Meanwhile In The UK: Going About Our "Normal" Lives?

Authored by Douglas Murray via The Gatestone Institute,

  • One of the most striking images from the night of the London Borough Market terror attack was of drinkers being marched out of the Market under police escort with their hands on their heads. The British public at that point looked not like stoical, pugnacious heroes, but like a defeated army being marched into captivity.
  • Contrary to all our public statements, we have become terrorised, just as the terrorists want.
  • It is a glimpse into the soul of a city; and like all such ugly glimpses, we will turn away from looking at it, rather than considering it and wondering what it truly suggests.

Whenever Britain suffers a terrorist attack -- and it has suffered four Islamist attacks this year alone -- the British public responds the same way.

Twelve years ago, when four suicide bombers detonated homemade bombs on the London underground and on a red-top bus in central London, there was much talk of "Blitz spirit". After 7/7, the media erupted with boasts of wartime echoes. Some people who lived in London noticed a rather different atmosphere. Of course people "got on with their lives" (what else could they do?) but in the days and weeks after the attacks it was not really "business as usual". Especially not after another four suicide bombers went onto the tube a fortnight later, on July 21, and attempted to repeat the exercise. Fortunately, on that occasion the bombs failed to detonate. But during the period that ensued, it was certainly easier than usual to get a seat on the London Underground.

Of course, political leaders relish the opportunity to accentuate and exaggerate these echoes. If the British public are the citizens of London in the Blitz, then the politicians are Winston Churchill. After attacks like the 2013 daytime slaughter of Drummer Lee Rigby on the streets of London, then-Prime Minister David Cameron stressed from the steps of Downing Street that "One of the best ways of defeating terrorism is to go about our normal lives. And that is what we shall all do." These themes are thought to play deep to the spirit of the British people.

But the more this conspicuous, self-conscious egging-on of such attitudes is stressed, the thinner it seems to get. In March, after Khalid Masood ploughed a car across Westminster Bridge, mowing down locals and tourists, and crashed the car and stabbed policeman Keith Palmer to death inside the gates of the Palace of Westminster, one prominent British journalist took to the pages of the New York Times to pour out the clichés.

"By Thursday morning, London was, if not quite back to normal, then certainly back in business. As I traveled through the south of the city, up to Chelsea and later over to King's Cross, Londoners really were going about their lives as on any other day.

 

"This behavior reflects something deeper than conscious defiance, I think. It would simply not occur to the 8.6 million citizens of this megalopolis to allow one man to send them into hiding. As they say in the East End, you're having a laugh, aren't you?"

One wonders when the author last went into an East End pub to have a pint, and whether he honestly believes such honest cockneys still reside there? Nevertheless, he went to boast of the "stoicism" and "ancestral pride" that still exists there and to insist that, "The only way to proceed is -- in the much-loved British slogan -- to keep calm and carry on." Quite why this spirit is meant to reside in the bones of a city in which most of its current residents (according to the last census) have arrived in the decades since the Second World War is never clear.

Similar clichés spilled out after the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena in May. They came out yet again after the London Bridge attack in June. Yet one of the most striking images from that night was of drinkers in Borough Market, where the terrorists finished their assault, being marched out of the Market under police escort with their hands on their heads. The British public at that point, at any rate, looked not like stoical, pugnacious heroes, but like a defeated army being marched into captivity. Still the clichés continued. The day after the attack, in her address to the nation, Prime Minister Theresa May assured the public that "Our response must be as it has always been when we have been confronted by violence. We must come together, we must pull together."

One of the most striking images from the June 3, 2017 Borough Market terror attack was of drinkers being marched out of the Market under police escort with their hands on their heads. The British public at that point looked not like stoical, pugnacious heroes, but like a defeated army being marched into captivity. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

So it is interesting to consider, beneath all the talk of business as usual, and Blitz spirit, and keeping calm and carrying on, what, in fact, are the British public actually feeling? Last month provided a sobering demonstration.

Early in the evening on Friday, November 24 there were reports of shots having been fired at Oxford Circus station. A crowd stampede occurred, with people fleeing in terror down Oxford Street and other parts of one of London's busiest shopping areas. Terrified crowds barricaded themselves into local shops. A celebrity singer and television presenter called Olly Murs tweeted to his millions of followers that he was in Selfridges department store. "F**k everyone get out of Selfridges now gun shots!! I'm inside." That was his first unwise tweet, followed up shortly after with, "Really not sure what's happened! I'm in the back office... but people screaming and running towards exits!"

The police announced that they were responding to events as though they were a terrorist incident. Social media and some early national media reports said that not only gunshots had been heard but that a vehicle had ploughed into pedestrians on Oxford Street and that there were bodies and blood everywhere.

Within an hour, however, all this turned out to be nonsense. Not only had there been no vehicular attack -- there had been no gunmen. Reports that the incident may have been sparked by a gang fight rather than a terrorist attack were themselves later quashed. The next day two men who thought they might have been responsible for the panic voluntarily came into a police station and were released without charge. The only casualties from the incident were 16 people injured, one seriously, as a cause of the mass stampede out of Oxford Circus station and through the neighbouring area.

