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We Hardly Knew Ye

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Peter has been doc­u­ment­ing the mind-​boggling Rother­ham scan­dal and its very exis­tence is merely a sin­gle death rat­tle for the United King­dom as we knew it. There are many other signs of rigor mor­tis, how­ever. They might as well say the Sha­hada in Parliament.

There’s this:

There are now more than twice as many British Mus­lims fight­ing for Islamic State than there are serv­ing in the British armed forces, accord­ing to a British Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP).

Khalid Mah­mood, the MP for Perry Barr in Birm­ing­ham, esti­mates that at least 1,500 young British Mus­lims have been recruited by extrem­ists fight­ing in Iraq and Syria in the last three years.

Mah­mood told Newsweek that this fig­ure had been build­ing since the start of the Syr­ian con­flict: “If you look across the whole of the coun­try, and the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties involved, 500 going over each year would be a con­ser­v­a­tive estimate.”

Accord­ing to the Min­istry of Defence, there are only around 600 British Mus­lims cur­rently serv­ing in the Armed Forces, mak­ing up approx­i­mately around 0.4% of total per­son­nel. 4.3% of the British pop­u­la­tion are Muslim.

There’s this:

Pro­test­ers filmed them­selves block­ing a Lon­don road with dozens of parked cars as they called for Israel to relin­quish its grip on Gaza amid con­cerns the com­mu­nity is becom­ing ‘radicalised’

Dri­vers parked their cars, honked their horns and shouted ‘free free Pales­tine’, bring­ing the major com­muter route in east Lon­don to a standstill. […]

The demon­stra­tion took place on July 20 in the Black­wall tun­nel which con­nects Green­wich in south Lon­don with Tower Ham­lets, an east Lon­don bor­ough with a large Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion, police confirmed.

The footage of parked cars cov­ered in Pales­tin­ian flags and the word ‘Gaza’ emerged on YouTube early this week and has been shared on Face­book more than 6,000 times.

It is unclear how long the tun­nel remained blocked dur­ing the incident.

It came just days before Tower Hamlets’s Mus­lim mayor sparked out­rage by rais­ing the Pales­tin­ian flag out­side the town hall.

And this, regard­ing Rother­ham; it is the most telling sign – and the most dis­gust­ing one – that it’s over, over there.

The dads had attempted to remove their daugh­ters from houses where abuse was tak­ing place, but they were the ones who were then arrested by police.

Prof Jay’s inquiry said police often treated vic­tims with ‘con­tempt’, fre­quently arrest­ing them while tak­ing no action against those com­mit­ting offences.

Her report said: “In two of the cases, fathers tracked down their daugh­ters and tried to remove them from houses where they were being abused, only to be arrested them­selves when police were called to the scene.

In a small num­ber of cases, the vic­tims them­selves were arrested for offences such as breach of the peace or being drunk and dis­or­derly, with no action taken against the per­pe­tra­tors of rape and sex­ual assault.

Why haven’t such things hap­pened here? You know why. But the zone is being flooded and our lead­er­ship is being tested…and found want­ing. But I have more faith in the Amer­i­can people.

Rest in Peace, UK…and James Foley and Steven Sot­loff.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!baldilocks

13900908195843375_PhotoLby baldilocks

Peter has been documenting the mind-boggling Rotherham scandal and its very existence is merely a single death rattle for the United Kingdom as we knew it. There are many other signs of rigor mortis, however. They might as well say the Shahada in Parliament.

There’s this:

There are now more than twice as many British Muslims fighting for Islamic State than there are serving in the British armed forces, according to a British Member of Parliament (MP).

Khalid Mahmood, the MP for Perry Barr in Birmingham, estimates that at least 1,500 young British Muslims have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria in the last three years.

Mahmood told Newsweek that this figure had been building since the start of the Syrian conflict: “If you look across the whole of the country, and the various communities involved, 500 going over each year would be a conservative estimate.”

According to the Ministry of Defence, there are only around 600 British Muslims currently serving in the Armed Forces, making up approximately around 0.4% of total personnel. 4.3% of the British population are Muslim.

There’s this:

Protesters filmed themselves blocking a London road with dozens of parked cars as they called for Israel to relinquish its grip on Gaza amid concerns the community is becoming ‘radicalised’

Drivers parked their cars, honked their horns and shouted ‘free free Palestine’, bringing the major commuter route in east London to a standstill. […]

The demonstration took place on July 20 in the Blackwall tunnel which connects Greenwich in south London with Tower Hamlets, an east London borough with a large Muslim population, police confirmed.

The footage of parked cars covered in Palestinian flags and the word ‘Gaza’ emerged on YouTube early this week and has been shared on Facebook more than 6,000 times.

It is unclear how long the tunnel remained blocked during the incident.

It came just days before Tower Hamlets’s Muslim mayor sparked outrage by raising the Palestinian flag outside the town hall.

And this, regarding Rotherham; it is the most telling sign–and the most disgusting one–that it’s over, over there.

The dads had attempted to remove their daughters from houses where abuse was taking place, but they were the ones who were then arrested by police.

Prof Jay’s inquiry said police often treated victims with ‘contempt’, frequently arresting them while taking no action against those committing offences.

Her report said: “In two of the cases, fathers tracked down their daughters and tried to remove them from houses where they were being abused, only to be arrested themselves when police were called to the scene.

“In a small number of cases, the victims themselves were arrested for offences such as breach of the peace or being drunk and disorderly, with no action taken against the perpetrators of rape and sexual assault.

Why haven’t such things happened here? You know why. But the zone is being flooded and our leadership is being tested…and found wanting. But I have more faith in the American people.

Rest in Peace, UK…and James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!baldilocks