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Understanding Adebolajo  — Man or Monster


From: Asghar Bukhari

My apologies in advance for the poor spelling (Bill Gates really sucks at correcting it) and my just as poor grammar (which I blame on my good looking school teacher who was always distracting me).

This is my attempt at writing a blog and as a Muslim in this time of oppression the topic is a serious one — Adebolajo , the man who killed the soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich and who in the process outraged a country.

The topic is a difficult one, not because explaining it is hard, that is simple, but because the passions of unthinking men, often right wing white men cannot and do not want the view of anyone else apart from another right wing white man. And right wing white men rule the world right now.

To say something contrary to their liking at best means demonisation (que propaganda words like Islamist, Jihadist, extremists, hate preacher, radical …and any other word that makes it easier for them to destroy your life without good white people being too upset about it) - at worst of course you end up in prison or dead.

So I write this knowing full well I will get into a whole heap of trouble someday soon for trying to teach the good white people out there what is really going on.

It was with this in mind that I wanted to understand Adebolajo from his own mouth. As I took my seat in the public gallery of his trial, I admit I had a preconceived idea of him, just like most of those people reading this. I expected a South London thug, a man of low I.Q. who was driven to his abhorrent act by anger at the foreign policy of this country.

I was only partially right.

I don’t know why I was so shocked at his words but I was. When he spoke, he spoke in a measured tone, articulately, intelligently and with purpose, he believed more than any man I have ever heard in my life in his cause, but more than all that — what shocked me was — he thought. He was a thinking man.

What I was listening too was a man whose thought process had led him to conclude that the only way to stop Britain from killing people abroad was to use violence to stop them — to take up arms. It was the exact opposite of what I expected. There was no hint of gang-land street thug, instead I found a man who spoke like a revolutionary, no different from many others throughout the ages who fought for their causes and all too often took to bloody acts in their struggle.

And this is important.

Not because as Islamophobic right wing nuts will claim about anyone who tries to give some insight into the matter that we are all secretly related to Bin Laden, but because, we as a people, humans, need to understand, truly understand what we are dealing with if we want to solve it.

I understand why people are angry — anger is natural but it is no replacement for analysis, worse propagandists who want to continue their barbaric policies abroad use your anger to back their continuation of those very policies. People continue to radicalize, wars keep killing Muslim men, women and children and innocents on both sides keep dying. Nothing changes.

By the time Adebolajo stopped speaking I realised that he as a person was highly important (I don’t mean that disrespectfully to Lee Rigby’s family), but understanding him was the key to British people understanding Muslim terrorism & to end this global war of terror that these right-wing nuts see as a solution.

Muslim terrorism is not as the right wing media want to claim, religious fanatics hating the freedom of the west — it is the exact opposite — it is young Muslims, intelligent Muslims, thinking Muslims, who have lost hope that the West will ever give them their freedom.

In short there is a Cause. A struggle. A vision and a political demand of these men. And that cause without any hope will turn to violence as sure as night follows day — and history has proven this in every single struggle where people feel they are denied what is just and right and Adebolajo was proof of this. No man will ever be denied freedom forever. He will invent a method to obtain it.

To stop terrorism you have to be brutally honest. Are we going to deal with this political issues behind this or are we going to keep spinning propaganda narratives that stop people thinking of why it is happening.

His thinking and act are not an aberration of British policy, he was a creation of it — root and branch. Extreme policies that have denied the freedom of millions have led to an extreme reaction to those policies.

Below I reproduce some of the words that I heard Adebolajo say as I sat in the court room and I scribbled down his words as fast as I could for you yourself to ponder on:

Prosecution Lawyer: “How could you be sure that you would kill a soldier and not a civilian”

Adebolajo: I could not be totally sure, I believed he was a soldier because of what he was wearing and where he was, no soldier can be totally sure, just like your armies cannot be sure of who you kill when you fire your missiles into peoples homes, but I had prayed all night to Allah to only allow me to kill a solider and not a civilian, I begged Allah that I would not kill an innocent person and Allah granted me that wish.”

Prosecution Lawyer: The family are at court today how do you feel

Adebolajo: I bare them no animosity. They loved him, just like every soldier has someone who loves them. I do not want any harm to come to them. I understand that I killed someone they loved, but Muslims feel pain too and we have people we love too. I know I killed him, but perhaps my actions will stop this Government sending troops over to kill Muslims and thus I may have saved their life and I may have saved the life of the soldiers being sent there — and Allah knows best.

Prosecution: Why did you have an unloaded gun that could not be fired

Adebolajo: We took the gun because we knew whoever held that gun would die, because the police would see a man with a gun and shoot him. Me and my brother argued the night before as to who would have the gun because we both wanted to die in God’s cause.

Prosection: You did this to intimidate the public.

Adebolajo: The only reason I did this was because of foreign policy. Not to intimidate the public. If I wanted to intimidate the public, I would have killed a member of the public, I didn't — I chose a soldier. We were both soldiers.

Prosection: The solider could cause you no harm.

Adebolago : No he was no danger to me but he was a danger to Muslims abroad. Jihad is not about me, it is about the weak and the oppressed as written in Quran in Surah Nisa.

Prosection : Why did you think it was important to talk on video about this.

Adebolago: The Government would have lied to the public and claimed my actions were due to something else other than British foreign policy. They would have claimed it was because “they hate our freedom, or our way of life that we hate McDonald's” — that is not true, it is only because Jihad becomes obligatory for the sake of God when British foreign policy attacks Muslims.
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