These are all the Blogs posted on Monday, 7, 2008.
Monday, 7 July 2008
Which of the following monarchs is the odd one out and why? (Be careful.)
- Queen Elizabeth I
- Queen Anne
- Queen Victoria
- King George III
- King Richard I*
*"Whenever he returned to England he always set out again immediately for the Mediterranean, and was therefore known as Richard Gare de Lyon." This has nothing to do with the quiz.
Posted on 07/07/2008 6:27 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 7 July 2008
Ruth Rendell speaks out against female genital mutilation
The novelist is campaigning to stop up to 20,000 girls in Britain being mutilated each year, reports Victoria Lambert
When Chief Inspector Wexford, one of Britain's most beloved fictional policemen, is called to investigate his latest case - a body discovered in a trench - he finds his attention diverted by a crime yet to be committed, but one that he knows he is powerless to prevent. It creates a terrible dilemma for the old-fashioned, peaceable, claret-drinking detective.
Wexford learns that a five-year-old girl is due to be brutally mutilated and left permanently disfigured - and that the suspects are the child's parents. It is as horrifying to him as the murder he has to solve. No one understands that conundrum better than Ruth Rendell, the author who created Wexford, and who has placed her hero in this torturous position in Not in the Flesh, due to be published in paperback later this month. For once, this haunting scenario has not been taken from her own imagination but from a real-life situation that happens thousands of times a year in Britain.
'Female genital mutilation (FGM) - or female circumcision - is a dreadful, iniquitous, illegal business - and it is happening here," says Rendell, 78. "As soon as I heard of it, I thought, this must be stopped, but I didn't realise then quite how difficult that would be."
With emigration from Africa, the practice has been taken abroad and is now carried out in America, Australia, most of Europe and, of course, Britain. But just who does it, when and even how are difficult questions to answer as the practice is shrouded in secrecy - as Inspector Wexford himself finds out.
In real life, too, there have been few prepared to speak out against it. One is Somalian supermodel Waris Dirie, who has admitted that she was cut; she has since been appointed a UN Special Ambassador. But the practice continues in many ordinary families behind closed doors.
This secrecy has been the major stumbling block in Rendell's campaign to end FGM in the UK. A recent study produced by the Department of Midwifery, City University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in October 2007 estimated that more than 20,000 girls are at risk in Britain every year - and although doctors and midwives know it goes on, they are powerless to prevent it happening.
"We believe things have improved since 1985, when the Female Circumcision Act was passed which made it a criminal offence in this country," says Rendell, who is patron of the FGM National Clinical Group, based at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson hospital (part of the University College London Hospital NHS Trust). "But over time, that has been thought inadequate. So we secured the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, which makes it a criminal offence to take a child out of the country to have it done abroad. The penalty is a maximum 14 years' imprisonment."
But there have been no prosecutions - even though health professionals and the police are aware the practice continues. "What campaigners need is a girl who turns up at a doctor's surgery with a fresh wound. If she has only just arrived from Somalia, nothing can be done. But if she has been living here for two years, and she tells them that, and the doctors can tell [the cut] was done in that time, then there would be grounds for a prosecution. Until then, we are tied - yet we know it goes on in pretty much all the major cities in the UK."
It is not just the secrecy that perpetuates the practice; it is also a desire for conformity, explains Rendell. "Girls in the community here will ask each other, 'Have you been cut?'?" She also points out that the language barrier can be part of the problem: "A lot of the older women and the mothers don't speak English, so they simply don't understand how FGM is viewed in this country - they won't know it is against the law. One thing we have done is to encourage older women who do speak English to do missionary work among their community, instructing women in what the penalties are and why it is illegal."
When Rendell was writing Not in the Flesh, she strived to get into the mind of a young female officer who has to confront the family involved: "She's very PC - and torn in this situation. She is always being nice and fair?minded towards immigrants and yet, as a woman, is horrified by this particular act." Tradition is one of the most difficult aspects to counter: "FGM is an inexcusable, monstrous thing - but, of course, it is cultural, and I suppose the family think it is their duty."
one wants to respect traditions and customs, but how can you if they are grossly damaging and cruel to women? Women's rights are more important than their ethnic rights. I don't think people should bring such a dreadful custom here and expect it to be respected. What we should respect are the people themselves, their feelings, their emotions."
