Thursday, May 24, 2007


If, as I believe, there are over 1.5 million Muslims in Britain, and a survey published in the Guardian shows that 16% of them regard suicide bombings against civilian targets as justified, a figure that rises to 35% of the under-thirties, it seems complacent in the extreme for the reporter to describe these as pockets of disaffection.

Hundreds of thousands in our small island. Some pockets!

P.S. In an article in today's Guardian, Matt Waldman of Oxfam warns that the international community is in danger of repeating in Afghanistan the mistakes made in Iraq. One of them is evidenced by the one-third of Afghans who think democracy is incompatible with Islamic values. And the other two-thirds?

Funny how we never heard these appeals on behalf of the anti-democratic minority in apartheid South Africa!

Here, there, then, and now, I'm with the majority.

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