British media coverage of events in Woolwich this week would make you believe that the country is at war with another superpower, with enemy planes bombing British cities with nuclear missiles.
A state of extreme emergency has been declared, with Prime Minister David Cameron cutting short a state visit to Paris and returning to London to hold a top level security meeting in Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA), with senior intelligence and police figures.
The cause of all of this is two young Muslims, of Nigerian descent, one of whom converted to Islam ten years ago, who used machetes and a meat cleaver to brutally murder a British soldier on the streets of London in broad daylight. Witnesses said one of them shouted 'Allah Hu Akbar' [God is greater] as he attacked the soldier.
This crime has been condemned by Muslim and non-Muslim groups far and wide, and the manner of the killing, the brutality of it, demonstrates the furthest reaches of extremism.
Extremists exist in all societies, not just among Muslim communities.Abdel Bari Atwan