In yet another terror attack in the West, a bomb has exploded at a pop concert in Manchester, with 19 confirmed dead and 59 injured so far. The blast went off at an Ariana Grande concert, and police are saying it clearly seems to be a terrorist attack.
The American pop singer had been performing her final song for the night when the blast went off. Around 21,000 fans were there, mostly children and teenage girls, along with some parents. The suicide bomber detonated his device just outside the arena, and it seems to have been a nail bomb.
Here are some accounts of the carnage and chaos:
‘I saw bodies lying on the ground’
Andy Holey, who had gone to Manchester Arena to pick up his wife and daughter who had been at the concert, told BBC: “As I was waiting, an explosion went off and it threw me about 30 feet from one set of doors to the other set of doors. When I got up I saw bodies lying on the ground. My first thought was to go into the arena to try to find my family. When I couldn’t find them, I went outside with the police and fire and looked through some of the bodies to try and find my wife and daughter.”
Mr Holey told BBC that he did find his family and they were fine. “It was definitely an explosion and it was some force. It happened near the box office at the entrance to the Arena.”
‘We heard the last song go, then suddenly a massive flash and then a bang and smoke’
Gary Walker from Leeds told BBC Radio 5 Live he was hit by shrapnel in his foot and his wife sustained a stomach wound as they waited for their daughters to come out of the concert. “We heard the last song go and then suddenly there was a massive flash and then a bang and smoke,” he said.
‘It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest’
Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters that she felt a massive explosion as she was leaving the concert. “We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming. It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.”
Six hospitals in the greater Manchester area are treating the many injured and the entire area has been cordoned off. Already world leaders are offering their condolences. The singer was not injured in the attack, but she may cancel or postpone the rest of her tour.
Electioneering in the UK will likely be put off for at least a day or two as well. This is yet again a case of a nation in mourning over more innocent men, women and children being slaughtered in our cities. And in this case it seems to have been overwhelmingly female children and female teens.
While officials are now quite open about calling this a terrorist attack, thus far there is no further word about who or which group is responsible. While no one has yet claimed responsibility, there is little doubt as to which ideology is behind this.
Indeed, security and terrorism experts are already saying this has all the hallmarks of an ISIS terror attack. And they also tell us that normally in a case of a suicide bombing, other people were involved in the making of the bomb. So time will tell.
But I have no problem saying already that this is likely Islam at work once again. If I am proved wrong in the hours and days to come, then I got it wrong. But I really have very little doubt as to what this is: yet another Islamic jihad attack designed to produce maximum death, damage and destruction.
If so, this is just par for the course. This is business as usual. This is what Islam does. This is the nature of the beast. The time for making excuses is long over. The time for trying to whitewash these regular terror attacks is long over. The foolishness about this being a religion of peace can now be put to rest.
Shoulda been done long ago. But we will continue to have apologists for evil making excuses for this. We will hear yet again about mental illness, lone wolves, and a perversion of a great religion, etc. I for one have had a gutful of all this dhimmitude and delusion.
The West is in many respects responsible for all these attacks and all these deaths by refusing to be honest about the nature of the enemy we face. By refusing to get real about those who have sworn to kill us and enslave us, our leaders also have blood on their hands.
Enough is enough. How many more children must be slaughtered on our streets? How many more women must be mown down before our eyes? How many more men must be killed in the name of this political ideology? And how quick we are to forget that this is not happening in places far away.
Indeed, it is not just faraway Manchester that is experiencing this. Australia has had its fair share of Islamic terror, and just moments ago we had this headline posted: “SA Police and Australian Federal Police arrest SA woman and charge her with terrorism offence”.
The article opens: “A South Australian woman has been charged with a terrorism offence. Details are scarce but SA Police and the Australian Federal Police will hold a press conference at 2pm today.” That press conference has now just been held, and the 22-year-old woman of Somali origin had pledged her allegiance to Islamic State. Hmm, I really didn’t think that she would turn out to be a Quaker or a Buddhist.
To understand just what we are up against here, all we need to do is look at some hard numbers. These are utterly shocking numbers, and they need to be shared far and wide. Since 9/11 there have been 30,862 deadly Islamic terror attacks. Let those numbers sink in.
Consider just the month of April 2017. There were 165 such attacks in 25 countries including 30 suicide blasts, resulting in 1336 people killed and 946 injured. That is just one month. This is Islam doing what it does best. This is Islam doing what it has done for 1400 years now.
This is a case of devout Muslims carefully following the teachings and example of their beloved prophet Muhammad. And there seems to be no sign of this stopping any time soon, and that is mainly because most Western leaders, media elites and “experts” refuse to mention the “I” word or the “M” word.
As long as they refuse to admit that we have an enemy which has declared its intention to destroy us, we will just see more of these terror attacks, and more dead children, and more blood on our streets.