Sadiq Khan (Mayor Of London), Evening Standard: This sickening act has nothing to do with the Islam I know
To murder innocent people, especially during Ramadan, is a rejection of the true values of my religion
As the Mayor of London, it’s difficult to adequately describe the grief and anger that we Londoners are feeling following the attack on our city on Saturday evening. Three sick and twisted individuals indiscriminately murdered innocent people as they enjoyed a night out in the heart of our great capital.
The emergency services, as they always do, responded heroically and I thank them all on behalf of our city. The first armed police were on the scene within minutes and bravely brought the terrible attack to an end swiftly after their arrival. Some suffered injuries in the line of duty. The London Ambulance Service and NHS staff worked throughout the night to treat the injured. And once again, brave bystanders confronted the terrorists and helped the victims.
It’s still early days but our police and security services are doing everything in their power to investigate this attack. They are also working to prevent an incident such as this happening again. The national security level remains at severe — meaning an attack on us is highly likely. I am in constant contact with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and other senior officers and attended the Government’s emergency Cobra security meetings yesterday and today.
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WNU Editor: I have been following Sadiq Khan since his election as mayor of London. In context of what he has said in the past .... and what he even says in the above post .... I still do not get the sense that he truly understands that Islam has a violent radicalism problem. He says that this attack is a rejection of the true values of his religion .... OK .... but it is these same values (minus the violence) that these attackers embrace. Afterall .... Sadiq Khan and these attackers read the same Holy Book .... they all want to go to Mecca at least once in their life .... and they pray according to the customs and traditions of all Muslims. This is a debate that I am first to admit that I am completely unqualified to start. It is something that Muslims themselves (like Sadiq Khan) must initiate and discuss. The problem that I have is that I am seeing some discussion here and there .... but no big debate. No pointing fingers. No overwhelming and massive condemnation throughout the Muslim world on what is right and wrong. Just the usual commentary from hundreds if not thousands of sources .... saying it is not part of their religion .... condemn the act .... and let us all move on. IMHO .... it is not enough.
Update: I really really really hate reading stories like this one because it raises doubts (for me) on how strong is the Muslim backlash against these attacks .... and more importantly .... the role of our media in narrating a message .... SHOCK VIDEO: CNN Creates #FakeNews in London Following Terror Attacks, Stages Anti-ISIS Muslim Protesters (Gateway Pundit).
Update #2: CNN is denying reports that they staged an anti-ISIS Muslim protest .... CNN reporter is caught up in 'fake news' row after being accused of 'setting up' a Muslim counter-terror protest (Daily Mail). I saw the video .... it certainly looks staged.