Which politician will exploit Manchester first?
Ben Wolford

I spoke with my Iraqi friend today about the attack. He worked with US intelligence in the Middle East and helped American forces disrupt and destroy Taliban opium operations. For his efforts and for his safety, he was given a new life in America and runs my local coffee shop; he still proudly wears the polo with the “International Anti-Terrorism and Narcotics Task Force” logo over his heart. I asked him what his feelings are on this most recent attack, and it is sad to note that our talks about Islamic terrorist attacks have become more frequent.

Until today, he never really opened up on how he really felt about Islam, the violent ideology that apologists like the author of his post defend over the bodies of children. “It will never change”, he says to me with a look of anger and despair. He points to the back of his head, “There is a switch, you know? Back here. It doesn't matter where they came from or how long they have lived in the West, the switch can flip anytime.” He goes on, “I lived there, I know these people, and they will never change.” He professes that it is their religion, Islam, that has created this culture with a predilection for violence. Then for the first time, he tells me that he is an Iraqi Christian. This man sided with Americans over the Taliban as an indigene, not just any indigene, but as an Iraqi Christian — this is a death sentence on top of a death sentence. I am not sure that he is aware of just how brave he is.

He lived the violence that the writer of this post knows absolutely nothing about. You know nothing about the cruelty and suicidal hatred of an ideology that has remained unchanged since its inception, never having reformed or successfully abrogated since the 7th century. His story is like so many of the stories I have heard from those who have escaped countries wracked by Islamic fundamentalism, each one of them is critical of Islam and the inane Westerners who defend its violence.

You write aloofly about children being slaughtered, you posit a perverse wager to see who will be outraged first and demand action, demand that people are kept safe — this is detestable. I want the writer of this post to find the families of Saffie Rose and Georgina Callander — the 8 and 18 year-olds who were killed by the blast — and I want you to look them in the eye and tell them that they have no right to be angry at Islamic terrorism. I want you to tell them that they have no justifiable reason to be afraid of Islamic terrorism and I want you to tell them that they are playing into the caliphate’s hand by demanding that their children be kept safe.

In the words of Nonie Darwish, another former Muslim who escaped Islamic fundamentalism,

Muslims need to know that the world does indeed have a justifiable and legitimate concern about Islam and actions done in the name of Islam by Muslims. Muslims need to look at themselves in the mirror and see the world from the point of view of their victims. Instead, the West is sacrificing its culture, values, laws, pride and even self-respect. Muslim culture needs a wake-up call telling them that, sooner or later, non-Muslim nations will close their doors to any kind of Muslim immigration if the jihad culture continues.
That will also be a strong message to Muslims already in the West who still believe in jihad. The Muslim people are hungry for the truth: that their educational system and mosque preaching are full of incitement, abhorrent, hate-filled and the foundation upon which violent jihad is built. The Islamic commandment to do jihad sacrifices Muslim men, women and children to kill and get killed.
As long as the West continues its appeasement of Islamic jihad, Islam will never reform and the West will lose. So far, the West has continued to extend a lifeline to the religion of Islam; a religion for which the number one enemy is the truth, and which struggles to suppress the truth.

The author of this post should know that when Nonie wrote the last paragraph, she was directing it at them. You aren't fighting for social justice, you are preventing.