Incidents like this one in London last month easily flow by in the news cycle, and are easily forgotten. They will not be referred to in the speeches of any politician and they immediately fell away from even the "News in Brief" sections of the nation's media. But they are in fact extremely telling. They suggest that rather than being this persistently stoical, unbending and resilient people, the citizens of London have absorbed the lessons of the terror attacks of the last year and the terror attacks across Europe that have occurred in the years preceding them, in Paris and elsewhere. Contrary to all our public statements, we have become terrorised, just as the terrorists want. So much so that a minor altercation on an average evening can lead to a mass panic, a crowd stampede, and terrified public figures bleating to their followers about wholly imagined horrors. It is a glimpse into the soul of a city. And like all such ugly glimpses, we will turn away from looking at it, rather than consider it and wondering what it truly suggests.

Comments

Ghordius Gen. Ripper Wed, 12/27/2017 - 04:10 Permalink

that "Fuck the Brits" is a bit like that "Fuck the EU", or "Fuck Whatever"a way to say... nothing. kind of "I am proud of being a know-nothing hate-everything... fuck"what's your beef with the Brits? which Brits, anyway? are you so empty of anything that the only way you can express yourself is the equivalent of a lavatory graffiti?(it's Christmas Time, folks. try to to be merry, once in a year. otherwise, what's the point of your life?)

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Sirius Wonderblast Ghordius Wed, 12/27/2017 - 07:32 Permalink

Well put Ghordius, once again.When will commenters work out that most e around the world - Britain, US, EU, Chine, Russia, wherever, wake up in the morning wth the same set of objectives - to have food on the table and a roof over their heads, rinse and repeat? They are not the problem - do not get drawn into factions. Only power-hungry arses want factions and division. Don't buy the lies. I don't like the EU, because I see it as a vehicle for control, for rampant self enrichment and for abuse of power. That doesn't mean I don't actually like the French, Germans, Italians, Spanish etc - in the fair amount of time I have spent in continental Europe almost unfailingly I have liked those I have had the pleasure to meet. Comments like those from Gen.Ripper just expose their very limited experience and intellect.Merry Christmas!

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BorraChoom Wed, 12/27/2017 - 02:57 Permalink

U.S. woman stabbed 14 times by Muslim Somali migrant, media goes dark, 1 more for growing Big List of related crimes being swept under rugMorgan Evenson was walking home in downtown Minneapolis about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 when a black man got out of his car, chased her down, tackled and stabbed her repeatedly.The feisty 26-year-old frantically fought back, kicking, scratching and screaming for help.At some point, neighbors heard her screams and came to help. Her attacker – described as a Somali man in his early 20s, about 5-foot-7 with a slight build and wearing grey stone-washed jeans – ran away.Evenson was left bleeding on the curb with 14 stab wounds on her arms, neck and back. Her kidney was lacerated. She was lucky to survive the attack.The case of Morgan Evenson continues a pattern of Somali crimes being covered up, downplayed, lightly investigated and eventually falling off the radar in Minnesota. 

khnum I am Groot Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:19 Permalink

Dont worry were bristling with guns in pvc pipe in packing grease,how are they getting in- our politicians are more interested in cushy jobs after they retire from politics with the UN or zionist interests than this countries interests we do have a praetorian guard though and when the time comes they will act.

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BorraChoom khnum Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:25 Permalink

Hi, I'm Mohammed Noor, I'm a black Somalian Muslim "refugee" who was fast tracked through the Minneapolis police department on a diversity hire (praised by the Mayor himself). I shot and killed a unarmed Australian white woman who was wearing pajamas and the MSM stopped covering the incident the moment by identity was released. I refuse to give a statement and the Muslim-sympathizing prosecutor says he does not have enough evidence to charge me for killing that infidel. I will be hired in another town and will do it again and get off scot free again!  (Koran 9:5 “When opportunity arises, Kill the infidels wherever you catch them”)

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Cloud9.5 Tellthetruth Wed, 12/27/2017 - 08:04 Permalink

One of two things: You have not read your own book or you are a liar.  A simple google search produces the verse in an English translation.  “And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”  

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didthatreallyhappen Tellthetruth Wed, 12/27/2017 - 08:09 Permalink

Sahih International: And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.Pickthall: Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.Yusuf Ali: But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.Shakir: So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

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BorraChoom Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:02 Permalink

This is a staggering 'Farewell to England' list of Islamic 'accomplishments' that shows the insidiousness of Islam and how a nation can be betrayed by its leaders and subverted and taken over by a foreign invader without the use of war. Here's what has already happened to England within a few years of opening their borders without entry control:How the British have passively succumbed to the Muslim invasion:     Mayor of London ... MUSLIM          Mayor of Birmingham ... MUSLIM          Mayor of Leeds ... MUSLIM          Mayor of Blackburn ... MUSLIM          Mayor of Sheffield ... MUSLIM          Mayor of Oxford ... MUSLIM          Mayor of Luton ... MUSLIM          Mayor of Oldham ... MUSLIM          Mayor of Rochdale ... MUSLIMAll the following achieved by just 4 million Muslims out of the 66 million population:         Over 3,000 Muslim Mosques          Over 130 Muslim Sharia Courts          Over 50 Muslim Sharia Councils          Muslims Only No-Go Areas Across The UK          Muslim Women... 78% don't work and are on FREE benefits/housing          Muslim Men... 63% don't work and are on FREE benefits/housing          Muslim Families... 6-8 children planning to go on FREE benefits/housing and now all UK schools are ONLY serving HALAL MEAT!

