The reprisals have started.
On my way into town this morning I spotted a police car parked up on the other side of the road. Then I saw there was a area tapped off. It couldn't be I thought to myself.
In the little row of shops, a cobbler, a mechanic, property barely more than terraced houses, there is a mosque. Its nothing extravagant at all - it doesn't advertise its presence, I'd driven past it for years and not noticed it at all. The windows just have an Arabic arch thing going on and have been painted green.
In the past I've seen small amounts of grafiti on the front, no more than any wall sees in a city. Today I couldn't really believe it - at least I didn't want to.
The front door and porch had been torched. On the way back the door was open with police going in and out - it looked like the whole ground floor had gone up. Petrol poured through the letter box I guess.
I'd thought that small minded people had got this crap out of their system in 2001. Lumping together extremists with ordinary people simply because they have the same religious texts is just crazy. You know it. I know it.
I think the thugs that torched the mosque know it really. "They're all suicide bombers" Kilroy-Silk type logic is just a cover - the thugs just don't like people that are less white than they are.