When Inspector Wexford reviews his feelings about the case, he realises he was naïve to think he could bring a prosecution and so protect young girls against this kind of mutilation. He resolves to examine the legislation more closely to see if it contains provision for 'intent".
His creator, however, doesn't see this as the answer. "A lot of people - and I used to be among them - think all we need is one prosecution," says Rendell. "But do we really even want one? We want prevention; we want to stop it happening ever."
Posted on 07/07/2008 4:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 7 July 2008
Song for a Monday morning.
Walking back home in the rain this morning after doing my errands I had this song going through my mind.
Posted on 07/07/2008 5:46 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 7 July 2008
Insult to the victims of 7/7
A party is being held today at the grave of a 7/7 bomber in what is being seen as an insult to the 52 London commuters murdered exactly three years ago.
The family of Shehzad Tanweer and 400 guests will "celebrate his life" and "remember him as a martyr" at a village in Pakistan.
Tanweer, 22, Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Hasib Hussain, 18, and 19-year-old Jermaine Lindsay also died when they detonated rucksack bombs on three crowded Tube trains and a No30 bus.
Tanweer's uncle, 42-year-old property developer Tahir Pervez, is organising the celebration in which verses of the Koran will be read out then curry and rice distributed at his home in Samundari. "The party is kept very secret from people outside the village but everyone knows it happens every year," said one
villager who asked not be named. "People are invited to join in blessing Shehzad Tanweer's soul by reading verses from the Koran and they call on us to remember Shehzad as a shahid (martyr)."
The gathering has twice been held in secret - yards from Aldgate bomber Tanweer's grave which is fiercely protected from outsiders. It is the largest in the cemetery of the village called Chak 477 and is opposite the mosque. His epitaph bears the phrase "La ilaha il Mohammed dur rasool Allah" which means
"There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger."
Andrew Dismore, MP for Hendon said: "It is absolutely appalling that his family are choosing to mark the date in this way. What are the Pakistan government doing about this? Five people from five different ethnic and religious groups
died from my constituency on 7 July7 2005 and this is a damning insult to their memory and their family members. Most Muslims would be absolutely horrified, (I hope that were true) as I am, that Shehzad Tanweer is being remembered by some people as a martyr."
Photo - a bunch of flowers at Kings Cross Station this morning
Attitudes have changed a lot since 7th July 2005.
Few people believe any more that Islam is a "religion of peace hijacked by extremists". I hope they will always recall the words of Ibn Warraq (even if they do not know who said it) that the first victims of Islam are always Muslims but few now have any sentimental delusions about the nature of the ideology.
More people know that Islam is an ideology not a race and allegations of racism when it is criticised are ceasing to be effective in stifling debate. In this our Hindu, Sikh and black Christian neighbours have been very effective with their constructive criticism. Hopefully it will not be long before the code "Asian", lumping everybody from the Indian sub continent as one will fall out of use.
Planning applications for Mosques are not always granted and in many cases the objections come from Muslims who are quite happy with their existing local Mosques.
There is little patience now with the cult of victimhood.
Yet while Muslims complain loudly about Islamophobia I still see more and more veiled women on the street which was unknown 20 years ago.
Official organisations remain about 5 years behind public opinion. But their efforts to ensure the public think like them are failing. Even schoolchildren are thinking for themselves and have the courage of their convictions.
To quote Churchill, it is not the end, it is not the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning.
I feel more optimistic about our future than I did 4 years ago.
Posted on 07/07/2008 6:31 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 7 July 2008
Greenlanders harassed out of council estate
Greenlanders in the Gellerup housing estate in Århus have had to move out of their homes due to attacks from residents of Arabic and Somali background – primarily teenagers. Greenlanders at the estate have had rocks thrown and fireworks shot at them and been subject to verbal abuse.
‘I couldn’t take being a target any more,’ said Johanne Christiansen, one of the Greenlanders who has moved out. ‘It was psychological pressure. But I’m angry that it is we who have to move and not them. They’re the ones who attacked us.’
Århus city council is now in the process of finding a new place for the Greenlanders to live.
The Greenlanders have typically heard shouts such as ‘F--k off home to Greenland – this is our Gellerup’ from their assailants.
