Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Yesterday in the heart of London, there was (another) terrorist attack. To the broader Mainstream, it was perpetrated by a terrorist who has nothing to do with Islam. To the Counter-Jihad Mainstream, it was perpetrated by a "jihadist" who is somehow meaningfully distinct from all other non-"jihadist" Muslims.
The anti-Islam website & news journal headquartered in Paris, Riposte Laique (and, unlike Robert Spencer, they actually are anti-Islam), has a synopsis that usefully puts this into perspective:
“Since the attack, British Parliament has been totally shut down, and deputies and journalists who happened to be inside Parliament buildings were placed under maximum security and forbidden to leave the buildings for their own protection. Parliament is being prepared to be thoroughly searched for bombs. The entire center of London is blockaded; authorities have evacuated civilians from there and have prevented anyone else from entering. Helicopters are circling Parliament as well as 10 Downing Street.
“At the beginning of March, Scotland Yard announced that British security services have foiled 13 terror plots since June of 2013 in the United Kingdom. Since August of 2014, the threat level has remained at ‘grave’, the 4th of a scale of 5 [5 being the worst]. Following the Muslim attacks in France of November 13, 2015, British police announced the deployment of 600 additional armed police in London, bringing their numbers to 2,800.”