I find that I am in a position that I was in before—see my post at https://joanenochthewriting.com/2017/02/02/trump/
I felt then that I couldn’t blog at all until I had said something about Trump.
Others has spoken but he had silenced me, in effect.
He made me afraid.
He had taken a stance of general non-negotiation.
I was stunned by his attitude.
The London atrocity of last Saturday night, following on so closely from the attack in Manchester just a few weeks ago—and there had been, last March, the attack at Westminster that I hadn’t mentioned—you—if you are me—note these things and think they are one-off—they won’t happen again. But…
Three attacks now.
According to one eyewitness account, a jihadist stabbed a woman repeatedly (was it at least ten times?), shouting that this was ‘for Allah’—while she screamed for help.
It is that reported image that stays with me—more than others.
The eyewitness tried, but he couldn’t get to the woman, though he helped whoever else he could.
Islamist extremists—a perverted form of Islam.
We must stand together as communities, Theresa May said—we must not let this break our democracy—our right to speech.
Feeling silenced—but that is the last thing you must be, they say.
There must be negotiation between groups—we need (I would say) an attempt at defining terms of debate.