While the public housing authority has condemned the attacks, it stated it could not do anything to stop them. We can’t accept this kind of thing, but there’s nothing we can do,’ said Torben Overgaard, head of the authority. ‘In order to enforce the housing regulations we have to have evidence and the names of the assailants, and we don’t in these cases.’
Overgaard said the problem’s root is obvious.
‘When Greenlanders – who drink a lot – live somewhere where the residents are primarily Muslims – who don’t drink alcohol – then conflicts arise.’
That is irrelevant. Greenland is consitutionally a part of Denmark so Greenlanders, who have faced discrimination from mainland Danes at times, rather like the Irish, are Danish citizens of long standing. If they caused damage or riotous behaviour while publicly drunk then the housing authority would have cause to ask them to modify their behaviour but there is no suggestion that anything of the sort has happened here.
I fear this is another incident like the one at the nursery in April .
If anybody else has read Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, could you imagine Smilla standing for such nonsense?
Posted on 07/07/2008 7:47 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 7 July 2008
Timetable For Iraq Withdrawal?
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki raised the prospect on Monday of setting a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops as part of negotiations over a new security agreement with Washington.
It was the first time the U.S.-backed Shi'ite-led government has floated the idea of a timetable for the removal of American forces from Iraq. The Bush administration has always opposed such a move, saying it would give militant groups an advantage.
In a statement, Maliki's office said the prime minister made the comments about the security pact -- which will replace a U.N. mandate for the presence of U.S. troops that expires on December 31 -- to Arab ambassadors in the United Arab Emirates.
"In all cases, the basis for any agreement will be respect for the full sovereignty of Iraq," the statement quoted Maliki as saying...
Sunni Arab countries have long been reluctant to extend full legitimacy to the Iraqi government because of the U.S. presence, as well as Baghdad's close ties to non-Arab, Shi'ite Iran.
But Arab ties have begun to improve.
The United Arab Emirates has cancelled almost $7 billion of debt owed by Baghdad, officials said on Sunday. And Jordan's King Abdullah is expected to visit Baghdad soon, the first Arab leader to do so since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
The statement from Maliki's office did not specifically refer to the 150,000 American troops in Iraq, but they comprise the vast bulk of foreign forces in the country.
By referring to a memorandum of understanding, Maliki's comments indicate this might be used as a stop-gap measure to govern the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq as opposed to the formal Status of Forces Agreement currently being negotiated.
It was unclear if a memorandum of understanding would need parliamentary approval. Iraqi officials had said they would submit any formal SOFA deal to parliament, where it might be the subject of acrimonious debate.
Maliki has long come under pressure from the movement of powerful Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces. Sadr's movement quit Maliki's government last year when the prime minister refused to do so.
Luwaa Sumaisem, head of the Sadr bloc's political committee, welcomed Maliki's comments on possibly setting a timetable.
"This is a step in the right direction and we are ready to support him in this objective. We hope Maliki will show seriousness about it," Sumaisem said, without saying if the movement might then consider rejoining the government....
Posted on 07/07/2008 7:52 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 7 July 2008
A Tradition So Monstrous
The National Post has the following excerpt from A Crime So Monstrous by E. Benjamin Skinner detailing sexual and other types of slavery in Dubai:
...A young Chinese woman wore a childlike perfume. The club bathed her in black light, so that she appeared like a radioactive negative of herself. In broken English, she explained that she had arrived in Dubai 28 days earlier, having been promised a job as a maid. Instead, human smugglers known as snakeheads sold her to a madam who forced her to pay off a debt by selling sex here. She trembled as she said that she just wanted to go home.
Her story was not unusual. A night earlier in another mega-bordello located in the three-star York International Hotel in the tony Bur Dubai neighbourhood, a 30-year-old Uzbek told me she had to pay off a $10,000 debt or "the mafia will kill my children."
In the Cyclone, every woman who spoke with me in depth explained that traffickers had taken their passports away as collateral until they paid off a debt. Alina, a bleach-blonde from northern Romania, sat forlornly smoking and playing electronic solitaire along the back wall. She had a raspy voice, and a sallow complexion that made her appear much older than her 23 years. She came here in 2004, after divorcing the alcoholic father of her three-year-old son. A Romanian woman in Dubai had promised her work as a waitress in a local restaurant.
