Just six days ago President Trump repudiated Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, telling her she should “focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom” instead of attacking him publicly for his choice of retweets.
At the time, the UK media breathlessly condemned President Trump, attempting to mislead the world as to the problem with Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom, once again trying to shift the focus onto a diminutive group by the name of Britain First.
The hysteria carried on for a few days unabated, with an emergency debate in Parliament, statements from the British Ambassador to the U.S., the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Mayor of London, the Home Secretary, and indeed the Prime Minister herself. Fast forward, just a little bit, to yesterday, and once again we’ve learned that President Trump’s instincts were correct.
It wasn’t two members of Britain First who were caught yesterday in the final steps of preparing an attack on 10 Downing Street — effectively an assassination attempt against Theresa May herself. It was two Muslim men. One by the name of Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, and the other, Mohammed Aqib Imran.
The news came just a few hours after the head of Britain’s security services — MI5 — told of how police have foiled nine terrorist plots since March this year. Andrew Parker also revealed that the Manchester Arena bombing — which left 22 dead and over 500 injured at an Ariana Grande concert — could have been averted.
The two men arrested are said to have had inert improvised explosive devices in their possession, and also a copy of a e-book entitled “How to Survive in the West: A Mujahid Guide”.
The document, published in 2015, effectively explains how Muslims in the West should adopt terrorist ideologies while trying to masquerade them from authorities. It advises young Muslim men to “hide [their] Islam” and for young women, says they should wear coloured hijabs instead of black ones, because black-clad hijabis are more likely to arouse suspicion.
It goes on and on with its recommendations, including how to browse the internet privately and how to keep money as well as containing combat advice and case studies of Islamic-inspired terror attacks in the West.
But instead of dissecting this for days, following a real and potent threat to the British government, the media has already moved onto warning over how President Trump’s latest decision — to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — could cause a new regional war.
Sky News pivoted to this on Wednesday, burying the bomb threat story, and effectively blaming “rich Jews” for the move. Diplomatic editor Dominic Waghorn wrote: “Trump has long championed the causes of those on the hard-right of Israeli politics. Not least because they have supported him. Take Las Vegas casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson – a passionate supporter of radical Jewish settler groups in Jerusalem”.
LBC’s James O’Brien, attempting to link the two, claimed President Trump wants more Islamic terrorism, and moving the embassy to its rightful place is his way of provoking it.
O’Brien, who like many anti-Brexit voices has delved into fully-fledged conspiracy theories, told his audience this week:
…Donald Trump who is of course one of the key architects of precisely the kind of white supremacy… his premiership, his presidency was essentially brought about by Breitbart, which is essentially funded by shady billionaires and promotes an extremely toxic message on both sides of the Atlantic, Steve Bannon being previously of course the editor-in-chief [sic]. So the people who seem to display a desire for more terrorism seem to also really like Donald Trump. And what could save Donald Trump apart from launching the war in North Korea would be to somehow cast himself as the saviour of the free world from the scourge of Islamist terrorism. But there needs to be more Islamist terrorism for him to do that. So very cautiously and and in genuine genuine expectation and hope of being completely wrong, that would be one explanation for why his chosen today to declare the formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
O’Brien’s thesis is (to use a word he loves) ESSENTIALLY that the only news outlet in the UK (Breitbart London) that takes Islamic extremism seriously and wishes to eradicate it so that more people don’t have to die at its feet secretly wants MORE Islamic inspired terrorism and moving the embassy is a way to bring that about.
Save his getting Steve Bannon’s job title incorrect (Executive Chairman, not Editor-in-Chief), he also seems to be admitting that Muslims in the West are so easily triggered into violence that they regard the shifting of a diplomatic mission several thousands of miles away as cause enough to start blowing people up. It’s a brave admission, but not one I think Mr. O’Brien really knew he was making.
It is incredible how the hysteria that gripped the British establishment for nearly a week over President Trump’s retweets can not only last longer than a genuine terrorist attempt on the life of the British Prime Minister, but also that in the end, the likes of James O’Brien can somehow turn this on POTUS, while even the most mainstream of outlets indulge in Jewish conspiracy theories on the matter of the recognition of a ally’s capital.
Raheem Kassam is the Editor in Chief of Breitbart London