Or so goes the ‘Chinese Curse’ which incidentally probably does not have a Chinese origin but is more likely to originate from the speeches of Joseph Chamberlain. The closest Chinese equivalent, “寧為太平犬，莫做亂離人” (nìng wéi tàipíng quǎn, mò zuò luàn lí rén), is usually translated as “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic (warring) period ” and originates from Volume 3 of the 1627 short story collection by Feng Menglong, Stories to Awaken the World.
And we are. Three terrorist attacks carried out by British Muslims or Muslims resident in Britain, in the space of less than three months: The Westminster Bridge killings carried out by Khalid Masood (previously Adrian Russell Ajao) born in Dartford in 1964. The Manchester Arena bombing carried out by Salman Abedi, born in Manchester in 1994 and, most recently, the London Bridge attacks carried out by three men. Khuram Butt, born in Pakistan but brought up in Barking, London, Youssef Zaghba, an Italian national who, thanks to the EU’s Freedom of Movement, was able to enter our country with impunity, and Rachid Redouane about whom even less information has been released but who has certainly been living in London and Dublin for some considerable time, even being married to an Irish woman, Charisee O’Leary, and having a child with her. Going back further, the London 7/7 bombers were all either British born or grew up here. Mohammad Siddique Khan was born in Leeds but grew up in Beeston and Dewsbury, Shehzad Tanweer was born in Bradford and grew up in Beeston, and Germaine Lindsay, was born abroad but moved to the United Kingdom aged 5 and grew up in West Yorkshire and Aylesbury whilst Hasib Hussain was born and grew up in Leeds.
And there’s a lot of hand-wringing going on about this. Promises of ‘tough action’ by somebody who, as Home Secretary, didn’t take any tough action previously and as of Friday morning, is even more discredited than before and in the words of one ex-Cabinet Minister, ‘a dead woman walking.’ More 11 am Minute Silences. More flowers, balloons and teddies. More analysis of ‘how could they do such a thing and what traumatic things happened in their past to make them so evil? More meaningless condemnations from the Muslim Council of Britain and pointless statements such as ‘these were not Muslims’ etc etc.
ISIS and their supporters right here in the UK are having a jolly good laugh at us especially with the latest news that the firearms officer/s who shot the knife-wielding murderers are (with wearisome predictability), already under suspension. (Nothing to worry about folks, just normal procedure, don’t you know.. Politically correct, innit…?)
Let’s be really clear here. Just to focus on the latest atrocity. Butt, Zaghba and Redouane, all beneficiaries of all of the benefits (including the financial ones. of course), of living in a free and liberal Western democracy deliberately ran over as many pedestrians as they possibly could before jumping out of the van and stabbing and slashing people to death with twelve-inch long knives. They and their like don’t care about your analysis, your flowers, balloons and your Minute Silences. They want to hurt you. They want to kill you, hopefully as painfully as possible. And they want to change your society from being a liberal, tolerant, multicultural (in the true sense of the word), westernised one, one where women are treated as equals to men and sexual choices are matter of individual choice to a medieval caliphate where women are only worth one half of a man and homosexuals are thrown off tall buildings.
Let’s turn this on its head. Let’s imagine that you have decided to emigrate to a new country. Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, Saudi Arabia. And when you get there, let’s imagine you say, “I don’t want to learn your language – I want everything translated into English for me. I want to be able to practice my own Christian religion in my own Christian Churches in your country. I want my children to grow up, not as Saudis but as members of a British Minority, with their own segregated schools and not having to learn Arabic. Of course, I want your benefits, housing etc but I don’t feel that I should have to work for them. I’d like the area around where I live to basically adopt my values. If my wife wants to sit outside our front door in her bikini then it should be her right to do that. If I want to sit with her drinking Tennents Extra then I should be allowed to do that. Really, what I need, is to have my own legal system to deal with me and my fellow Brits, because I don’t actually like yours that much.” How do you think that would work out? We all know the answer to that. You’d be lucky to get back out of there in one piece.
(To be continued tomorrow in Part 2)