Not to sound like a broken record, but while we get our collective knickers in a twist about whether comments by presidential candidates are tasteless or offensive, we forget those who truly wish to do us harm are continuing with their nefarious plans.
The UK Daily Mail reports that British jihadis plan to blow up the Queen next weekend at an event to mark the anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
On the day Britain commemorates the end of one long and bloody war, Islamic State terrorists hoped to begin a new one. The detailed and specific plot to bomb this week’s Victory over Japan Day celebrations is the clearest and most chilling evidence yet of the threat posed to this country by the murderous extremists based in Syria and Iraq.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that police and MI5 are involved in a frantic race against time to thwart the assassination plot being orchestrated from Syria by Islamic State commanders.
The extremists aim to strike (next) Saturday by exploding a deadly pressure cooker bomb during events in Central London to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day – Victory in Japan.
Sources have told this newspaper that a specific threat was made against the Queen, triggering an urgent review of security arrangements for next weekend’s events.
The plot is understood to involve a device similar to that used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing which killed three people and injured more than 260.
While hundreds of IS converts have left UK for Syria and Iraq over the past two years, others have been urged to remain in the UK and launch attacks on home soil.
Although The Mail on Sunday understands that no arrests have been made, counter-terrorism officers are monitoring the plot’s development.
Two months ago, a series of terror manuals providing step-by-step instructions on how to launch ‘lone wolf’ attacks on the UK and the West were circulated online. They gave detailed advice on bomb-making, assassinations and firearms techniques similar to those deployed by terrorists during attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France.
Last November, police stopped an alleged plan to launch an attack on Remembrance Sunday after arresting four men in London and High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
Last month, police chiefs warned officers not to wear their uniforms to and from work as Islamic terrorists were looking to target officers.
In a separate development (the Mail) can disclose that British Special Forces are watching migrants in Calais and Dover to detain IS terrorists attempting to enter Britain.
Police and security services are known to be fearful of young Britons travelling to fight in the Middle East and Africa gaining experience on the frontline, then returning home to use it with deadly effect. But the plot revealed by The Mail on Sunday shows that from their battlefields, IS’s own commanders are also directing atrocities to take place on British soil.
Don’t think for a second the same thing isn’t being considered and planned on our shores. We ignore the threat at our own peril. We must secure our borders. We must remain vigilant. And we must focus on the things that truly matter.
[NOTE: This article was written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief]