Acid attacks are booming in England, and the BBC pretends to wonder why and what can be done about them.
In an article Friday titled, "Acid attacks: What has led to the rise and how can they be stopped?," George Mann of the BBC noted that assaults involving corrosive substances have more than doubled in England since 2012, that the vast majority of cases were in London, and that this spike "means the UK has the highest number of reported acid attacks per capita in the world," according to the London charity Acid Survivors Trust International.
What Mann didn't note in his article is any variation on the words "Islam," "Muslim," or "immigrant."
About a third of last year's acid attacks in London took place in the borough of Newham, which, along with Tower Hamlets, is the most heavily Muslim-populated area in the capital. Rather than address the obvious source of this surge in barbaric acid attacks -- the growing Muslim population in the UK, particularly in London (where coincidentally there happens to have been a recent spike in Islamic terror attacks) -- the willfully blind authorities naturally are calling for more restrictions on the weapon itself.
There are currently no age restrictions on buying household bleach or drain-cleaning products containing acid in the UK. Labour MP Stephen Timms says that carrying a bottle without justification should be considered an offense as serious as carrying a knife. Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton of the National Police Chiefs Council recommended various regulations on the sale and possession of acid. Jaf Shah, from the London charity Acid Survivors Trust International, is also calling for tighter regulations on the sale of acid. Dr. Simon Harding, a Middlesex University criminologist, says acid is becoming "a weapon of first choice" because "gang members" know that "the charges are more serious if you are caught with a knife." He says acid should be made less readily available and the sentencing should be harsher.
None of this will stop acid attacks carried out by British Muslims. As the Muslim population grows both in England and elsewhere in Europe, acid attacks will proliferate.