Almost one week ago, on Wednesday March 22nd, a British Muslim convert named Khalid Masood raced a rented vehicle at speeds up to 76 miles per hour while zigzagging on Westminster Bridge to hit as many pedestrians as possible before ramming the SUV into the perimeter fence of the British Parliament grounds, jumping out with two knives and running onto Parliament property where he fatally stabbed one police officer before being himself fatally shot by another police officer. In 82 short seconds, he had killed four innocent people and wounded more than fifty.
Khalid Masood was born to a single mom on December 25, 1964 given the name Adrian Elms. Two years later, his mother married a Nigerian man and gave Adrian her husband’s last name Ajao. The boy grew up under auspicious circumstances, in suburban Tunbridge Wells of Kent, England, where he graduated from Huntleys secondary school at age 16. Though his mom went to church on occasion, apparently that never appealed to young Adrian, who after graduation turned to a life of criminal violence, fueled in large part by heavy drugs. He was convicted of multiple offenses over the years — public disorder, assault, grievous bodily harm, possession of dangerous weapons. The last conviction, resulting in a 6 month prison sentence in 2003, led to his conversion to Islam. Upon release, he married a Muslim woman and changed his name to Khalid Masood, and began to practice Islam in earnest. Between 2004 and 2009 he traveled to Saudi Arabia and served as an English teacher, immersed in Wahhabi Islam. Upon his return to England, he continued his life as a practicing Muslim. One friend assessed him as “…a very religious, well spoken man. You couldn’t go to his home in Birmingham on Friday because he would be at prayer.” In his pre-Muslim days he had fathered two daughters; now as a Muslim he tried to convince them to convert to Islam and wear the hijab. With one he was successful. His circle of friends included a number of radicals interested in joining ISIS or other overseas terrorist groups.
All this background material in order to say: Khalid Masood fits the profile of a devout Muslim seeking to follow the commands of the Qur’an, including 9:111 —
“Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed….So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted.”
Masood apparently thought that last Wednesday was the right time to put Allah’s promise to the test. He fulfilled his part of the contract by killing and being killed in the cause of Allah (i.e., in the life and death battle against infidels). Unfortunately, he has since discovered that Allah has no ability to keep his part of the contract.
How has British leadership handled this attack? Like proverbial ostriches.
In truly struthious fashion (struthio is the vulgar Latin word for ostrich), they have hidden their eyes from the truth, casting about for any explanation other than Islamically-inspired terror:
Prime Minister Theresa May in her first public statement after the attack said that this latest atrocity carried out by a Muslim was not “…Islamic terrorism. It is Islamist terrorism. It is a perversion of a great faith….And we will all move forward together. Never giving in to terror. And never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”
Unfortunately, she failed to note which voices of hate and evil had filled Masood’s mind and heart, and how to counter them. It also remains a mystery how she can discern so easily between “true Islam” and the perversion of “Islamism” when hundreds of millions of practicing Muslims apparently cannot.
Another British politician, the Muslim Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, joined the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 last Sunday in order to castigate the government for focusing almost exclusively on Islam as a threat. In a deft sleight-of-hand manuever, she declared, “This is a man who was born in a Christian home….He then got involved in criminality and didn’t convert to Islam until later on in life. So he was a violent Christian long before he was a violent Muslim.” Unfortunately, the talk show host never asked her what evidence there was to suggest Masood had ever converted to Christianity, nor how a disciple of Jesus Christ could justify a life of drugs, crime and violence. On the other hand, we have reams of evidence that Islam promotes hatred and violence against those stand in the way of the advance of Islam toward world conquest.
Lastly, in what seems like a desperate bid to turn the public’s attention away from core Islamic belief and practice as the trigger for Masood’s terrorism, George Eaton, the political editor for the liberal British magazine The New Statesman, tweeted the following:
The wonderful thing about Masood’s religiously inspired depravity is that it demonstrated London’s magnificent cultural diversity among the many injured and killed, and after all that’s what’s most important isn’t it? Let’s gaze adoringly at the silver lining that promotes our cultural priorities, and forget about the massing dark clouds which threaten to unleash such a storm as to destroy our culture and its priorities.
Talk about strouthian! It would be hard to bury one’s head any further in the sand. And yet, these British political and thought leaders represent the mainstream view not only of British intelligentsia, but of continental Europe as well. Unfortunately, this willful blindness is infecting American perspectives as well, and unless we wake up, we will soon be where Europe finds itself today in the struggle against Islamic imperialism.
Let’s throw out the ostrich and return to the keen-eyed bald eagle….