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I had not seen the pictures. I finally saw them this morning and am utterly outraged- no wonder that people are so angry. It is totally unacceptable. They are deep insults to my most profound beliefs.

No- not the cartoons- the placards that the demonstrators carried protesting them.

"Behead those who insult Islam" "Freedom of Expression Go to Hell !!" "Massacre those who insult Islam".

This is totally unacceptable. It is not, however, a "clash of civilizations" it is a fight between Civilization and Barbarism. It is a fight between peaceful self expression and mediaeval bigotry.

It is not a fight that I intend to lose.

This is why I can only view with irritation the absurd legislation outlawing something called "glorification of terrorism" that this government proposes. Ridiculous, ill conceived legislation -while it is typical of this Labour government- weakens us in our fight with these savages.

We must not back down in the face of what is obviously an orchestrated campaign to stir up Muslim feeling against the West. The fact that it has taken months for the cartoons to become an issue reflects that fact that the leaders of the Islamo-fascists are using them in a twisted and cynical attempt to undermine moderation and tolerance- not least that which exists amongst Muslims themselves.

The fact is that, despite the depraved violence against Danish interests, it is Muslims themselves who have died, Muslims who have been injured, and Muslims that have lost their property. As with Hitler and Germany, the biggest victims of fascism are those in whose name the fascists purport to serve.

Nevertheless, there is a deliberate plot to challenge the fabric of Western tolerance- and we must face down this evil.

Mr. Blair's failure is that he reveals himself to be confused and craven at the same time- and this challenge, above all that we have faced in my lifetime, demands a clear mind and a clear message.


Daniel B. said…
Memories are sometimes deceiving, but often is the case, that they are sweet.
Daniel B. said…
Memories are sometimes deceiving, but often is the case, that they are sweet.
Angus J Huck said…
A category which you do not excoriate in your post, and perhaps should do, is that part of the UK left which seeks to manipulate Islamic fundamentalism and use it for its own purposes.

Respect, after all, is nothing more than a SWP backed "popular front" which draws militant Moslems into its orbit in the hope that it can direct their anger against its enemies.

This is nothing new. In 1979, the UK left was an enthusiastic supporter of the overthrow of the Shah of Iran. Khomeini would be in power for only a few months, we were told. He was just the stalking horse. Once the Shah was out of the way, there would be a genuine Marxist revolution. In the event, much of the Iranian Marxist left ended up facing Kohmeini's firing-squads.

Moslem fundamentalists cannot be manipulated. Not by George Galloway, not by the SWP. They are far too focused on their own agenda, which is the establishment of a worldwide Islamic dictatorship.

Anyone who tries to make common cause with them is playing a very dangerous game.

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