I am Groot BorraChoom Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:19 Permalink

So long story short, this isn't terrorism. It's just ordinary "new muslim English citizens" creating chaos and havoc perfoming criminal acts. England has been invaded and is just about conquered. Well, the English are totaly and royally buggered with their current leadership. May is definitely no Churchill or Thatcher. She looks like she's lucky she can put her own knickers on without help from a nurse.

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Ghordius BorraChoom Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:51 Permalink

nice list full of... Junk News. the number of mosques in the UK... you just doubled themthe Mayor of Birmingham is Ms. Anne Underwood. Not a Muslim. the Mayor of Leeds is Ms. Jane Dowson. Not a Muslimwhile going through the list... here it is: Muslim Invasion: UK Overrun by Muslim Minority-Mostly Fiction!they have there your rant, copied and pasted in the exact form as you just brought it to us

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kellys_eye Ghordius Wed, 12/27/2017 - 04:27 Permalink

Mayors change - who was mayor in 2016?  Muhammad Afzal, that's who.  He 'stood down' after accusing the Prime Minister of making Islamophobic comments.  Number of Christian Churches in Saudi Arabia = ??  Sharia Law is even less welcome than European Law (although equally corrupt).  Do Muslim no-go zones exist or not?  If there is even ONE then it's wrong, illegal and certainly worth complaining about.  Sexual offenses by Muslims against white girls?  Let's just put that down to your 'cultural differences' and move on shall we?But since your beloved EU is as complicit as anyone in allowing, no, PROMOTING this Islamic invasion then no wonder you spring to its defence.You often make critical and accurate responses to criticism of the EU but your unfettered support (i.e. failure to condemn) this Muslim invasion that is clearly and provably destroying communities across Europe is reprehensible and you should be ashamed Ghordius - but since when has an EU-defender known the meaning of the word?

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Ghordius kellys_eye Wed, 12/27/2017 - 04:40 Permalink

so cute that you bring in the "beloved EU" in all european articles... even those where the EU is not even mentioned or relevant in itmy point is simple: that list is old. that list is wrong. that list is just being copied and pasted verbatim, and that since yearstry to make one point for debate, instead of hundreds that are so outlandish, so beyond the pale that they stop people to even point out the obviousor answer me a question: is truth... something you are even interested in? I doubt it------example: that "the EU..." and "...promoting Islamic invasion" is bogus. if it was not bogus, there would be Muslims in Poland, now. but there are noneother example: lately, you ranted about "the EU not democratic" (among something like a dozen other falsehoods)if it's not democratic, how do you explain the EU Parliament? featuring even Nigel Farage?and if you mean the sovereign countries, how do you explain any of the National Parliaments? which every and each country has? with several political parties there?you were ranting about Macron. well, wasn't he elected? just this year?my conclusion: you think in terms of Black Vs White. Two Sides Only. "Either You Are With Us Or Against Us". No need to see further then thatand so for you it's either Right (in your sense) or it's automatically Wrong. now how you even have a family life with that attitude is beyond me

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Ghordius Abaco Wed, 12/27/2017 - 09:53 Permalink

"the EU" is... drum rolls... attemptingspecifically, to get Poland to accept some refugees they previously - different government, note - said they would take upto which the current Polish Government is replying: nopenow... try this elsewhere, and see what happens. try that in China, or in the US, to say "nope" to "TPTB"yes, that "the EU" paired with "...promoting Islamic invasion" IS completely, utterly bogus

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I am Groot Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:08 Permalink

Let em try to bring that fucking mooslem sharia shit law here to the US. We'll roll your korans up, and shove them right up your goat humping pee holes.

Rock On Roger Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:19 Permalink

Ah yes, but have they figured out that they are, in fact, the terrorists? All of us pay taxes so our governments can sell weapons so we can be blown up. How fucked up is that?

BorraChoom Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:22 Permalink

According to London’s Pakistani Muslim extremist mayor, Sadiq Khan, “diversity is our strength” and our colorful diversity walls (Allahu Akbarriers) all over England to protect our citizens from Islamic truck jihadists demonstrate how multiculturally enriched we really are now.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:37 Permalink

Prince Harry is marrying a US nigger. Nothing left to say about the UK. (I predict they will end up divorced since his mother and father set that precedent and he will be allowed out of this poor choice).

The U.K. will end up looking like Syria or Lebanon. Completely trashed.

Ragheads have only one goal, to conquer and dominate. I hope the Brits wake up and find their spines before it is too late.