I note that the popular writer Ian McEwan has launched an astonishingly strong attack on Islamism, saying that he "despises" it and accusing it of "wanting to create a society that I detest". His words, in an interview with an Italian newspaper, could, in today’s febrile legalistic climate, lay him open to being investigated for a "hate crime". Instead I think it demonstrates that he is a most sensible man who tells it like it is!
"In an interview with Guido Santevecchi, a London correspondent for Corriere della Sera, the Booker-winning novelist said he rarely grants interviews on controversial issues "because I have to be careful to protect my privacy". But he said that he was glad to leap to the defence of his old friend Martin Amis when the latter’s attacks on Muslims brought down charges of racism on his head. He made an exception of the Islamic issue out of friendship to Amis, and because he shares the latter’s strong opinions. "A dear friend had been called a racist," he said. "As soon as a writer expresses an opinion against Islamism, immediately someone on the left leaps to his feet and claims that because the majority of Muslims are dark-skinned, he who criticises it is racist. This is logically absurd and morally unacceptable. Martin is not a racist. And I myself despise Islamism, because it wants to create a society that I detest, based on religious belief, on a text, on lack of freedom for women, intolerance towards homosexuality and so on – we know it well."
What’s the problem with this? Islam DOES seek to return us to the dark ages and eradicate all our LIBERAL values. McEwan should be given an award for services to free expression.
Rudy Haddad was wearing a kippa (skullcap) when he was set upon by a dozen or more of these thugs – all being of the "African" variety. Haddad was beaten with iron bars indicating that the attack was probably premeditated. Haddad suffered severe neurological damage.
It’s just pathetic that President Sarkozy comes out with the formulaic statement "renewing total determination to fighti all forms of racism and anti-Semitism." There is only ONE FORM of racism on display here and it is a hatred of the Jewish people by certain MUSLIMS. All the beating about the euphemistic bush with "African youths" is just plain denialism. There is a vicious form of anti-Semitism stalking Parisian walkways and it is time the French stopped equivocating on the issue. Unless, like so many other European governments, they are scared to criticise Islamists
Excellent article here by Hugh Fitzgerald concerning the monumental folly being considered by Israeli PM Ehud Olmert in handing over the Golan Heights to Iran’s surrogate, Syria…
"Unlike the Jewish villages in Gaza, a place Israel never formally annexed, the Golan is different. It has been so annexed, and Olmert has no power — or should have no power – to undo that formal annexing. The Golan Heights were annexed, that is became part of Israel, because they are critical to Israel’s survival. From those heights one looks down on the Sea of Galilee. When Syria possessed it, they could, and sometimes did, rain fire on the Israeli villages and kibbutzim below. It contains 15% of the water on which Israel depends. It is incredibly difficult to seize – Israel did it once, during the nearly-miraculous conditions of the Six-Day War, but those conditions will never occur again, and the notion that if the Syrians misbehave that the Golan Heights can be re-taken is both silly, and cruel to Israeli soldiers, who are not treated by their own foolish governments with the solicitousness they deserve. If Syria does not obtain the Golan Heights back by inveigling Israel to give it back, Syria will never be able to get it back any other way — and should not."
Hugh is quite right but Olmert is a desperate man and he will do anything to deflect attention from the ever tightening legal rope around his throat. The sooner Israel gets to votes and remove Olmert and his Kadima rabble the better. Israel need CHANGE.
More Nanny Statism from the deranged socialists that run Scotland.
Businesses will be encouraged to monitor the weight of their employees as part of a £56m Government plan to tackle Scotland’s "obesity epidemic". Workers will type in their weight every morning – using Government-provided software – allowing occupational health staff to spot significant weight gain and offer early help, under the scheme unveiled by ministers. How nice! Ministers will also order a retraining programme for midwives and health visitors to ensure that they can give the most up-to-date advice to pregnant women and mothers. In addition, the SNP will launch a "cooking bus", which will tour Scotland giving advice on healthy eating. Wonder if deep fried Mars bars will be available as cold turkey, so to speak? It is only a matter of time before Ministers control what we shall eat and what we shall drink, eroding our FREE CHOICE to whatever we wish. I fully apreciate the virtues of a healthy diet and practise it myself but that is MY choice and I see no reason why anyone else should be forced to emulate it.
I fully understand and agree with the decision of Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to pull out of the presidential run-off on 27 June. The decision, taken at a meeting of the leadership of the Movement for Democratic Change in Harare, means Robert Mugabe will remain as president. The MDC says the decision comes after at least 70 of its supporters have been killed in the run-up to the poll. President Robert Mugabe says the opposition is behind the violence. On Sunday, the opposition was due to stage a rally in the capital – the highlight of the campaign. But supporters of Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF occupied the stadium and roads leading up to it – and reportedly beat up opposition activists.
It is IMPOSSIBLE for a free and fair election to be held in Zimbabwe and this situation will remain will the wicked Mugabe stays in power. Thanks to the almost complete indifference of the African Union this situation is likely to prevail with the Marxist tyrant Mugabe keeping hold of the reins of power at ALL COSTS. I think Mr Tsvangiri and his associates are brave people, trying their best to oppose the monster that sits in power but they could have not have won this election since Mugabe has so perverted the democratic system that only a result acceptable to him is permissible.
