Some well-known Americans have supported the EDL in the past. Radio talk show host Michael Savage, Christian Broadcasting Network’s Erick Stakelbeck and Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a Tea Party activist, have all expressed support.
The recently thwarted terrorist attack on the EDL, if executed successfully, would have been unlike any attack Great Britain has experienced. The fact that most, if not all, victims would have been white and non-Muslim is one difference. The Islamic terrorists in previous attacks on British soil, like the London metro suicide bombings, were not so discriminating. Minorities and Muslims were among the dead.
But attacking, and most likely killing, EDL members would almost certainly have elicited a violent response from the EDL as well as swollen its ranks with new members ready to take revenge. Long-repressed tensions between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities would explode, and British society may then be engulfed in a spiral of violence that would rival, or perhaps even exceed, the violence in the French banlieus in 2005. In France, in the year after the riots, author Raphael Israeli wrote: “Nearly 3,000 police officers were injured in clashes…particularly in clashes around Paris. Some police talked of open war with youths who are bent on more than vandalism.
“The thing that has changed over the past month is that they now want to kill us,” said a police union official that Israeli quotes in his book The Spread of Islamikaze Terrorism in Europe.
Such civil strife and hatred is not such a far-fetched scenario for Great Britain. Four thousand British Muslims are known to have received military training in Islamist camps in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region, while British Muslims were also recruited to fight Western forces in Iraq. They also most likely trained other Islamists upon their return home. In her book Londonistan, authoress Melanie Phillips mentions a newspaper report, which stated that “every year two thousand British Muslims were attending clandestine training camps around Britain to learn about holy war.” These camps were organized by al-Muhajiroun, the same group that demonstrates against returning British soldiers. The Islamists seem to be prepared.
“Young teenagers (in Britain), some still at school, are being groomed to be suicide bombers,” writes Israeli, adding to the horror.
But Phillips gives us a clue why the EDL will respond in kind if attacked. A nation, she writes, “can fight to defend itself if it knows what it is fighting for, if it is secure in its own identity and values.” Unlike much of Britain’s leadership, which has become decadent because of its policies of appeasement and multiculturalism, the EDL, despite its faults, knows its values and identity, and, most importantly, who their enemy is.
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