In America, yesterday was marked as Veteran’s Day, a day to remember those who have served our country in the military. In the United Kingdom, the same day is marked on calendars but is usually called Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, and commemorates the armistice that was signed by both the Allies and Germany to end World War One in 1918. For most of us, this is a day not only to applaud the sacrifices that were made by our armed forces, but also be grateful for a peaceful end to a long and harrowing war.
But yesterday in England there was a feeling of unease, as police had recently foiled a threat by Islamic Extremists to assassinate the Queen. BBC news reported that the Metropolitan Police Force has arrested four men in relation to this plot. According to the Force, these arrests, along with searches of several homes were only part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism. Police have reported that the men who were arrested are between the ages of 19 and 27 years old.
These men were arrested from different suburbs of London, including Southall, High Wycombe, Uxbridge and Hounslow. The arrests occurred late Thursday evening into early Friday morning. The men are currently being held by counter-terrorism police in West London and High Wycombe. It is expected that they will be facing charges related to the commission, preparation and/or instigation of acts of terrorism.
Scotland Yard has advised that they have been dealing with a high number of Islamist-related terrorism threats in the past month. The United Kingdom national terror threat level, (similar to our Homeland Security Advisory Scale,) was raised from “Substantial” to “Severe” in August. According to MI5, this means that a terrorist attack is “highly likely.”
Police have revealed little about this case. Besides the facts that have been reported by the BBC, the only other newspaper that has covered this story is “The Sun,” a tabloid that is similar to our “National Enquirer,” or its precedent, “The Weekly World News.” The Sun has reported that the Islamic Extremists were going to use a knife to stab the Queen, and that they planned to do it during one of the public ceremonies of Remembrance Day. It is not clear who their source was for this information, and other more reputable news sources appear to be waiting for official findings from the police and the courts before they write at length on this story.
This lack of clarity has led some internet theorists to suggest that the entire story was a hoax, that there was no plot to kill the queen and instead this is a fabricated story to embolden the United Kingdom in fighting Islamic Extremists overseas. Yet a close look at the views of these theorists shows an extremist bent that is in and of itself as terrifying as some of the rhetoric coming from Islamic Jihadists. One of these extremists sites, with the benign title of “Global Research,” says the plot to kill the queen never existed, and that-
“The objective of Her Majesty’s government with the support of Britain’s tabloids is to demonize British Muslims and justify a Middle East military agenda. It also purports to creating an atmosphere of generalized fear and intimidation throughout the United Kingdom.”
The site goes on to recommend related articles with titles such as:
“Staged and fake Isis Attacks against the Homeland, promoting fear in America”
“Britain: the mysterious case of the disappearing terror plots”
“Crying Wolf: Terror Alerts based on fabricated intelligence”
“Osama bin Laden and the 911 Illusion”
If you can stomach more of this extremism, much more can be found at the Global Research website link-
As it stands now, we know little about the facts with regard to the plot to kill the British queen. And while it is true that powerful governments have always been involved in distorting the facts to fit their own agenda, it is also true that there is a new form of Islamic Extremism that is more powerful than ever before and has set its sights on attacking Europe and America. So while we are being inundated with extremist views from both sides, the truth, as it often happens, is probably somewhere in the middle.
Just for fun, let’s look at Mike Myers’ view on the subject:
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