Today is the anniversary of the 2001 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States which later prompted the tragic military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Today in Afghanistan the Taliban is on the verge of retaking state power whilst Saddam’s WMDS and Iraqi state links to Al-Qaida proved chimerical. Those US/UK-led entanglements resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths in those respective nations, while across the wider world Islamist terrorists used those ill-fated Western military interventions (compounded by a later NATO-led intervention in Libya) to spread their message of holy war and insurrection against a new Christian Crusader imperialism.
Having said that, only those nations with a significant resident Muslim population or those which recently allowed indiscriminate mass immigration from Muslim-majority countries have experienced such terrorist attacks.
As a result, and until those resident Muslim populations are reduced or their influx radically curbed, the threat from militant Islam remains a clear and present danger.
Speaking in Israel of all places, Neil Basu, the mixed race Indian London-based policeman who is currently in charge of UK counter-terrorism, said that twenty two terror plots had been foiled by the security services in the UK since the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017.
He claimed that seven of the plots were linked to so-called ‘far-right’ extremism and the government recently banned a youth group for ‘terrorism’ even though none of its members had committed any terrorist attacks.
In fact, in order to build the narrative of a widespread and growing UK ‘far-right’ terror threat the authorities are keen to label any racial attack, particularly those carried out by individual native white people, as a ‘terrorist attack’.
Following on from a previous meeting in London with the pro-Zionist Community Security Trust, Basu was speaking in Israel to defend the Prevent counter-terrorism programme, which calls on education, health and social care workers to report ant signs of ‘extremism’ even though it has led to some strange referrals recently.
The programme has been criticised as government spying, but Basu said no one “has had a better idea.”
In Northern Ireland, the situation is complicated because the authorities released all of the convicted terrorists (both Irish Republican and British Loyalist) under the 1999 Good Friday ‘ceasefire’ agreement.
Recently, the government appointed the Jewish lawyer and former Lib Dem politician, Lord Carlile, to review the Prevent programme and consider whether it should be abolished or not.
Given Assistant Commissioner Basu’s recent appearance in Israel ( a contemporary nation state in the Middle East founded by modern-day terrorist methods carried out by Jewish settlers to the previous territory) we should also remember previous terrorist attacks which many involved in the current controversy over what defines genuine terrorism might want to consign to the proverbial ‘memory hole’.