There is no excuse for vigilantism or attacks like this one. If those opposed to the jihad resort to terrorism, there is increasingly little to distinguish them from the jihadists.
It is interesting to note that this is immediately classified as a “faith-hate attack,” while the international jihad plot that hoped to murder thousands of people by downing ten transatlantic planes for the express purpose of terrorizing the alleged enemies of Islam is not so perceived. In the latter case, government and law enforcement officials vie with one another to be the first to exonerate Islam and the Muslim community from any responsibility for the plot or for “faith-hate” in general. But the same solicitude is not offered to non-Muslims. This attack will instead be used as yet another indication of endemic British “racism” and “xenophobia,” not to mention “Islamophobia.”
“Probe into arson attack on mosque,” from the BBC, with thanks to Jimbo:
Police are investigating an arson attack on a mosque in Chester.
Detectives are treating the fire as a faith-hate attack but claim it is too early to say if it is in response to Thursday’s anti-terror arrests.
Accelerant was put through the door of the mosque on Clifton Drive shortly before midnight on Thursday.
The blaze, which caused superficial damage, was quickly extinguished and although people were inside at the time, no-one was injured.