This is an expression of solidarity with the people of Manchester, who have been left reeling by the suicide attacks in Manchester Arena. Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) explicitly condemns terrorism in all of its forms, with a special antagonism reserved for the evils of Islamic terror.
The Manchester attacks have left twenty-two people dead, with many more in critical condition. These were innocent concert goers, comprised of young women, children, and their parents. It takes dogma to see children as legitimate targets for brutality – in this case, the dogma of Wahhabi-Salafism, which dehumanises non-Muslims to justify their casual extermination.
We believe that the best way to respond to this atrocity is not by giving in to fear, but by affirming the universality of Enlightenment values, for it is these values which Wahhabi-Salafi extremists seek to undermine. That most Britons support democracy, free speech, secularism and gender equality is enough for these animals to seek blood: for they already believe that non-Muslims, by not accepting Islam as the one true faith, exist in a state of rebellion to God’s will. This is a millennial tradition of Islamic imperialism, expressed most candidly by Anjem Choudary of ‘Muslims Against Crusaders’:
Look, at the end of the day, innocent people – when we say ‘innocent people’ we mean Muslims. As far as non-Muslims are concerned, they have not accepted Islam and as far as we are concerned that is a crime against God. (BBC Hardtalk, August 8th 2005)
In their good nature, many Westerners will conclude that the attacks must be due to something they did, e.g. the intervention in Syria. They thus project their decency onto these Wahhabi-Salafi monsters, who couldn’t give a toss about innocent Muslims being killed, but are incensed about the impending defeat of their apocalyptic death cult. Indeed, if these people really cared about the welfare of Muslims in Syria, then they would be taking up arms against ISIS, who have been purging moderate Sunnis and Shi’a Muslims for years now. Their concerns are sectarian in nature, not humanitarian.
Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) extends it heartfelt support to the victims’ families. We recognise Salman Abedi for what he was: a resentful fanatic, whose devotion to Wahhabi-Salafism was about shirking responsibility for one’s own failures. We vow to combat any manifestation of this juvenile barbarism on the ground, to preclude a repeat of these events on Irish soil. We give no quarter to these savage beasts, who would sooner destroy the earth than make a positive contribution to it.
This is whom the likes of ISIS see as valid targets: young women attending a concert by Ariana Grande. Anyone who makes excuses for these murderers is an enemy of humanity, wherever they fall on the political spectrum.