The Manchester attacks have left twenty-two people dead, with many more in a critical condition. These were innocent concert-goers, comprised of young women, children, and their parents. It takes ideology to see children as legitimate targets for brutality – in this case, the ideology of Islamic supremacism, which dehumanises non-Muslims for their rejection of Islam, the final word from heaven. Indeed, for the jihadist, the fact that most Britons have not embraced Islam is sufficient as a death sentence. This is expressed 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.
In their good nature, many Westerners will conclude that the Manchester attacks must be the result of something they did, e.g. the intervention in Syria. They thus project their decency onto these jihadist delinquents, 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 Iraq or Syria, then they would be taking up arms against ISIS, whose victims have overwhelmingly been other Muslims. Their concerns are sectarian in nature, not humanitarian.
As the late Christopher Hitchens pointed out, jihadists hate Western civilisation not for what it does, but for what it represents. Acts of terror are an attack on the liberal values which form the basis of our prosperity – namely, secularism, rationalism, and gender equality. These values are completely at odds with Islam, which makes no distinction between church and state, is fundamentally hostile towards scientific inquiry, and regards women as the property of men. So long as the West remains true to the values of the Enlightenment – as it should – it will be at war with Islamic supremacism.
Alliance of Former Muslims extends it heartfelt support to the victims’ families. We recognise Salman Abedi for what he was: a resentful fanatic, whose actions betray a belief in the superiority of Islam and commensurate desire to restore it to its ‘rightful’ place over the kuffar West. To preclude a repeat of these events on Irish soil, we vow to expose those jihadist individuals and institutions known to be operating here, working with security authorities to further this end. We give no quarter to these savage beasts, who would sooner destroy the earth than make a positive contribution to it.
This is whom jihadists 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.