Mujaahid Abu Hamza (l) and Ismail Ibn Abdullah (r), in the dock, flanked by police officers
He did it for Allah? But...but...David Cameron told us that this attack had nothing to do with Islam! And the Daily Mail, as hopeless as ever even as it reports on all this below, does its best to obscure these jihadis' motivations. Here is a sidebar that is running alongside the article below, quoting what Mujaahid Abu Hamza, formerly known as Michael Adebolajo, said right after the shooting:
'YOU PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE SAFE': ADEBOLAJO'S VIDEO MESSAGE
After allegedly murdering Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo, right, was filmed explaining the crime, which was shown to the jury today.
'The only reason we've killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers,' he said.
'This British soldier is one - he is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
Speaking into the camera with bloodied hands, he went on: 'I apologise that women had to witness this today but in our lands our women have to see the same.
'You people will never be safe. Remove your governments - they don't care about you.
'Do you think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street, when we start busting our guns, do you think your politicians are going to die? No, it's going to be the average guy, like you and your children.
'So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so you can all live in peace. Leave our lands and you will live in peace.'
But here is what he really said:
The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers.
And this British soldier is one. It is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
By Allah, we swear by the almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. So what if we want to live by the Shari'a in Muslim lands? Why does that mean you must follow us and chase us and call us extremists and kill us? Rather you lot are extreme. You are the ones that when you drop a bomb you think it hits one person? Or rather your bomb wipes out a whole family? This is the reality. By Allah if I saw your mother today with a buggy I would help her up the stairs. This is my nature. But we are forced by the Qur'an, in Sura At-Tawba, through many ayah in the Qu'ran, we must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
I apologise that women had to witness this today but in our lands women have to see the same.
You people will never be safe. Remove your governments, they don’t care about you.
You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns? You think politicians are going to die? No, it’s going to be the average guy, like you and your children.
So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so can all live in peace. So leave our lands and we can all live in peace. That’s all I have to say. [in Arabic:] Allah’s peace and blessings be upon you.
What did the Daily Mail leave out? His swearing by "almighty Allah" that "we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone," his reference to Sharia, his invoking of chapter nine of the Qur'an (Surat at-Tauba) and to fighting being mandated in the Qur'an, and his final Muslim benediction. In other words, pretty much everything that shows that this was more than just the revenge attack for British soldiers supposedly killing Muslims. It was a jihad attack. But as far as jihad goes, the Daily Mail and the rest of the British press dutifully lower the cone of silence.
"Fiancée and estranged wife of soldier Lee Rigby flee murder trial in tears as jury is shown CCTV footage of moment 'Muslim converts ran him down before almost decapitating him with meat cleaver and knives,'" by Chris Greenwood, Rebecca Evans and Martin Robinson for the Daily Mail, November 29 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Lee Rigby's fiancée, estranged wife and mother fled court in tears today after footage of the soldier being run down at 40mph and hacked to death was shown to the jury in his murder trial.
Fusilier Rigby was 'mutilated, almost decapitated and murdered' by Michael Adebowale, 22, and Michael Adebolajo, 28, who ambushed him outside military barracks in Woolwich, South East London, the Old Bailey heard today.
There were gasps in Court Two when video footage of the soldier being mown down by a car, dragged into the road and executed was shown.
Lee Rigby's mother Lyn, fiancée Aimee West and his estranged wife Rebecca Rigby, the mother of his son, all left the courtroom sobbing.
Witnesses said Muslim convert Adebolajo held a British soldier by the hair and tried to hack off his head 'like a butcher attacking a joint of meat', the Old Bailey heard today....
Richard Whittam QC said Drummer Rigby was hit by their car at up to 40mph as he crossed the road, leaving him helpless on the ground, before his alleged killers dragged him into the road.
'The two men were armed with a meat cleaver and knives. They also had a firearm, a revolver, with them,' Mr Whittam said.
'The driver (Adebolajo) was carrying a cleaver in his hand. He knelt down by Lee Rigby and took hold of his hair. He then repeatedly hacked at the right side of his neck just below the jawline.
'At the same time as Michael Adebolajo used the meat cleaver, Michael Adebowale was using a knife to stab and cut at Lee Rigby's body.'
Amanda Bailey saw the events from inside her Peugeot 206, the jury heard.
She saw the Tigra strike Fusilier Rigby and carry him until the car crashed into a road sign.
'The young man flew off the bonnet and landed about two feet in front of the car,' Mr Whittam said.
'She (Bailey) saw that his eyes were open but they looked frozen.'
Miss Bailey says she saw the driver of the car get out with a meat cleaver in his hand and hack at Mr Rigby's neck up to nine times with 'considerable force.'
Shopkeeper Ibrahim Elidemir and Saraj Miah, who described the car hitting Lee Rigby at a 'terrible speed', the court heard.
Mr Miah told the two men 'Don't kill him' but the passenger took out a gun and aimed it at him.
Greenwich Borough Council electrician Thomas Seymour, saw a man attack the neck of Fusilier Rigby.
Mr Whittam told the jury: 'Mr Seymour 'instantly believed that he was trying to cut the victim's head off'.'
"So when you meet those who disbelieve, strike their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4