It began on Tuesday in Woolwich, London, when two young men in a car deliberately ran over an off-duty British soldier who was walking to a nearby military installation, then "hacked and chopped" at his body and attempted to decapitate him as they shouted "Allah akbar!" They forced witnesses to film the scene, saying: "We swear by Almightly Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day." When police arrived, the murderers "charged at them wielding firearms, knives and a machete." They were apprehended alive, and are now in hospital. It has since emerged that one of them, a son of Nigerian immigrants, was born in Britain as Michael Olumide Adebolajo, converted to Islam in 2003, changed his name to Mujaahid (i.e., jihadist), and for several years attended meetings of the group Al-Muhajiroun, founded by terrorist preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed. Late Thursday afternoon, U.K. time, the murdered soldier was identified as 25-year-old Lee Rigby, a drummer in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the father of a two-year-old son.
Just like this week's nightly riots by "youths" in Stockholm, the brutal slaughter in Woolwich was plainly a jihadist act. Yet just as the Swedish elites are continuing to dance around that uncomfortable core truth, their British counterparts are engaged in some fancy footwork of their own – led by Prime Minister David Cameron, who described Tuesday's atrocity as "not just an attack on Britain and on the British way of life" but "also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country." (Does it need to be said that for a British leader to haul out this ragged, repulsive lie in the year 2013 is itself a betrayal – a shameless, craven betrayal of precisely what Cameron pretends to be standing up for, namely "Britain and…the British way of life"?)