In this episode Barry explains what happened in Manchester and what should governments do in response?
Welcome to this segment of Because You Asked, I’m Barry Nussbaum.
A terror suicide bombing killed at least 22 people on Monday night and wounded over 100 others at an Ariana Grande concert in England that was filled with adoring adolescent fans. Panic and mayhem seized the crowd at the Manchester arena, the largest in Europe. The blast reverberated through the building just as the show was ending and pink balloons were dropping from the rafters in Ariana’s big finale. Traumatized concertgoers, including children separated from parents, screamed and fled what is the deadliest episode of terrorism in Britain since the 2005 London transit bombings.
Today on because you asked, we will answer the question, what do we know about the bomber and what steps should be taken based on what we know?
To begin, the name of the Manchester, UK terror murderer is now known. He is a 23-year-old Libyan/Englishman named Salman Abedi. British authorities are apparently familiar with him based on past intelligence. Abedi, is thought to have returned from Libya as recently as this week. Abedi was born in Manchester and grew up in tight-knit Libyan community. He had become radicalized recently – it is not entirely clear when – and had worshiped at a local mosque that has, in the past, been accused of fund-raising for jihadists.
Abedi’s older brother Ismail had been a tutor at Didsbury Mosque’s Koran School. The imam said that Salman Abedi, who wore Islamic dress, had shown him “the face of hate” when he gave a talk warning on the dangers of so-called Islamic state. But that imam did nothing about it! What a surprise.
Born in 1994, the second youngest of four children, Abedi’s parents were Libyan refugees who fled to the UK to escape Gaddafi. The father of the Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi, has been arrested in Tripoli, Libya. The bomber’s older and younger brother were also arrested.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.
“One of the soldiers of the caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the crusaders in the city of Manchester,” the terror group said in a statement published on its social media channels. The claim came after ISIS celebrated the atrocity at Monday’s packed Ariana grandee performance at Manchester arena as a victory against the “crusaders” of the west. An English-speaking ISIS supporter appeared earlier in a video holding up a sign with the word “Manchester” and the date of the attack.
So that is what we know regarding what happened. We know who did it and why. The urgent question is, what should be learned from what happened?
There are a number of conclusions that should be drawn.
- Investigate, infiltrate and shut down when appropriate all mosques that teach hatred and radicalization. How is it possible that mosque after mosque are commonly known as radical led by imams that teach hatred of western values and western culture and western governments. Often this hatred leads to violence. And yet police are given the off-limits instructions throughout the west because it might infringe on freedom of religion?
- Call the enemy by name. Declare war on the enemy. Not like this statement from Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May who said: “we are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.” Where was a Donald Trump like statement declaring the perpetrators as the enemy of civilization and then following that up with a declaration of war on radical Islam within Britain? Donald Trump denounced the perpetrators behind the Manchester bombing as “evil losers” who preyed on “innocent children” and “must be driven out of our society forever.”
- Never ever accept terror as part of the new reality! Ever! The Muslim mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said after the jihad bombings in New York city in September 2016 that such attacks were “part and parcel of living in a big city” and that people would just have “to be prepared for these sorts of things” to happen. That is pure insanity! Politicians that think like this should be thrown out and replaced with people ready to lead a war to stamp out terror! In reality, no one in a big city or any city, should ever accept jihad terror massacres as “part and parcel” of living there.
- Change the insane immigration laws that seem to favor letting in everyone so that the west can claim to not discriminate. At the rate Europe is going, it will end up with its citizens living in paralyzing fear, afraid to leave home for fear of encountering terrorism. At least they will be happy at home knowing that their immigration policies were not discriminating!
- Every political speech after each incident must include identification of the enemy and re-dedication to the war to destroy this enemy. Manchester was “only the beginning,” said an Islamic state jihadi in a video released just after the massacre Monday night. Thus far in many places ISIS is the only combatant in full war mode! That must change!
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