The UK Guardian is reporting a new and infuriating revelation about Salman Abedi, the British citizen of Libyan descent who blew himself up with a suicide vest at last year’s Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, injuring 200 people and killing 22, including children. It turns out that the British government actually rescued him from Libya and returned him to Great Britain, even though he had been a terrorist “subject of interest” and been monitored by security services for his radical Islamist views after he left the UK for Libya four years ago. When about 100 British citizens, including Abedi and his brothers, got stranded in that dangerous and failing nation, British Special Forces rescued them and brought them back to the UK (a month prior to this, the monitoring of Abedi had been closed for unknown reasons.)
The news that the government not only dropped the ball on monitoring Abedi but actually brought him back from Libya where he committed his act of mass murder of innocents has infuriated many Britons (although some might be afraid to say so for fear of being prosecuted for speech crimes.) One politician said, “For this man to commit such an atrocity on U.K. soil after we rescued him from Libya was an act of utter betrayal.” Actually, that’s not quite accurate. It might have been a betrayal of Britain, but to someone like Abedi, he was simply being true to his nature, like the fable about the scorpion’s explanation for why it stang the frog that was giving it a ride across the river, dooming them both to die: “It’s in my nature.”
If only someone in the British government had cared enough about the safety of the nation’s citizens to stop people with potentially deadly intent from coming into the country from terrorism-infested nations. But then, we know what British politicians would say about a leader who tried to do that.