a waste of two beautiful lives – London’s terrorist attack

I’m sitting here – furious and profoundly sad – while reading the article below about the violent stabbing death of a human being on London Bridge last week. Jack Merritt, was his name, and he succumbed to knife wounds following an attack by an Islamist terrorist.

Part of a gang of nine extremists who were sentenced in February 2012, the ‘jihadist’ had planned to establish a terrorist military training facility on land owned by his family in Pakistani Kashmir before returning to Britain and carrying out terrorist attacks. His jail sentence was supposed to be from 16 to 18 years. He was freed and out on the streets six years later in December 2018. WHY?

Our governments do not sufficiently protect us, but rather put us in danger by their leniency and inattention towards Islamist ideology and radicalization. And I’m sick and tired of hearing officials say “Our condolences, our thoughts and our deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families.” Not good enough. Here in France, 263 innocents have been brutally killed in Islamist attacks since 2012. And there will be more.

The second victim of the London Bridge attack was Saskia Jones, a former Cambridge University student from Stratford-upon-Avon. 23 years old, she had her whole life before her. What a waste. And for what?

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/01/london-bridge-attack-victim-jack-merritt-tributes

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/01/second-london-bridge-victim-cambridge-university-student