Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in broad daylight, a murderous act of jihad butchery was committed on a busy London street. The Daily Mail published a pictorial chronology of the gruesome attack, noting, prominently:
At 2:20 PM (London time) a British soldier (25-year-old Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers), wearing a “Help for Heroes T-Shirt” (a charity for wounded British soldiers) was deliberately rammed by a car and crushed against a road sign
The Muslim assailants emerged from the car, dragged the victim to a wall, slashing and stabbing him to death with cleavers and knives, while bellowing “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is great”). Nearly decapitated, the soldier’s corpse was then dragged back into the road.
For some 20 minutes afterward, the murderers paraded up and down the street, permitting their pictures to be taken, and one trumpeted his rationale for the grisly murder.
The two attackers were both of Nigerian descent, and apparently “known” to British security services. One assailant, whose explanatory statements were recorded on video, was later identified as Michael Adebolajo, nom de jihadist “Mujahid,” “holy warrior.” Adebolajo was an acquaintance of Anjem Choudary, the prominent London jihadist ideologue, who characterized the Nigerian Christian’s conversion to Islam (some 10 years ago) in mainstream Islamic parlance as a “reversion” to the “primordial” monotheistic faith, i.e., the Muslim creed. Choudary also emphasized Adebolajo’s devotion to Koranic memorization, along with his restrained, pleasant, “normal” demeanor.
He was a pleasant, quiet guy. He reverted to Islam in about 2003. He was just a completely normal guy. He was interested in Islam, in memorizing the Koran.
Indeed, Adebolajo’s false grievance-laden diatribe, recorded while his blood-stained hands clutched a cleaver and a knife, featured this devout Koranic justification for the butchery he had just committed:
…[W]e are forced by the Qur’an, in Sura At-Tawba [the 9th “sura,” or chapter of the Koran] through many ayah [verses] in the Qu’ran, we must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Sura or chapter 9 of the Koran is believed by Muslims to be either one of, or the final “revelations” of Islam’s holiest guiding text, thus assuming doctrinal precedence over others, even abrogating them outright. Unfortunately, sura 9 consists of an almost continuous series of timeless jihad war injunctions directed at all non-Muslims, and even Muslims deemed “hypocritical” for their inadequate piety.
With depressing predictability, and notwithstanding Adebolajo’s mainstream Koranic justification for his act of jihad butchery—designed to sew terror—British Prime Minister David Cameron negated the Islamic roots of this brutal public assassination. Cameron pontificated,
It was an attack on Britain and it was also a betrayal of Islam. There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act.
Cameron’s cultural relativist dogma on Islam mirrored equally misleading and corrosive statements made by then-U.S. President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the mass 9/11/2001 jihad terrorist attacks. The appropriate Muslim commentary on such remarks by feckless Western leaders, which resonates even more loudly (and shamefully) today, was provided by Omar Uthman Abu Omar, an alleged “al-Qaeda” ideologue and resident British Muslim cleric of Jordanian origin. The loquacious Abu Omar, better known as “Abu Qatada,” observed (in October 2001):