In the wake of the murder of British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby there have been numerous public discussions about the use of the word 'Terrorist' in reference to the killers. After the 'War on Terror', is the term now meaningless, or does it still accurately describe Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale?
London is still in shock from the public beheading of an off-duty soldier two days ago. In recent years the war-time 'Keep Calm and Carry On' posters have become popular, but can the British public prove its legendary resolve and not succumb to fear and hatred?
There will always be people who look at Muslims, specifically those who hail from places like the Middle-East and Africa, and see only barbarians. These people will invariably be wrong; every Muslim, Arab, African etc. is no more assured of being a ruthless murderer than every member of any other culture on the planet. But a question has to asked about what it takes within someone's personality to be able to literally try to decapitate a man, in public or otherwise.
To most Muslims, the murderers responsible for the depraved attack on an innocent man have nothing to do with Islam. They practice a religion that promotes community, charity, spirituality and respect for the law. Extreme acts of violence have no place in true Islam, just as they have no place in true Christianity or Judaism.