Hobchild: Normally I love a good theological debate but I've only just stumbled onto this one and it's late so all I'm going to say on the matter is this.
Believe what you like but for humanity's sake stop killing people over it.
It concerns me that there was very little consideration that this was performed by just 2 individuals, yet a whole religion gets nailed for it by what seems to be a quite large percentage of the population. Seldom do you see a crime committed where the criminal hangs around to deliver his reasoning for the crime, the media addressed this as a "rant" I think his words were something along the lines of "this happens every day in our country", isn't that a massive clue as to what drives these extremists. His actions were a reaction to the atrocities of war, That seems to have escaped much analysis.
Complex situations deserve complex analysis yet the answers provided by British politicians and strategists were all about being "more vigilant". We wonder why these extremists exist without thinking much about what what happens to them on a daily basis as a result of war action.
If society has a strength it's well informed public debate, not breeding polarised haters ready to commit further wars on largely innocent populations on the basis of religion, race or any other divisive factor. It's becoming ingrained on both sides, not a good recipe. Make no mistake I think what happened was absolutely terrible but we seldom consider the result of our war efforts on huge numbers of innocent people/collateral damage. Being "more vigilant" and the style of the media reaction seems to just invoke more fear in the populations, surely that isn't the goal.