Ingrid Loyau-Kennett is the 48-year-old British mother-of-two and Cub Scout leader who rocketed to fame when she confronted the Woolwich murderers, despite their knives, hatchets, and guns, and despite the fact that they were still soaked in Drummer Lee Rigby’s blood. She has since given an extended interview to The Telegraph, in which she talks about her thoughts as she faced them down and about the substance of her talk with these jihadi murderers.
It turns out that Loyau-Kennett could have avoided the incident altogether if she’d wished to do so. She was riding on a passing bus. When she saw Rigby’s body, she didn’t realize he was beyond all human aid, so she hopped off the bus to provide any help that she could.
As she was crouching over Rigby’s body, she looked up to find herself directly confronting, Michael Adebolajo, one of Rigby’s killers. That Adebolajo brought jihad to London’s streets shouldn’t have come as a surprise to the authorities. Britain actually allowed him reentry to England from Kenya after Kenya deported him when he’d tried to join the Somali branch of al Qaeda.
Loyau-Kennett told The Telegraph what happened next:
“And then when I went up there was this black guy with a revolver and a kitchen knife, he had what looked like butcher’s tools and he had a little axe, to cut the bones, and two large knives and he said ‘move off the body’.
“So I thought ‘OK, I don’t know what is going on here’ and he was covered with blood. I thought I had better start talking to him before he starts attacking somebody else. I thought these people usually have a message so I said ‘what do you want?’
“I asked him if he did it and he said yes and I said why? And he said because he has killed Muslim people in Muslim countries, he said he was a British soldier and I said really and he said ‘I killed him because he killed Muslims and I am fed up with people killing Muslims in Afghanistan they have nothing to do there.”
In an act of extraordinary selflessness, even as she discovered that the man who had approached her was more heavily armed than she first realized and that he had an equally armed companion, Loyau-Kennett deliberately decided to engage him in conversation in the hopes that he would focus on her and ignore the people around her:
“I started to talk to him and I started to notice more weapons and the guy behind him with more weapons as well. By then, people had started to gather around. So I thought OK, I should keep him talking to me before he noticed everything around him.
“He was not high, he was not on drugs, he was not an alcoholic or drunk, he was just distressed, upset. He was in full control of his decisions and ready to everything he wanted to do.
I said ‘right now it is only you versus many people, you are going to lose, what would you like to do?’ and he said ‘I would like to stay and fight.’”
When Adebolajo went off to preach jihad to other bystanders, Loyau-Kennett then tried to distract the second killer, a conversation that resulted in the viral photograph of her calmly speaking to a murder who still clutched his knife in his hands:
”The other one was much shier and I went to him and I said ‘well, what about you? Would you like to give me what you have in your hands?’ I did not want to say weapons but I thought it was better having them aimed on one person like me rather than everybody there, children were starting to leave school as well.”
Meanwhile, Amanda Donnelly and her daughter Gemini Donnelly-Martin made the decision that “No man should have to die like that in the street with no-one around him.” Both of them insisted to the killers that they be allowed to sit with Drummer Rigby’s body and to shield it from further desecration. Amanda, unfazed by his horrific wounds and decapitation, gently cradled Rigby’s remains as she prayed over him.
Afterwards, Gemini insisted that “We did what anyone would do. We just wanted to take care of the man. It wasn’t brave. Anyone would have done it. It had to be done.”
Gemini is wrong: No one there was willing to do it. The British, trained to passivity by generations of socialism, political correctness, and European Union micromanagement, did nothing, Instead, they stood around as three women protected them and cared for the dead, and passively waited the endless twenty minutes for an armed police unit to show up.
If an identical event (God forbid) were to happen on America’s streets, how do you think Americans would respond? Would we passively await the police or would Americans act to disarm and seize the murderers?