Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hit and Run in Birmingham

There have been remarkably few deaths in the past four days of violent riots in England. Three of them were young men were killed in a hit-and-run incident in Birmingham, run down by a vehicle — presumably driven by one of the rioters — that drove into a crowd. The three victims were part of a group of local Pakistanis who were trying to protect their neighborhood businesses and a mosque.

Below is the account given by the father one of the young men who was killed. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:


Mercury said...

Crazy how the people who are worst affected are not "the rich", not "the government", not "racist people", but poor to lower middle class folk who are largely of immigrant background themselves - people who work hard, own shops, work their butts off in other people's shops, etc.

No one will ever know the damage in terms of people's livelihoods. This poor father, though ...

None said...

Hmm...the road was covered in bricks and rocks that had been thrown, and the Muslims were standing, blocking the streets. Innocent Muslims? I dont think so. They were out there blocking roads throwing bricks at cars!

Clamdigger said...

Truth is always the first casualty of war, but this father's words sound right to me... and so I would be proud to stand next to him in defense of his - or anyone's - community... in the face of mindless, evil and criminal thuggery.

We in the 'counter-jihad' need to be mindful of the fact that, while Islam and its 'sharia' traditions do indeed contain totalitarian ideas and attitudes which must be rejected in order to preserve our own heritage of constitutional 'Government of the People' and equality before our imperfect but improving man-made laws, not all 'Asian' or Muslim immigrants are necessarily our enemies.

I do not wish to turn my back on the few - or many? - immigrants from Muslim lands who seek peace and prosperity through Western modes of life and embrace Western governance, nor do I wish to allow my own animosity and rage towards the 'terrorists' amongst us to cloud my ethics and judgement to the point that I begin to lump individuals into stereotypical groups, regardless of their individual actions and merits.

Yes, I know all about 'taqiyya'; it is a reality and a threat. But I also know that the great goal of evil is to rend communities into mutually and mindlessly antagonistic tribes, forever at each other's throats. This man's family appear to work and contribute, rather than tear apart and pollute. In such circumstances, they are my family as well.