On May 22nd, 2013 a British soldier in uniform was attacked outside of an army barracks in Woolwich, England. He was viciously beheaded by two males, both believed to be Muslims who shouted things associated with radical Islam. Things such as “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you,” and “Allahu Akbar,” which is Arabic for “God is great.” The two men, even though bystanders say could have attempted to flee the scene if they had intended, did not leave the scene of the crime and were arrested by police after being wounded.
The British government believes this attack on the soldier is a terrorist incident, and MI5, the counter-intelligence agency of the United Kingdom, is now stating that it knew about the two suspects for roughly eight years prior, although the attack on May 22nd would have been impossible to predict or stop.
While it’s unknown if the two suspects are related to Al-Qaeda or another radical terrorist organization, this attack does bear some semblance to the wave of violence in France in 2012. Neither was connected to Al-Qaeda, and both were committed because of Western intervention in the Middle East. While this is occurring alongside a wave of unrest in Stockholm, Sweden, one cannot help but wonder if there is another wave of violence beginning to ravage Europe this year.