The BBC reported last week that “a British plumber has been convicted of planning a terror attack in Westminster and making bombs for the Taliban.” This “British plumber” was not exactly your typical cockney: Khalid Ali, according to the Beeb, had “spent several years in Afghanistan, and when asked by British police whether he had returned to the UK for jihad, he replied: ‘Jihad is what we do. We are Mujahideen.’”
British authorities can’t say they weren’t warned. Ali later did what he told that police officer he was going to do: he plotted a jihad massacre of British officials. He has been convicted, according to the BBC, of “preparing an act of terrorism in the UK and two counts of possessing an explosive substance with intent. On 22 April last year — one month after the Westminster terror attack — Ali was caught on CCTV walking past the MI6 building at Vauxhall Cross, as well as Westminster Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall.”
That Ali was able to enter Britain so easily despite being an avowed jihadi is indicative of the sad state of that formerly green and pleasant land. Leftists and Islamic apologists sometimes throw at me the fact that I am banned from entering the UK, as if it were proof that I am some sort of “extremist.” In reality, the UK has a steadily lengthening record of admitting jihadis while banning foes of jihad terror. Khalid Ali is just the latest of many examples.
Khalid Ali had no trouble entering Britain. Yet the British government recently banned activists Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone, Lauren Southern, and Lutz Bachmann from entering, solely because those activists oppose jihad terror and Sharia oppression. Britain thereby made it clear that it is more authoritarian and unwilling to uphold the freedom of speech than ever — at least when it comes to criticism of Islam, Muslim rape gangs, and mass Muslim migration.
Even worse, the bannings of Sellner, Pettibone, Southern, and Bachmann were just part of a long pattern. Pamela Geller and I were banned from entering Britain in 2013 — apparently for life — also for telling the truth about Islam and jihad. But just days after Geller and I were banned, the British government admitted Saudi Sheikh Mohammed al-Arefe. Al-Arefe has said: “Devotion to jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer. Allah said that if a man fights the infidels, the infidels will be unable to prepare to fight.”
There are many similar examples. Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri’s preaching of hatred and jihad violence was so hardline that he was banned from preaching in Pakistan.
The UK Home Office also admitted Shaykh Hamza Sodagar into the country, despite the fact that he has said: “If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One — the easiest one maybe — chop their head off, that’s the easiest. Second — burn them to death. Third — throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth — tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth — a combination of the above.”
Theresa May’s relentlessly appeasement-minded government also admitted two jihad preachers who had praised the murderer of a foe of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. One of them was welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Meanwhile, the UK banned three bishops who were from areas of Iraq and Syria where Christians are persecuted from entering the country.
Unless this preference for jihadis and jihad preachers, and determination to keep out foes of jihad terror, is reversed quickly, Khalid Ali’s words — “Jihad is what we do. We are Mujahideen” — could serve as an epitaph to Britain as a free society.