When the woman met Alina at the airport, she told her what her real work would be. Without her passport, without any money, without any local contacts, she had no choice but to go with the woman to the Cyclone. From then on, her life was a blur of clients -- American, European, Indian, and mostly Arab. Some men purchased oral sex in the "VIP Room" above the bar, but they normally took Alina to a hotel or apartment. They were often violent.
"Many problem customers," she said, particularly among the Arabs.
Every morning at six she would return to the apartment of the madam, an abusive woman who took all the money. For Alina's efforts she was given one meal a day, coffee and cigarettes.
Alina contemplated escape, but running to the desert would be a death sentence for her, and running to the police would be a death sentence for her son. Her health faded, her skin fell apart and in the supply-saturated market of the Cyclone, she ceased getting customers, a fact that triggered the furor of her madam.
One night, the woman forced Alina to go with a Syrian man to the neighbouring city of Al Ain. As soon as he picked her up, he started yelling at her in Arabic. She was terrified, and cried all the way to his apartment. There he tortured and raped her for two days. Shortly after the man released her, the madam announced that she was going back to Romania, and that she would manumit Alina...
Dubai grew at breakneck speed during the 1990s, developing faster than any country on Earth. In 1991, a handful of multistory buildings sat alongside a dusty, two-lane highway, with the occasional oasis, camel tracks and plenty of sand.
Fifteen years later, Dubai was a sparkling metropolis of 1.5 million people. Mirrored glass was everywhere, and while the streets were well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the skyscrapers were chilled to meat locker temperatures by massive air conditioners. Grandiose mosques and palaces gave variation to the skyline, and even the adhan was a sound effect-aided performance.
But with breakneck growth came whiplash. As the U. A. E. steadily loosened barriers to investment and immigration, unscrupulous operators moved in. Drugsmuggling arrests increased 300% in the two years preceding my visit. And Dubai also became the Mecca of the new slave trade. Although slavery was abolished here in 1963, many still worked under threat of violence for no pay. On occasion, unpaid or underpaid laborers resisted. In March, 2006, a small group of South Asian construction workers building the Burj Dubai tower -- set to be the world's tallest building -- rampaged through the emirate for several days to protest poor working conditions and low pay. Rami G. Khouri, the editor of Beirut's Daily Star, called it "our first modern slave revolt in the Arab region."
While the rioters were exploited, they were not enslaved. Tens of thousands of others were, but their plight was hidden. In addition to bonded construction workers, Filipino housemaids were regularly beaten, raped and denied pay by their Arab masters. As many as 6,000 child camel jockeys -- mainly from South Asia -- languished in hidden slavery on farms, where their masters beat them and starved them to keep their weight down...
Posted on 07/07/2008 9:10 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 7 July 2008
It is accepted that a great writer need not have an admirable character, but is he allowed a dull one? Can he lead an uneventful life and still write well? Of course he can. Take Philip Larkin. Unimpressive in appearance, as were the women who loved him, he was a librarian – in Hull. If someone were to make a film about him, they would doubtless make him more handsome, or at least more charismatic.
Dylan Thomas, a volatile character, seems a more promising subject for a film. But The Edge of Love disappoints David Baddiel, who argues that there are no great films about great writers:
You could watch The Edge of Love many times and still not gain a single ounce of greater insight into Fern Hill or Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night or indeed Among Those Killed in the Dawn Raid Was a Man Aged a Hundred even though we are shown Thomas composing that poem. The showing of this, in fact, is a case in point: the scene has Thomas trying it out on his wife, Caitlin, in bed, and the meaning or quality of the poem is irrelevant. It just becomes another device through which to enact the sexual drama.
Although they keep on getting made, I'm not sure I've ever seen a great film about a great writer. The cinema is not entirely comfortable with the idea that the written word might be extremely powerful. It finds it easier to express the work of visual artists, as John Maybury, The Edge of Love's director, did very successfully in his previous film about Francis Bacon, Love is the Devil.
But when it comes to writers, these movies always do the same thing. A couple of weeks ago I argued that representations of Jane Austen tend to obsess around the reductive idea that her need to write was something to do with her haplessness in love, and of course it is love, rather than art, that scriptwriters will continually look to explain away great writers. Tom and Viv: it's there in the title; look no farther for an understanding of T.S.Eliot than his marriage. Wilde: nothing about Oscar the novelist or dramatist, everything about Oscar the tortured lover of Bosie.
