“My daughter saw things no child should ever have to see,” said the mother of young Ariana Grande fan earlier last month. She told of the emotional and mental impact on her child in the months following the Manchester Arena terror attack during Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ tour. There they were on a girly day out, laughing, giggling, shopping, singing, and then Salman Abedi detonated his bomb killing 22 people, including young children. “Amelia has been really struggling since… talking in her sleep, she’s lost loads of weight, and she just wants to be isolated”.
“Amelia was panicking over sports day because of the starting gun – she’s now terrified of loud noises, and when a balloon popped at her dance show she went into hysterics. She has become quite clingy. Before she’d happily sit a few seats away from me on a train but now she wants to be near me in case something happens.”
There’s perhaps no easy time to talk about these traumas: the funerals may be over; the tributes sung; Manchester Arena reopened. But somebody somewhere is still grieving, mourning, or coming to terms with life-changing injuries. ‘We Are Manchester‘ might have made people feel a bit better, but it hasn’t made everybody safer.
“Protecting this country requires us to be both strong against terrorism and strong against the causes of terrorism,” Jeremy Corbyn said in a speech following the attack. He went on to focus on UK foreign policy and the failing ‘war on terror’ as a contributory factor to the Manchester bombing and other Islamist atrocities. “Those causes certainly cannot be reduced to foreign policy decisions alone,” he insisted, but it is clear from the rest of his speech that Corbyn believes that a change in foreign policy would mitigate, if not eradicate, Jihadism in the UK.
Let us set aside the naivety of this, and resist analysis of those countries (eg Sweden) and groups (eg Copts) who appear to be Islamist targets irrespective of foreign policy decisions (or, indeed, the power to articulate any foreign policy at all), and consider instead Corbyn’s exhortation to be “strong against the causes of terrorism”. He said:
Over the past fifteen years or so, a sub-culture of often suicidal violence has developed amongst a tiny minority of, mainly young, men, falsely drawing authority from Islamic beliefs and often nurtured in a prison system in urgent need of resources and reform. And no rationale based on the actions of any government can remotely excuse, or even adequately explain, outrages like this week’s massacre. But we must be brave enough to admit the war on terror is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.
Corbyn’s “smarter way” is basically for us to get out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and other (majority) Muslim nations, and then to denounce Israel, laud Palestine and Palestinian terrorists, respect Islamist freedom fighters and honour “our friends from Hezbollah” and “our friends from Hamas“. If anything is pro-USA and capitalist, it is bad/wrong/evil, but if you’re poor and landless, there is no end to Corbyn’s solidarity, humanity and compassion. So, basically, if you mitigate the America-effect, respect Islam and nullify neo-liberalism, Utopia will descend in the clouds with red flags flying. Then the Islamists will stop bombing us. The task of government, he says, is to ensure “that our foreign policy reduces rather than increases the threat to this country”, and that is how you do it.
The thing is, the supremacist strain of Islam predates the 1948 restoration of Israel and all arguments over the pre-1967 borders, and will continue long after Palestine is declared an independent state and Israel wiped off the map. Islamic fundamentalist extremism and terrorism have their roots in Islamic orthodoxy: “The relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims, the relationship of Muslims with the state, and Muslims’ relationship to the prevailing legal system wherever they live … Within the classical tradition, the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims is assumed to be one of segregation and enmity,” explains Yahya Cholil Staquf, a leading Islamic scholar in Indonesia. “To the extent that Muslims adhere to this view of Islam, it renders them incapable of living harmoniously and peacefully within the multi-cultural, multi-religious societies of the 21st century.”
The Wahhabi enmity towards the non-Muslim world is not simply focused on Western foreign policy, as Didsbury mosque, where the Manchester bomber once worshipped, helpfully illustrates: ‘Preachers at mosque where Manchester bomber prayed called for homosexuals, British soldiers and non-believers to be killed‘; ‘Question Time audience member reveals shock leaflet “given at Manchester killer’s mosque”‘:
“Living in a society in which people have accepted Western lifestyle as their way of life brings immorality at every step. Modesty, shame and honour have no place in Western civilisation.”
He continued: “That is direct from Didsbury Mosque and that was given in a very expensive package with DVDs.”
…“It’s a charity leaflet that’s given out officially from Didsbury Mosque.”
The mosque’s director of trustees Muhamed El-Khayat insisted the leaflet was not an official communication.
He said outsiders sometimes left leaflets inside which was a problem they were battling to stop.
Yes, of course: Didsbury mosque is a public place of worship and Hindus are very welcome to leave their puja promotional leaflets in the hope of making converts for Krishna, and no one at all in the mosque will check these for blasphemy or anything remotely haram.
But this leaflet is important, for it takes us to a root of Islamist enmity which the politicians and the media choose to ignore: Western decadence, immorality, sexualisation, perversion and moral degradation. The “Western lifestyle… brings immorality at every step,” they say. “Modesty, shame and honour have no place in Western civilisation.”
Which brings us back to Ariana Grande lyrics.
“My daughter saw things no child should ever have to see,” said the mother of this one young victim.
What about the things her daughter should never have heard?
Ariana Grande may have the appearance of a Disney princess, but her music and lyrics are positively pornographic:
Here’s ‘Side to Side‘:
I’m talkin’ to ya
See you standing over there with your body
Feeling like I wanna rock with your body
And we don’t gotta think ’bout nothin’ (’bout nothin’)
I’m comin’ at ya
Cause I know you got a bad reputation
Doesn’t matter, ’cause you give me temptation
And we don’t gotta think ’bout nothin’ (’bout nothin’)
…This the new style with the fresh type of flow
Wrist icicle, ride dick, bicycle
Come through yo, get you this type of blow
If you wanna Minaj, I got a tricycle
Reputation doesn’t matter; temptation is good. So what? Well…
“Wrist icicle” is when someone manually masturbates a man, he ejaculates, and the giver then has ejaculate dripping from their wrist.
“Ride dick bicycle”, fairly obvious, woman-on-top copulation.
“Blow”, oral sex.
“If you wanna MÉNAGE”, ménage a trois, fornication/sodomy with three people.
Here’s ‘Right There‘:
A player too, you know I have some girls missionary
My black book and numbers thicker than the dictionary and Bible
I got it recycled…
She wouldn’t sing that about the Qur’an, would she?
There is more – much more “brutal truth” – which respectable parents might not want their eight-year-old daughters to know about at all: what lies beneath Ariana Grande lyrics is really quite shocking. You’re free to do the research yourselves. WARNING: the content of that particular site is potent, if not downright offensive and sometimes gratuitously so, and yet strangely enough it articulates the very sorts of feelings about sexual immorality and moral depravity which the Didsbury mosque leaflet highlights, and which the Bible commends:
‘Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body‘ (1Cor 6:18).
‘Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry‘ (Col 3:5).
‘But among you, as is proper among the saints, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality or impurity or greed‘ (Eph 5:3).
If the intolerant and supremacist strain of Islam seeks to eradicate the Ariana Grande sort of sex and smut from society in order to honour Allah, and the Islamist strategy for doing so is to kill the source by bombing what they consider orgies of abomination in order to deter youth from the ways of the world, the flesh, and the devil, why doesn’t Jeremy Corbyn want to be “strong” on this “cause of terrorism”? Why must UK foreign policy be changed, but our sex-obsessed culture not?