Many of you will now be aware of an Islamist-inspired terrorist attack in the South London District of Streatham.
This is an area I know very well. It has no ‘significant targets’, and is a long way from any iconic tourist sites, or ‘important buildings’.
Yet it was the destination of choice for a young British Muslim who presumably wanted to ‘Die by Police’, in a rather pathetic attempt at immortalising himself through his religion and his actions.
Fortunately, both his victims are alive, and not seriously injured. That doesn’t mean that the scars and psychological affects of the incident will not continue to affect their lives though.
When the BBC News ‘calmed down’, it was soon reported that plainclothes police officers from the Anti-Terrorist Branch had shot and killed this man within two minutes of the first victim being stabbed. Video evidence clearly shows at least three such officers, one on a motorcycle, ‘dealing’ with the perpetrator at the scene.
More reports today revealed his name, and the fact that he had just been released from prison after serving less than half his sentence for ‘Terrorism Offences’. No doubt his history was serious enough that he was being followed by specialist officers, with close surveillance of his movements. Looking away from the brave actions of those police officers who stepped forward to shoot this man dead, despite him apparently wearing an explosive ‘suicide vest’, we have to ask why he was released in the first place.
He was released under the usual terms of British Law. Having served a large part of his sentence, he was ‘eligible’ for parole.
Sad to say, this law should no longer apply to convicted terrorist subjects who have been imprisoned for plotting such crimes. We saw what happened at London Bridge, and now in Streatham High Road. If those people want to put themselves above the law, purely in the name of their religion, then that law needs to change, where it relates to them.
They should have to serve ALL of their sentence, and not be released until we can be sure they no longer pose a threat to innocent people going about their daily business.