“That’s why it’s so appalling to see so many liberals making excuses for bin Ladenism and Jihadism as if it was some kind of fucking liberation theology, which it is not. It’s the most reactionary ideology in the history of the human race. It means business. It means slavery; it means mass murder; it means bigotry. It means the abolition of culture.
And there are people who say we have to understand its deep-seeded nature, which we certainly do, but not by apologizing to or retreating from it…
Say it once, hope not to have to say it again: You do not deal yourself a hand in the conduct or formation of British foreign or defense policy by putting a bomb on a bus in Tavistock Square in London. You do not. Final. Do I have to say it twice? No.
Will I listen to anyone who says that we should? I certainly will not. I certainly will not, and nor should anyone else.
And the Prime Minister will not do so. And what people ought to realize is that there is indeed a connection between this and the wars abroad. The same people did this at King’s Cross and Edgware Road and Aldgate last week who last Friday blew up 34 school children in Baghdad. Yes of course there is a connection: we’re fighting the same people. And they will rule the day. Or we will outlive, and out kill, and out fight them.
They say they prefer death to life, maybe they do.
They want to be martyrs, we’re here to help.
But our love for London will outlive their hatred, and their love of death. Believe me.”
Christopher Hitchens, speaking at D.G. Wills Bookstore in California, May, 2006. Watch below.
The picture is of Lee Rigby, son, husband, father of a two year old boy, and drummer in the British Royal Regiment — ritually and barbarically murdered on the streets of south London yesterday. His last text message to his mom will break your heart:
Goodnight mum, I hope you had a fantastic day today because you are the most fantastic and one in a million mum that anyone could ever wish for. Thank you for supporting me all these years, you’re not just my mum you’re my best friend. So goodnight and love you loads.