The Woolwich Effect

According to the official reports, British soldier Lee Rigby, 25, was murdered on a street in Woolwich in southeast London on May 22, 2013 [1, 2].

At the scene on Wednesday there were two alleged suspects carrying knives and a meat cleaver. One of them, British-born Nigerian Michael Olumide Adebolajo, was filmed by a bystander at Adebolajo’s request after he had “beheaded” [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] his victim with a sword or a machete. The other man is Michael Adebowale, according to BBC. It was also reported that Rigby was ran over by the two men, with their car.

However, because of contradicting reports by the media and officials it still remains unclear how the victim actually died and what the actual condition is of his body.

When considering the original video footage, such as provided by The Sun (further below), it does not seem to be true at all that the victim was decapitated by the two men. All reports claiming otherwise are not correct.

Woolwich, victim
People, including officials, simply standing by when a man was allegedly decapitated is not the response you want to see. Not to mention the fact that the crime scene should have been covered with blood after the victim was beheaded.

In the first reports by the media it was immediately stated that the tragic event, in Artillery Place near its junction with John Wilson Street, was a terrorist attack. To claim that this was a terrorist attack in such an early stage of the aftermath can not be justified by anyone, since the investigation had just started. Of course the words had already been spoken and written. By doing so the polarity, division, in the public opinion was created, the visitors for the numerous online mainstream venues were generated and the sales of corporate newspapers were guaranteed.

It would be most irresponsible for anyone to assume that mainstream news outlets like the BBC would already have had all the facts on what happened in Woolwich. More so, given the fact that those same established outlets are known for their misrepresentation on other cases such as the explosions at the Boston Marathon, Fukushima on 3/11 in 2011, the recent nuclear attacks on Syria, 9/11 and building 7 at the World Trade Center which was reported by the BBC to have been taken down 20 minutes before it actually happened.

Talking about misrepresentation, and other news outlets even tried to claim for a while that Adebolajo and Adebowale “may have been inspired by the Boston bombings.” Later on they changed their article and deleted any reference to the Boston Marathon, as they found out that they were making a complete fool of themselves by publishing such disinformation. They didn’t even bother to change their URL to that article ( But the story got picked up by other websites and by bloggers so the text is still online, here’s an excerpt:

  • “One expert says the shocking attack may have been inspired by the Boston bombings. … Counter-terrorism expert Richard Barrett suggests the attackers may have been ‘copycats’ of the Boston bombers. … It may be that this is a copycat after the Boston bombings. That two individuals could cause a lot of mayhem is maybe more of an inspiration than attacking soldiers.”

However, may be one of the smarter news sources because not all news outlets have dropped the article and the silly, unfounded references to the Boston bombings as the Google search results for “Richard Barrett woolwich boston bombings” confirm. ITV News, BigPond News, The Telegraph and TVNZ still continue to misinform their readers. Now why would they want to do that? Those disinformation attempts are so transparent, it shows why mainstream news sources are losing their credibility.

Therefore, untill more accurate details become available, the rest of this article will only be focussed on the causes of the Woolwich event, how it affects society and why we all are in the current situation.

As it is for the time being, there’s much more than only a crime scene in Woolwich. To understand this we need to take Michael Olumide Adebolajo’s video statement in account.

In The Sun’s video footage, from May 22, it becomes clear that Adebolajo said more than what is being reported by most of the media outlets.

Link to video:

  • “The only reason we have killed this man today is because muslims are dying daily by British soldiers and this British soldier is one. He is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. By Allah, by the mighty Allah, we will never stop fighting you untill you leave us alone. So what if we want to live by the sharia in muslim lands, why does that mean you must [fool] us and chase us and call us extremists and kill us? While you are extreme, willing to bombard. Do you think it picks one person or rather your bomb wipes out a whole family? This is the reality. By Allah, if I saw your mother today with [?] I would help her up the stairs, this is my nature. [?] We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. … I apologise that women had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you. You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns, you think your politicians are going to die? No, it’s going to be the average guy like you and your children. So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our [British, …] troops back so you can all live in peace. Leave our lands and you will live in peace. That’s all I have to say.”

“Untill You Leave Us Alone”

From Adebolajo’s words we can assume that his acts (which we do not support in any way) are the result of the continuing interference by the UK (and other governments for that matter) in Nigeria. This could be in reference to the high-level corporate interference by Shell [1, 2] and financial institutions [1, 2], military and political “activity” in Nigeria [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8], including the plans of Al Qaeda which is being sponsored [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] by Western governments.

“While nothing can justify the killing of a British soldier, the link to Britain’s vicious occupations abroad cannot be ignored.”The Guardian, May 23, 2013.

Aside from what happened last Wednesday, it is indeed true that the biggest problem and catalyst for further division in the Middle East, Africa and the rest of the world is the continuing interference in other nations by foreign or global governments and corporations. It seems very unlikely that stability and peace will ever be accomplished as long as this view is not recognized by the general public in every country.

“Was the London killing of a British soldier ‘terrorism’? What definition of the term includes this horrific act of violence but excludes the acts of the US, the UK and its allies?”The Guardian, May 23, 2013.

“Some people’s lives are yet again more worth than other people’s lives. Imagine we gave every teenage knifing victim or every woman killed by a (former) partner the same coverage. I could go on… People killed in Iraq by Western forces e.g. (those lives really aren’t worth much in the media apparently)”Politics-R-Us, May 22, 2013.

Because the media, in general, was so eager to jump on the “terrorist” bandwagon they have again fueled hatred, further deviding the different cultures. Unfortunately, existing factions in our society are now using the Woolwich incident in favor of their own agendas [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

Luckily, also positive responses come forward, such as this video message by a member of the sikh community:

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When we really want to see a united humanity on this planet then we better start to see and accept the facts for what they are. Denial has done us no good and is the reason why we find ourselves in the current divided situations.

Across the world, so many people, organizations and institutions claim that they want a society where there’s peace and equity. Well, hopefully we can start building that kind of society here and now. If not, you better stop preaching and campaigning because it’s not doing the world any favors when people’s minds, eyes and ears are not available for the messages of truth.