We are fast approaching the 5th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the USA. This evening there was an extraordinary documentary on TV, following one particular group of firefighters in New York on that day; by chance a film crew were making a programme about firefighting, and they were with them all day, at the World Trade Centre, in the streets, and showed everything that happened, as it it happened. It was a truly gripping and horrific piece of TV, and even all this time after and knowing everything we know now, it was shocking. The absolute enormity and scale of what happened, and its unexpectedness, are what came through. It made me feel very strongly that we should never forget the terrible crime that was committed by the terrorists on that day, and we should not allow ourselves to be distracted by the millions of words and opinions that have poured out since from realising that nothing, nothing, could justify what happened. Whatever grievances the Muslim world has, or imagines it has, against the West, they could never make an act of wanton mass murder like that right, and the apologists, the appeasers and the political opportunists who have tried to muddy the waters in the last 5 years are so incredibly misguided, and those who go along with them have terribly short memories. I hope as many people as possible – Muslims in particular – will watch this and other anniversary programmes, and realise that the free world can never submit to this kind of fanaticism, or compromise in any way with it; the war on terror is necessary, and it will go on for years until we defeat the evil, hideous, hateful mentality that drives Islamist aggression. Yes – mistakes have been made, and maybe the long-term strategy needs to be thought out more clearly – but the principle of the thing is clear; an element of the Muslim world has declared war on us, and is carrying it out by all means possible. There is only one answer, and that is to resist, and to defeat the enemy. We have the physical means to do it, but the moral will and determination is in doubt. We must not let that continue. There are many things that can be, and are being, done, in the field of military action and intelligence, but most of all we must start encouraging – enforcing, if necessary – the cultural integration of Muslims in western societies and an end to ghettoism and so-called ‘multiculturalism’; the kind of apologetic cringing and appeasement that has been going on in Britain has got to stop. When I see a Muslim peace movement, and Muslims demonstrating in the streets against the terrorism being carried out in their name, instead of in sympathy with it, then I’ll feel we’re getting somewhere. In the meantime unfortunately the whole Muslim community, including the majority who are clearly not active terrorists or terrorist supporters, but who at the same time implicitly justify the acts of such, are under suspicion. Apologising every time we take action against them is a mistake – it’s seen as weakness and an invitation to demand further special rights; if it was time to get tough after September 11th or July 7th, it’s just as much time to be tough now. When will people finally realise that we are at war, in a war not of our choosing – and you win wars not by being polite and considerate, but by being ruthless.
Lest we forget