On Wednesday, May 22 in the London neighborhood of Woolrich, a 25-year-old soldier was killed in a brutal attack using a meat cleaver while he was off duty.
The solider, Drummer Lee Rigby of the second battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was the father of a two-year-old boy and fiancée of Aimee West.
Rigby had been deployed to Afghanistan, but was stationed in London as a recruiter when he was killed.
Four arrests have been made in affiliation with this attack, two immediately after the attack and two the following day for conspiracy of murder.
Of the two main suspects, Michael Adebolajo was shown holding the bloody meat cleaver after the attack.
Adebolajo is described as being very “vocal” in his convictions regarding the oppression of Muslims. He stated, “We swear by the almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
This attack is understood as retaliatory, in response to the violence of British foreign policy.
These two men were claimed to have been known by the British security service, yet they were not under surveillance.
President Barack Obama, in a speech regarding terrorism given on the same day as the attack, oddly did not mention London at all.
While the President mentioned 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Benghazi attacks, he ignored the assault on one of our country’s closest allies.
The administration is hesitant to refer to this act as terrorism, instead calling it “senseless violence.”
Both the British Prime Minister David Cameron and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had no problem in labeling it as terrorism.
In my opinion, it is difficult to see this murder as anything but terrorism.
This attack had blatant politically driven goals of Islamic extremism, thus making it, by definition, terrorism.
The administration is receiving criticism already for this refusal, yet this is not the first time that this administration has been criticized for their lack of usage of the word.
The 2009 attack on Fort Hood, which left 13 dead and 32 wounded, was similarly unidentified as terrorism.
What is making the president so unwilling to label these attacks for what they are?
This tragedy is unfortunately another horrific act of hate that will forever leave the people of London with a sense of fear.