Brassed Off with Terror

Respecting victims of a terror attack by performing music is a lovely gesture, but is it enough after a declaration of war?

Pioneering journalism by Russell Cavanagh!

There was a brass band concert in Manchester on Saturday where the ensemble played a hymn dedicated to victims of last Monday’s terrorist atrocity in the city.

The hymn was, appropriately, called Manchester, It was played at the end of a previously scheduled performance held at the Royal Northern College of Music, itself based in the city. The idea was, according to the website, to pay “tribute to all those caught up in the events, and raise money for the victims’ foundation”.

As everyone knows by now, the attack targeted very young girls who were watching a pop idol perform live. So far, 22 of those girls, and some family members, have died, with many remaining critically injured in hospital. ISIS later claimed responsibility.

The banding community is a particularly close one, despite fierce rivalries when contesting. It often pulls together right across Britain (and sometimes beyond) to help causes for individuals suffering extreme ill-health as well as various charities. These are kind folks with big, harmonious hearts, and RNCM produces many of the movement’s finest young players.

There will have been many in the audience at that concert, as well as sat on the stand, who felt poignancy at a hymn to the fallen being played in the wake of such horror. (Perhaps no coincidence that brass bands play regularly right across the country in large cities and small villages every Armistice Day. Banding really does come with a conscience.)

However, is it ever enough merely to pay tribute to the victims of terror? For example, what difference does it really make lighting a candle, or changing an avatar on one’s social media account, other than signal that one cares – even if feeling helpless, or perhaps reluctant, to do much more about a matter involving an ongoing slaughter of innocents?

This is an important question to ask at a time when 5,000,000 migrants have arrived in Europe since 2014 (source: Interpol)  and more continue to head this way many thousands at a time.

It is also estimated that 70% to 80% are fit men of military age – effectively an invading army. Indeed, Government sources confirmed two days ago that 23,000 jihadists are currently on the loose across Britain. Many cannot read or write in their own language, let alone speak English with any fluency.

Furthermore, ISIS declared that Ramadan – a month-long religious event in the Muslim calendar – will be a period of escalating terror and violence across Europe and including Britain. This is a scenario yet to play out, though attacks are certainly occurring daily right now in streets and public venues right across Europe.

All of this is happening despite lit-up landmarks, flags displayed on Facebook and Twitter, or countless teddy bears and bouquets of flowers being laid. Even record numbers of people getting tattooed right now with designs featuring worker-bees – an emblem of Manchester – will surely not halt the marauders.

And let us not forget that it’s not just those newly arriving who bring trouble. Second- and third-generation migrants are turning to extremist interpretations of Islam. Muslims already form around five percent of the UK’s population and are breeding faster than any other demographic with one in twelve children now Muslim.

“Racist”, I hear you cry. But Islam is not a race; it is barely even a religion, being instead a theocratic form of government. Note too that Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs have integrated well into British culture – the problem is clearly with Islam.

But that’s not at all to say all Muslims are terrorists, though right now nearly all terrorists are turning out to be Muslims. Though as Winston Churchill allegedly said when told that not all Germans are Nazis, “Oh well, that makes all the difference”.

As someone else quipped, recently on Twitter: “Nero is fiddling as Rome burns, and we are told not to give in to pyrophobia”. This remark was in reference to a seeming indifference or helplessness by politicians and police to do anything that might risk them being labeled ‘politically incorrect’.

As a result, army and armed police are appearing everywhere now – from London to Sheffield to Manchester and right across the UK – even as we are told to “carry on as normal”. Our sceptred isle is becoming a police state and, in the event of many more terrorist attacks, edges perilously towards martial law and even becoming a dictatorship across a Third-World landscape.

At this moment, I sit at a desk in Prague on a very hot evening. After what will have been over a year living here, I’m due to return to England later this summer. This is not an entirely happy thought, despite it being an otherwise welcome move.

The Czech Republic is part of the Visegrad 4 group of countries that also includes Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. The V4 continues to defy demands from the European Union to take in economic migrants and unvetted “refugees” – resulting¬† in near to zero terror incidents here.

In fact, I sincerely fear the V4 may ultimately form the rump of what will remain of European culture. This will certainly be the case if people do not wake up to the fact that ISIS has declared war on us and that our nation faces its greatest peril since World War 2.

And once I’m back in Blighty, I’ll be resuming my amateur career in brass bands (if I have any friends left after this blog post). Once there, I really don’t want to have to play hymns to respect future victims of further atrocities resembling recent tragedies at London’s Westminster Bridge or in Manchester.

I hope we are all soon playing an entirely different tune. Tolerance mixed with apathy leads to disaster – and this really cannot go on.

My interview with Tommy Robinson in Prague last September:

Thanks to Richard Saxe-Coburg on Youtube for this clip: