Drummer Lee Rigby, 25 years old, was walking down a street in South London, heading back to his barracks, when the two men drove a car into him. Drummer Rigby, who had done tours of duty in Afghanistan, was pinned down by the two men. They then attempted to decapitate and disembowel him with knives and a meat cleaver. Passing members of the public looked on in horror.
While they were decapitating Drummer Rigby they men shouted "Allahu Akhbar" ["Allah is Greater" -- than whom is left implied]. Both men were Muslims of African extraction. Both had been living in Britain. Both were affiliated with a group that many of us have warned about for years – Anjem Choudary's group Al-Muhajiroun. So much in this attack was predictable. It fitted a pattern of radicalization and opportunism that we have seen, and some of us have foreseen, for years. Yet so much about it appears to be unsayable in Britain.
Anyone who can manage to watch the press conference with the Rigby family that took place on Friday will know there are many things very wrong in this proceeding. The act itself has stunned an entire nation. But the response of our political and commentator class has been lacking at precisely the moment they have been most needed.