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Hitchens calling

May 12, 2007

I’m not quite sure what to make of this article, “Londonistan Calling”, by Christopher Hitchens, and that’s a fact. I get more than a slight sense of panic, the emotion least conducive to rational responses. But then I don’ t live there.

This seems right:

In the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings, which killed 52 civilians (including a young Afghan, Atique Sharifi, who had fled to London to escape the Taliban) and injured hundreds more, I found that American television interviewers were all asking me the same question: How can this be? Britain is the country of warm beer and cricket and rain-lashed seaside resorts, not a place of arms for exotic and morbid cults. British press coverage struck the same plaintive note. One of the murderers, Shehzad Tanweer, was a cricket enthusiast from Leeds, in Yorkshire, whose family ran a fish-and-chips shop. You can’t get much more assimilated than that. Yet Britain’s former head of domestic intelligence, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller (and you can’t get much more British than that, either), said last year that there are more than “1,600 identified individuals” within the borders of the kingdom who are ready to follow Tanweer’s example (including those in whose honor we now all have to part with our liquids and gels at the airport). And, according to Manningham-Buller, “over 100,000 of our citizens consider the July 2005 attacks in London justified.”

Then there’s this:

I find myself haunted by a challenge that was offered on the BBC by a Muslim activist named Anjem Choudary: a man who has praised the 9/11 murders as “magnificent” and proclaimed that “Britain belongs to Allah.” When asked if he might prefer to move to a country which practices Shari’a, he replied: “Who says you own Britain anyway?” A question that will have to be answered one way or another.

Anyway, here’s the video, Undercover Mosque, that the Dude talks about in the article.

Maybe I’ll have a firmer opinion after I’ve watched it.

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One comment

  1. […] from the UK Pommygranate assesses Tony Blair’s political legacy. Still on matters Pommy, Rob can’t quite get his head around a piece from Christopher Hitchens. Go help him […]



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