What is happening in Zimbabwe is a crying shame. I’ve been writing about it for some time now here on ATW and each time I cover it I cannot help feeling a sense of sorrow for those many Zimbabweans left to the tender mercies of Mugabe because fellow African political leaders – South African IN PARTICULAR – just shrug their shoulders and look the other way.Where is Saint Nelson Mandela on this one, for example?
The majority of the British public is not convinced that climate change is caused by humans – and many others believe scientists are exaggerating the problem, according to an exclusive poll for left wing paper The Observer. The results have shocked campaigners who hoped that doubts would have been silenced by a report last year by more than 2,500 scientists for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which found a 90 per cent chance that humans were the main cause of climate change and warned that drastic action was needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Guess I am not as isloated as some would suggest, eh?
Those most worried were more likely to have a degree, be in social classes A or B, have a higher income, said Phil Downing, Ipsos MORI’s head of environmental research. Shows that the most gullible can also be the most educated. Not for the first time.
Increasing numbers of young Muslims have become so alienated from mainstream society that they could even lend their support to jihadi terrorism, a new study claims. While most reject violence, many distrust police and are reluctant to inform on extremists. The report was commissioned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) after last year’s failed bomb attacks in London’s West End and at Glasgow Airport. It is to be discussed at Acpo’s annual conference this week.
The report, which is being distributed among senior officers, Whitehall officials and ministers, finds that:
• Anger and disaffection are "widespread in sections of Muslim youth".
• There is tacit support for extremist violence within sections of the Muslim community.
• Police need to do more to win the trust of Muslim communities if they are to tackle radicalisation.
• Many Muslims distrust police and are reluctant to inform on extremists, preferring to deal with problems inside their communities.
This is just so much crap. Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?
1. Islam seeks to ensure that there is no loyalty to the Nation State. The alleged alienation to which this report makes reference is in fact a direct consequence of the Religion of Peace being given special treatment by our gutless government.
2. If Muslims support Jihad, they should be arrested and thrown into prison. We must not tolerate the enemy within.
3. This report strikes me as little more than an exercise in liberal self-flagellation. It is NOT about us winning the "hearts and minds" of angry young Muslims (When are they ever not angry btw?) Surely it is about Muslims both accepting and conforming to OUR laws? The role of the police is to enforce our laws, not to act as bleeding heart apologist’s for Islam.
It is only just over a week since the Irish people said NO to the Lisbon Treaty aka the EU Constitution.
EU leaders have met and considered this verdict. So guess what? It is reported that the Irish government is expected to bow to Franco-German pressure and hold a second referendum to try to rescue the Lisbon treaty that voters rejected this month.
Irish ministers believe it may be able to rescue the treaty if they can secure concessions from Europe to placate voters on a list of issues. “A yes vote can be achieved if the Irish people are offered guarantees on issues like defence and taxation,” said one senior Irish official. “The no campaign will be picked off one by one. Everyone has a price.”
The likely time for a new referendum is next spring so that the treaty can come into force before the June 2009 European election campaign for the Brussels parliament. The date is favoured by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. So much for accepting the will of the people!
Should the Irish vote no again, and I think they will -Gordon Brown would have to choose between siding with Ireland to stop its citizens being turned into second-class Europeans or siding with France and Germany to push ahead with further European Union integration. He will side with France and Germany and bye bye plucky Ireland.
It seems to me that the EU is doing everything possible to treat the Irish people with utter contempt.They said NO to Lisbon, end of story. But the Irish political elite, as the un-named official above states, "have their price." They are political whores and the EU is their pimp.
This coming Friday marks the first year since Gordon Brown inherited the role of UK Prime Minister from Tony Blair. So, how has our Gordon done?
Well, the disastrous decline in Brown’s ratings since he became Prime Minister is underlined in a new poll today showing he has been overtaken by David Cameron in virtually every regard. The Conservative leader has built up such a massive personal lead over the Prime Minister that it will take a political miracle for Mr Brown to recover in time for the next General Election.
A staggering 85 per cent say Mr Brown has performed worse than they expected since becoming leader, against 55 per cent who think Mr Cameron has exceeded expectations. In key areas, the gap between Mr Brown and Mr Cameron has become a chasm. A total of 50 per cent say the Conservative leader is charismatic, compared with just three per cent for Mr Brown. The survey also shows Conservative support at 49 per cent – equal to their highest score under Mr Cameron – with Labour trailing 23 points behind on a lowly 26.
As I said yesterday, Labour will LOSE the next general election and Brown’s period as PM will be viewed as a disaster. In a way he has been unlucky but not as unlucky as those of us who have seen our tax burden relentlessly hiked when Brown was Chancellor. It’s now ALL coming home to roost – NuLabour is toast, and all the Conservatives have to do is watch the meltdown of the NuLabour project under Gordon Brown’s clunky fist.
You do not defeat terrorism by rewarding terrorists, regardless of how many bleeding heart liberals argue otherwise. Want to know where that flawed approach leads to? Read UNIONISM DECAYED 1997-2007 - It's my first book and it explains what happens when you seeek to appease terrorists and call it peace. It's available right now for ATW readers so make sure you get your copy by emailing the editor! This is the book that dissents from the herd mentality that doing wrong can lead to being right. It doesn't and this book spells out WHY.
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