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calendar   Tuesday - November 04, 2014

Of Course It Was A Muslim

UK Army Cadet, 15, Burned With Pocket Flamethrower
While Selling Remembrance Day Poppies

An Army cadet suffered burns in an unprovoked attack after selling poppies for Remembrance Day.

The 15-year-old boy was waiting at a bus stop in his camouflage uniform when a man holding an aerosol can and cigarette lighter approached him.

He then sprayed the terrified boy with blazing fumes before walking off without saying a word.

The cadet suffered minor burns to his face and singed hairs on his face and right forearm.

Police are keeping an open mind about what motivated the attack in Manchester city centre on Saturday.

The attacker, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, was described as black or Asian, 5ft 8in tall and wearing a dark hooded top.
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‘This is an absolutely appalling attack on a young man who was raising money to help remember all those who gave their lives fighting bravely for their country,’ said Detective Inspector Liam Boden from Greater Manchester Police.

‘Given the initial description we have of the offender, it may be that he was under the influence of something but whatever his motivation, his violent actions could have scarred this young man for life.

‘It is pure luck that he did not sustain more serious burns to his face and body.


They take the poppy thing quite seriously over there. Not merely as a cheap gimmee to help raise funds for military aligned organizations, but the whole poppy thing, what it’s all about. The remembering.

Here ... look:

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That’s the Tower of London. See the red area? That’s the moat that surrounds this ancient fortress. It’s dry now, and covers 16 acres.

Why is the 16 acre moat red?

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The moat is red because it’s filled with red ceramic poppies
. Lots of them. Thousands of them.  888,246 to be exact. Which is the number of soldiers lost by the British Empire in the First World War. Every flower is a death. 100 years ago.
It’s part of the Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red public history presentation, running from August 5 (the day the war started) to November 11 (Remembrance Day, the day the war ended [4 years later]). Each ceramic flower is paid for by proceeds from the sale of the little paper ones. Assuming some crazed idiot doesn’t burn the sellers alive.

OTOH ...
OTOH, there is this. Proud to be a British Muslim, perhaps the great-grandchild of British Muslims, who may have served with honor in that long ago conflict? Don’t burn the poppy, embrace it. My guess is you’ve got to be a bit modern for this, a bit apostate, putting country before religion and all that.

More than 300,000 soldiers of the Empire were Muslims in that war. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/04/2014 at 03:35 AM   
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