Drummer Lee Rigby
Flying High with the Angels
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It’s not—thank God—the words of politicians like British Prime Minister David Cameron or London Mayor Boris Johnson that will be long remembered about the brutal murder of drummer Lee Rigby but the voluntary acts of three courageous women who tried to do what they could for “Riggers” at the horrific scene of his death.
Young Rigby, who was deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan as a member of the Fire Support group in Patrol Base Woqab, served his country well, putting his own life at risk for his countrymen.
When unspeakable horrors like the one that happened yesterday just 200 yards away from the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, England, the historical home of the Royal Artillery, the politicians are always soon there with their meaningless words and politically correct messages for the masses. The mainstream media dutifully publish their empty words and pictures of their smiling faces.
Nor did David Cameron’s politically correct message that the attack was a “betrayal of Islam” make him the only western leader to play down the outrages of Islam one day after that kind of attack. American President Barack Hussein Obama, who plays down the deeds of Muslim fanatics on a routine basis, said in a speech at National Defense University in Washington, DC today that al Qaeda “did not direct the attacks in Benghazi or Boston”, in an address that tried to drive home the point that al Qaeda is on the run—thanks largely to him.
Praising the courage of Cub Scout leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett who jumped off a bus to confront a meat cleaver-wielding barbarian, Cameron said ‘She speaks for all of us.’
Cameron is wrong. The mother of two spoke for herself and the people and rather than just talking about it, tries to do something about the violence of terrorism.
In times of terrible tragedies like yesterday’s, the words of politicians wash over us as if they were never spoken.
The politicians never save innocent civilians against terrorist attacks, and in their politically correct cowardice, only invite more attacks.
The actions of courageous people from the main-street like the ‘Angels of Woolwich’ will be remembered far beyond the day of infamy in Woolwich.
The first heroine, described as a religious woman in her 50s, bravely approached the attackers as they roamed the streets covered in blood and demanded they let her sit next to the victim. As she tried to comfort him in the middle of the road, a second woman stood stoically over her in an act of solidarity. Meanwhile, Cub Scout leader Loyau-Kennett remonstrated with the other alleged murderer, who ranted at her: ‘We want to start a war in London tonight’. Standing firm, and showing no fear, she replied: ‘Right now it is only you versus many people. You are going to lose’. (Daily Mail, May 23, 2013)
What courage it must have taken to approach a radical brandishing a machete-style knife, his hands still dripping with blood. What faith to pray over a man just killed with no police there for protection during an act of breath-taking valour.
An eye witness at the scene said he saw the first woman approach the men and ask to go to the soldier’s side moments after the horrific attack in which they nearly behead the young soldier.
Joe Tallant told the Daily Mirror: ‘She is a very religious woman. She saw everything and wanted to comfort the man. She just walked straight up to them with no fear.
‘She put her hands on his chest and I think she prayed for him. The poor man’s head was beside her.’
Unlike the politicians, the woman didn’t stick around to have her picture taken or to try to make nice with politically correct statements. In fact, the Daily Mail is looking for her.
It is not the words of the black man wielding a bloodied meat cleaver at the scene moments after the attack, shouting: ‘We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you’ that will be remembered but the words of incredibly courageous Club Scout leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett who responding to a killer’s rant ‘We want to start a war in London tonight’, said: “Right now it is only you versus many people. You are going to lose.’
It is not the shocking picture of a terrorist standing there with blood-covered hands that will last longest in the memories of time.
It will be the picture of drummer Lee Rigby, the loving father of a 2-year-old boy, whose handsome youthful face will haunt us for all time.
In the end, no words could be more meaningful than the simple ones left with flowers at Woolwich yesterday signed by Sarah, Emily and Jennie: “RIP unnamed soldier. We never knew you, but fly high with the angels.”Judi McLeod -- Bio and Archives | Click to view Comments