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August 3, 2005

Another Empire Pay Back?

Ageing hippie Christopher Hitchins talks good sense on Fox News about English leniency being partly to blame for recent Anglo-Muslim extremism. He interestingly mentions break up of British Empire and the Partition of India as a possibly deeper cause of (Pakistani) Islamist resentment than the similarly-aged and British-engineered creation of Israel. More organic food for thought in this exhausting period of English reassessment.

Posted by Iain Stewart at 4:40 PM in bombings 2005 and england and islam
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Normally I'm a bit wary of anything on Fox, but I'd be interested in seeing what Hitchens has to say. Unfortunately my mac version of windows media doesn't want to find out - do you know if there's a transcript of the interview anywhere?

Posted by: Brother Paul at August 9, 2005 6:13 PM

Hi Paul - how are you?

I can imagine few organisations less likely to keep transcripts, let alone provide them, than Fox News, but who knows?

In a verbose nutshell to save you the aggro, hard-smokin' Chris Hitchins said roughly that natural British leniency towards incendiary Islamist clerics etc was partly responsible for the July events in London.

He then plugged a (the?) thesis of Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown (yesterday 7/1 3rd favourite for the Booker) that the Partition of India was more radicalising for Britain's Muslims than the roughly contemporaneous creation of Israel. Prompted by the pretty Fox presenter 'So we have to go as far back in history as that?', Hitchins sang from his current songsheet - with which I am much in sympathetic tune - warbling huskily 'Why not? At least it pulls the rug from under the anti-Blair idiots who blame everything on the Iraq War'. (Brokenenglish disclaimer: this synopsis no more than regurgitations from a dimming memory bank).

Posted by: Iain Stewart [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 11, 2005 9:22 AM

Thanks for this, Iain. There are so many strands in this epic of disaster. I certainly feel that ever since 9/11 we ie UK have been in the cross-hairs of Wahabist Caliphatic weapons-systems. Sorry about the odd sentence but I think you know what I mean. Problem was the Bush/Blair messiah complex in attacking Saddam , which seems to have made everything infinitely worse... If the military and economic resources that have gone into Iraq had been focussed on stabilising Afghanistan and stopping OBL before he became the Colonel Sanders of global terror... Now for some young UK Muslims it seems he's bigger than Elvis and they all w ant to form tribute bands...
William Burroughs was very astute about all this in 1959. I have no solutions except intelligence, intelligence, intelligence...

Hope is well with you. Not much new here, except that I now havea grandson, as of yesterday, via Tristan an d his wife.

Posted by: Brother Paul at August 13, 2005 5:39 PM

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