We live in an era where jihad terrorism exists. Car ramming, knife attacks, and that’s only in France! What is one supposed to think when events are reported? Generally, where there is a specific group of violent people being encouraged to and taking part in killing, one may associate terror with that group. Not every thing turns out to be related to terrorism, but to dust it off and pretend the violent attacks are not something to be concerned about is rubbish.
As The Circumvent has previously pointed out, the public is also acutely aware of terror:
- In May of this year, in Spain, a car ramming into pedestrians spooked witnesses into believing they were about to witness a terror attack:
Traumatised witnesses said they had thought it was a terror attack at first, with one claiming: “We thought someone would get out and start shooting people.”
This is a similar situation the Guardian writer is trying to downplay terrorism with.
- In June of this year, in London, a fireworks display over the River Thames “was mistaken for a terror attack” and caused some panicked Londoners to run for their lives.
- In August, someone’s e-cigarette caused some disruption to normal, everyday life:
“British police evacuated London’s Euston station on Tuesday after a small explosion, most probably caused by an e-cigarette in a bag, prompted a lock-down and sent dozens of armed officers racing to the scene.”
“Police carried out a ‘terrorism search’ after a man boarded a tram in Croydon with wires coming out of his bag.
Concerned members of the public dialled 999 after spotting the suspicious wires as the man got on a tram in an unspecified part of the Fairfield ward on Friday afternoon.
However, officers realised it was a false alarm when they found a stereo in the man’s bag.”
- And just this very month, in October, a German man in his 20’s was detained at an airport when authorities believed he had explosives in his luggage, which turned out to only be food.
Are jihadi threats against the public real? Does the public exhibit xenophobia or are they just concerned they could have their throat slashed by someone shouting “Allahu Akbar”?
In June of this year, “[a] pro-ISIS news agency” told its followers to “stay away from the ‘gathering places of the Crusaders’” — an obvious reference to public places, such as malls, where Western materialism is on full display — and warned that “thousands of lonely lions’ are prepared to slaughter civilians at any time.”
Three months before this advice was dispensed, Germany’s interior minister confirmed that a threatened attack against a mall in Essen was linked to the Islamic State group. Apparently, the threats are real.
On June 22, the Daily Mail Online reported that a Gallup poll showed that “[m]ore US adults are scared to venture into large crowds in case of a terrorist attack than at any time since right after September 11 … 38 percent of Americans are less willing to attend events that have large crowds. This is up from 27 percent in July 2011, the last time Gallup asked the question…”
Nesrine Malik, The Guardian, October 9, 2017.
When a car mounted the pavement outside the Natural History Museum on Saturday, a nation collectively held its breath. A succession of terrorist attacks meant that we all, understandably, feared the worst. We awaited confirmation. But not all of us.
Within minutes the ghouls had gathered; it is their way after all. Like perverse emergency crews whose job is to pour petrol on to flames rather than put them out, they responded, sliding into their vehicles and hitting their sirens.
London was under attack. Katie Hopkins tweeted several times. “Utter bastard” was her opening salvo. Her hysteria rose with every tweet. She told tourists not to come to London because it was “not worth the risk”, and when the media coverage would not and could not sustain the notion that this was an Islamist terrorist attack, she resorted to conspiracy theorising, asking: “What news do you choose?”
Nigel Farage also clocked in. He appeared on Fox News, the rightwing American channel for which he is a designated “contributor”, saying that police officers were “clearly not only treating this as a terrorist incident, but it looks to me like they expect there could be more”. He later posted a clip of the interview, with the caption: “We have 3,000 terrorists living in the UK and 23,000 people known to security services who could do us harm.”
Katie Hopkins’ ‘hysteria rose with every tweet’.
Tommy Robinson, co-founder of the English Defence League, appeared on the scene with a camera crew in tow, pronouncing it a terror attack. This circling over the scene of an incident, hoping to pick at a carcass or two, is nothing new. But every incident brings into clearer relief the sense that now there exists an organised fear-mongering class that is, whether it knows it or not, doing the terrorists’ work for them.
There are now two camps who give the impression that terror attacks, while bad for people, can be good for business politically and in terms of profile: far-right activists and professional trolls, and the terrorists themselves. That’s a conclusion easily reached when the likes of Hopkins suggest terrorist responsibility for incidents that aren’t terrorist attacks at all. With this sort of eagerness and alacrity, the actual terrorists can put their feet up. Their work has been outsourced to the likes of Hopkins, Farage and Robinson….