London Mayor Sadiq Khan suggested that President Trump’s planned state visit to Britain should be cancelled, telling Channel 4 News that the country should not be “rolling out the red carpet to the president of the U.S.A. in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for.” This was in response to the president’s tweet stating, “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed.’”
You “stand for” continuing to let your own citizens be butchered? I wouldn’t think they’d stand for that. In fact, “Khan man,” after the latest terror attack in your city, many more people can’t stand, period. Because they’re dead or maimed.
And you had the unmitigated gall to say there’s “no reason to be alarmed?” It doesn’t matter if you were referring to the attack itself, or specifically- and only- to the bolstered police presence, as you claim. Is not the bolstered police or military presence itself a sign of something about which to be alarmed? Or do you fancy becoming a police state for the hell of it? When London was being bombed during World War II, should its citizens have been utterly sanguine about armed men and military vehicles everywhere? Of course, this was absolutely necessary, but it would have been folly to claim there was “no reason to be alarmed.”
Referring to the relationship between the long-time allies, Khan said: “…it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. And there are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”
Thanks for clearing that up, Mayor. Apparently one of the things he’s still wrong about is the need to protect his own people. Trump, who upon hearing of the latest attacks on England, immediately sent his condolences and support to Britain and those directly affected by the heinous acts of terrorism, called Khan’s remark “pathetic.”
But what is truly pathetic is that the terrorists who committed the three most recent assaults on Britain were known to British authorities prior to the attacks. In each and every case, the authorities failed to take action that would have prevented the deaths of 34 innocents and the maiming of scores more.
Khalid Masood, who used a van and a knife in his attacks on the Westminster Bridge last March, had previously been convicted of a variety of charges. He had also been investigated by MI5 for suspected extremism, but the famous domestic security service apparently thought he wasn’t all that radicalized.
Salman Abedi, who blew himself- and others- up outside an Arianna Grande concert in Manchester a few weeks ago, was known by several folks to have extremist tendencies and terrorist leanings. This had been conveyed to authorities. MI5 is currently conducting a second review into how it missed the threat Abedi posed.
London Bridge terrorist Khuram Butt was also on police radar for links to Islamic extremism. He was openly supportive of ISIS, and had actually appeared in a 2016 British television documentary titled: “The Jihadis Next Door,” in which he can be seen praying near an ISIS flag and cavorting with a radical Muslim leader, an associate of jailed imam Anjem Choudary. This led Mark Steyn, recently appearing on Fox & Friends, to dub Choudary “an Emmy nominee for Best Jihadist in a British Documentary.”
Incredibly (I wish I had a stronger word), despite this, British police said he was not viewed as a serious threat before the London Bridge Massacre.
Moreover, Italian intelligence operatives told Politico Europe recently that Youssef Zaghba, another of the London terrorists, was detained while flying from Italy to Istanbul in March 2016, and was thought to be headed for ISIS-controlled territory in Syria. Zaghba was asked by authorities why he was flying to Turkey. He reportedly replied: “I’m going to be a terrorist.” The Italians said they warned Moroccan and British officials about Zaghba, yet British police issued a statement saying that Zaghba “was not a police or MI5 subject of interest.”
Apparently, he should have been.
To recap, even starring in a television documentary about local terrorists or proclaiming, “I’m going to be a terrorist,” isn’t enough to get the attention of the very authorities that are supposed to be protecting their citizens.
And “Mayor Khan artist” says there is “no reason to be alarmed?”
Chaka Khan would be a more effective leader.