Without his poetry, Thomas was just another selfish alcoholic boor. The Edge of Love is really just another love triangle movie, and interesting though love triangles always are, what exactly is gained by placing Dylan Thomas at the tip of that triangle? The answer - apart from a grant from the UK Film Council - is instant gravitas. But instant gravitas is a bit like instant coffee: only the tasteless cannot immediately tell it apart from the real thing.
Posted on 07/07/2008 9:18 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 7 July 2008
Muslim On Hindu Violence In Afghanistan
New Duranty: KABUL, Afghanistan — A huge blast from a suicide car bomb at the gates of the Indian Embassy on Monday killed 41 people in the deadliest suicide car bombing since the American-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 ousted the Taliban.
Among the victims of the attack, the first in seven years on a regional diplomatic mission in Afghanistan, were at least four Indian citizens: the Indian defense attaché, a political counselor and two other Indian officials. Six Afghan police officers were also killed. Many of the rest appeared to be civilians.
The fact that the Indian Embassy was attacked raised suspicions among Afghan officials that Pakistani operatives allied with the Taliban had used the bombing to pursue Pakistan’s decades-long power struggle with India.
India said it would send a delegation to Pakistan to investigate what the Indian Foreign Ministry called “this cowardly terrorist attack.”
There have been a number of attacks in Afghanistan in recent months notable for their increased sophistication and deadliness. Afghan and Western officials have said such attacks are signs of the growing strength of militants in the Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, and the influence of Al Qaeda and other foreign terrorists and even elements of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence....
Posted on 07/07/2008 2:54 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 7 July 2008
I'm not like all the others
One of Jane Austen’s characters refers to people who “seek to recommend themselves to the other sex by undervaluing their own”. Men make generalisations about women and vice versa; this is not admirable, but it is understandable. But if a man were to declare that all men are bastards, I would suspect his motives. If all men are bastards, why should I believe him? Is he not a bastard too? And a woman who makes sweeping derogatory statements about all women is likewise suspect. Both are trying to ingratiate themselves with the opposite sex.
Here’s India Knight on the subject of female bosses:
In my experience, women are far harder to work with than men. Men don’t give you a crap task because they’re jealous of your shoes or mistrust you for months because you have good highlights or stand about “nursing her wrath to keep it warm”, as Robert Burns put it. Sometimes women don’t get jobs because they’re not very nice.
Unlike Ms. Knight, who is very nice, and has the intelligence to know her place. What more could a man want? Seriously, though, male bosses never irrational or petty or jealous? Perhaps not, if you tell them what they want to hear.
In Pajamas Media today, Mary Grabar criticises what she calls the “Oprahization of academia”. Universities, she argues, are becoming a place to share one’s emotions rather than engage in rigorous scholarship:
Repeatedly, in the literature and in instructor orientations, I have been enjoined to encourage students in “group work,” to use the classroom to promote a more equitable society, to refrain from telling a student her answer is “wrong,” and to encourage the exploration of feelings through assignments.
So far, so well-targeted. However, in her wish to distance herself from such silliness, Ms Grabar is in danger of becoming irrational. It is one thing to condemn the “feminisation” of academia in abstract terms; quite another to blame “women as a group”, which she does, in so many words:
I blame it on women, specifically those women who, instead of working their ways into the club through rules of evidence, common values, and objective scholarship, have pushed in their alternate “ways of knowing.”
The specific is fine, but the general is at best superfluous. Why not just blame “those women who” have done what they did? Why blame “women” as a sex? There’s more:
It makes me wonder if women as a group are simply not as suited to the academic or intellectual life.
Notice that “women as a group” does not include Ms Grabar. She is not like the other women. She is superior. She is clever and rational enough to know that most other women (but not men) are stupid and irrational. Guys, what’s not to like? The next best thing to a woman who knows her place is a woman who knows another woman’s place.
In the comments, Ms Grabar explains why women – apart from her – are no good at rational thought:
When women get together they talk about fashion, relationships, gossip.
Right. Ms Grabar is privy to the conversations of all groups of “women getting together”. How so? Does she “get together” with them? If so, is she one of the group or not? Does she sit passively by amid this girlish chat and not think to interject a bit of rationality? Can’t she “play the white man” and sort us all out?
