SEARCHING questions must be asked about the latest outburst of violence on our streets.
Nothing can minimise nor justify nor excuse the actions of the hate-filled fanatic who targeted a group of people going about their business near the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London for the reason of their religion.
But personal condemnation of one murderer is not nearly enough.
As this newspaper made clear after the killings in central London two weeks ago, and has always made clear, the deeper causes of such terrorist outrages deserve intense scrutiny and action.
Recently months have seen three dozen people killed on the streets of Manchester and London by Islamist fanatics — acts that were at least in part a predictable and predicted reaction to the foreign policy of this country and its allies.
Now we have a man using a motor vehicle to deliberately target ordinary Muslims going about their daily lives, badly hurting several people, screaming about his murderous quest to “kill Muslims,” later laughing about what he had done.
Yet it would be entirely wrong to argue that this is “just” a hate crime.
As Kevin Ovenden shows clearly in these pages, Islamophobia in this country occupies a sordid special spot.
It is a hatred that has been whipped up by the powerful and become a political tool.