22 year-old Nadir Syed has been found guilty in a British court of planning acts of terrorism. He had previously been stopped from leaving Britain to join ISIS, and was under surveillance by authorities. He was arrested shortly after buying a 30cm chef’s knife.
“The court heard how he had expressed admiration for the killers of soldier Lee Rigby and how he shared violent footage of beheadings from Syria and Iraq on social media…
…The court heard that Syed had also tried to travel to Syria to fight with IS militants but had been stopped from leaving the country in January 2014.
In September 2014, IS militants issued a fatwa or decree calling on its followers in the West to carry out attacks at home, jurors were told.
In the weeks that followed, Syed’s behaviour became increasingly worrying to MI5 and police intelligence officers who were watching him…
…By November last year he was actively searching for knives of “sufficient quality to source an attack”, the court heard, and he was eventually arrested on 6 November shortly after buying a 30cm chef’s knife.
Commander Richard Walton, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This was an intense and lengthy operation by my officers, supported by the intelligence agencies, and I have no doubt that London is a safer place today with this conviction.”
London is certainly safer with a douchebag like Syed off the street. But a “one-knife-at-a-time” approach is doomed to fail. Think about the manpower that needed to be invested to track a single suspect, and arrest him for the purchase of a ubiquitous item. Even authoritarian states like China are unable to prevent people from committing mass murder with knives.
All Britain has done is swat a mosquito. Their problem with unassimilated Muslims runs much deeper.