Ms Grabar makes some good points in her article. She is not stupid, and she knows full well what she is doing. Let’s hope it impresses the men. It doesn’t impress this woman, although I can’t speak for the rest of my group.
Posted on 07/07/2008 3:38 PM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 7 July 2008
Drugs and Donkeys
Drug abuse is a big problem in our societies. It destroys lives, undermines our polities, weakens our civilisation and costs the taxpayer a significant percentage of our annual revenues in policing and health care costs. No moral person, no person of sense, no person possessing respect for his or her fellow human beings would grow the crops or process the drugs.
However, there are many people with no respect for us, or our civilisation, who are making a very nice living out of supplying illegal drugs to those in our societies who are too weak to resist the lure. It is amazing how often those who grow, harvest and process these drugs are involved with financing the islamofascists.
Over at The Montenegro Times is this article.
Serbian police seized 250 kilograms of marijuana at the Gostun border crossing with Montenegro on June 5. Although the confiscated cannabis would have a wholesale value of more than $1 M it was, in fact, a small bust.
...the Balkans are a major drug trafficking route, “Due to the region's strategic location, several key drug trafficking routes pass through the Balkans.” The primary drug being moved through the region is heroin although Albanian and Turkish cannabis has been growing in popularity...
Since 2004 the United States government has donated more than $1 M worth of high tech equipment and professional training to fight cross border criminal activities in Montenegro including drug smuggling.
The United Nations recently reported that donkeys are being used by narcotics dealers along the Montenegro Serbia border. The durable beasts of burden are becoming instrumental in the never ending cat and mouse game between cops and criminals.
Couple this source of funding with the funding being gained by Islamic terrorists from destroying our common heritage – I made that point here – and it’s easy to see that these deeply immoral people are attacking on every front and in any criminal way that they can find.
You can find The Montenegro Times here.
You can find Montenegro using this map.
Posted on 07/07/2008 5:59 PM by John Joyce
Monday, 7 July 2008
A Non-State In A Right State – Crisis, What Crisis?
Here I pointed out how the international trade in illegal drugs was being conducted in the Balkans and how much of that trade seems to originate in Muslim Albania and Muslim Turkey. We have all seen the increasing involvement of certain Islamist elements with some unsavoury characters in Latin America and some of us may even have speculated about just how deep that involvement might go. Does it reach as far down as the so-called drug cartels?
Over at allAfrica.com there is this interesting article.
The international community must encourage reform tendencies in Guinea-Bissau to counter the risk of the West African country becoming a narco-state and political no-man’s-land of interest to Maghreb criminal and terrorist networks.
The creation of a democratic state is increasingly urgent as the risk of criminalisation is growing”, says Daniela Kroslak, Crisis Group’s Deputy Africa Program Director. “Cocaine trafficking from Latin America has increased tremendously in recent years, and the country has become a pivotal transit point in the route to European markets”.
“Only a serious institution-building process and a legal framework that can regulate political life and free it from the guerrilla mentality of pre-independence can allow Guinea-Bissau to escape its crisis once and for all”, says François Grignon, Crisis Group’s Africa Program Director.
You’ll note the use of the word ‘Maghreb’ in the first extract. This is, presumably, to avoid saying ‘Muslim’ criminals in much the same way that much of the Western press uses another and different weasel word – ‘Asian’.
You’ll also note the use of ‘narco-state’. That is very much what Guinea-Bissau almost is – the first state in the world to be run for the exclusive benefit of criminal gangs of drug traffickers by those self-same gangs.
Our Islamist enemies may not be directly involved with the drug cartels in certain infamous South American countries, but their involvement certainly starts in Guinea-Bissau and it seems that it’s aimed squarely at undermining the free democracies of Europe.
If we insist on indulging in some very risky pleasures then we must be aware that by so doing we are more than probably funding efforts aimed at our own destruction.
This is no longer about whether or not a particular illegal substance of choice is harmful or not, it’s about us accidentally funding our own destruction by refusing to curtail our own individual hedonistic impulses for the greater long-term good.
You can find allAfrica.com here.
You can find Guinea-Bissau using this map.
Posted on 07/07/2008 9:06 PM by John Joyce