Growing paranoia and hate may prove Woolwich legacy

The savage killing of soldier Lee Rigby may signal a change of tack by Islamist extremists - and a hardening of attitudes toward 'national security', writes Ben Quinn.

25th May, 2013
A man contemplates at a floral tribute outside Woolwich Barracks in London last week close to where a British soldier was murdered by suspected Islamists in a savage knife attack. Photo: Getty

The people of Woolwich in south-east London are no strangers to the suffering caused by acts of terror. In 1974, a sales clerk and an off-duty soldier from the nearby Royal Artillery barracks were killed, and dozens injured, when six pounds of gelignite laced with shrapnel were thrown into a pub by a Provisional IRA unit that later became known as the Balcombe Street Gang.

The military base was itself targeted a decade later, in December...

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