You served your country, and for that you had my deepest respect, even though I didn’t know you. You were in your own country, somewhere you felt safe, somewhere where your family and friends and home are. You supported other servicemen and women injured through Help for Heroes. And yet, somehow, it was your lot to be hit by a car driven by two fanatics and then brutally murdered by them. To be attacked and killed outside your barracks.
Rest in peace, may God take you safely away to His Heaven. And God be with your family, friends and unit. And so, as the two extremists that committed this barbaric act are in hospital under guard, people forget that Islam and Islamist are NOT the same thing. This is not done in the name of true Islam, it is not fair to brand all that follow a religion by the deluded acts of some people from it. And yet people do. Marches with missiles thrown at the police. A man arrested in a mosque armed with a knife.
How is it that in our pain and anger we forget our reason?
And it is pain and anger. I was shaking when I heard this; this man was killed just for being a soldier. There but for the grace of God go I. Or many people I know. The forces are a community, it’s sent shockwaves through the country, but the twitter map of the UK now makes worrying reading. Edl; muslims; cunts…I just hope people calm down enough to realise that if they retaliate (and they’ll do it against innocent people), it worked. Terrorism produced terror. For my part, it’s made me more determined to make it. I go for Main Board soon, and it’s made me more determined to succeed, to show that they can’t break us. The heart of our forces beats stronger than ever, but we will not rise to discrimination and violence as knee-jerk reactions. I hope.