, one alleged killer claimed he was “… fed up with people killing Muslims in Afghanistan …”. It is unclear whether it was the same man, or his alleged co-assailant, who said “… bring our [Note: our] troops home so we can all live in peace”.

It should by now be self-evident that by attacking Muslims overseas, you will occasionally spawn twisted and, as we saw yesterday, even murderous hatred at home. We need to recognise that, given the continued role our government has chosen to play in the US imperial project in the Middle East, we are lucky that these attacks are so few and far between.

Didn’t an extreme and imperialistic form of Islam that exists in Afghanistan and elsewhere inform the killers without the West’s involvement?

It is equally important to point out, however, that rejection of and opposition to the toxic wars that informed yesterday’s attacks is by no means a “Muslim” trait.

But the alleged killer specifically identified himself as a Muslim. He said he was acting on behalf of aggrieved Muslims the world over.

Vast swaths of the British population also stand in opposition to these wars, including many veterans of the wars like myself and Ross, as well as serving soldiers I speak to who cannot be named here for fear of persecution.

But they didn’t just hack a man to death in the street for their god. Didn’t one alleged killer say it was an act of war? Not exactly a peacenik, is he?

Of course, lunatics do mad things.

In May 2012, a lunatic called Hamza Boutouil, 25, killed blind Muslim cleric Maymoun Zarzour  The killer told police he had killed the antichrist and that it was Judgement Day. At the Old Bailey he was put away.

Following a three-day trial at which three of the UK’s leading psychiatrists testified that Boutouil was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and “as mad as you can get”, the jury of four men and eight women returned, in a complex legal procedure, a verdict of “not guilty by reason of insanity”.

Boutouil was returned to Broadmoor maximum security hospital, in Berkshire, where doctors have been treating him since his arrest.

In 2013, Nicola Edgington, 32, of Greenwich, “virtually decapitated Sally Hodkin, 58, six years after killing her own mother”.

She had tried to stab Ms Clark shortly before attacking Mrs Hodkin, who was a law firm accounts clerk, with a knife stolen from a butcher.

The killer had a record of bad mental health.

Lee Rigby’s killers appear to be insane.

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