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Look out, he’s got a matchbox!

I have mentioned before that I view individual defensive weapons as being in the same class of objects as fire extinguishers and first-aid boxes. We would prefer not to have to use them at all, but keep them ready because if they are ever needed they will be needed now, not in a few minutes’ time, because the situation will not allow those involved to wait for the arrival of an emergency service.

News of yet another ‘Allah Akhbar’ attack in the USA confirms this view.

It is clear that the enemy within, long accustomed to the lethal use of a breadknife, has now qualified on carving knives as well.

Since ‘our’ government and ‘our’ police, for their own political reasons, choose to regard criticism of this stripe of terrorism as a more serious crime than the terrorism itself, any attempt at self-defence against the terrorists will naturally be repressed with the utmost harshness, while media traitors continue to bleat obediently about a ‘religion of peace’.

We are therefore ‘behind enemy lines’ in our own country; it is as though we were escaped POWs, with every hand against us, and not even a Switzerland to escape to.

We must get tough. Captain Fairbairn, co-designer of the Fairbairn-Sykes and Applegate-Fairbairn fighting knives, wrote a book for British forces in WWII with exactly that title. In it, huge potato-faced members of the Nazi lumpenproletariat, officered by thin, monocled, cruel-looking Junkers, are knocked for six by heroic, if perhaps slightly less well-dressed, British fellows, mostly played by Kenneth More.

I commend to readers’ attention in particular his exposition upon the stick, since this is one of the few weapons one may get away with carrying in what is left of England, and also, for its ingenuity, the piece about how to disarm said cruel-looking Junker officer of his pistol when one is his prisoner, but is armed with an empty matchbox.

Fairbairn’s method of reliable unarmed killing is also likely to be appropriate to circumstances in which a surviving attacker will be treated as the ‘victim’ of the defender, and assisted by ‘society’ in pursuing that defender at law.