Wednesday, 7 January 2009 - 6:32 PM GMT
Well Happy new year 2009 to all, before I forget. I'm delighted that people are still reading this blog. I've been really lazy with it lately, focusing much more on improving my physical fitness than my writing. Does anyone else find the verification box hard to manager? I find it really annoying but I don't know what to do about it, apart from move to blogger or livejournal.
I find myself caught between "anon" and CB here. The former is rather uninformed, the latter very naive. I have no hatred for Palestinians/Arabs or muslims per se and nor should anyone else. I do want Europe to resist the encroachment of Islam, because it is associated with supression of women, jews and it seems to inspire a sort of political passivity that allows bad rulers to survive longer than they would in the west.
But I'm informed enough to know that this is in part because much of the world's oil is located under the soil of the most extreme followers, thus enabling both Saudi Wahabbis (a branch of Sunnis) and Iranian Shia to enforce their repressive and closed-minded ways. Had the oil been under Morocco, Lebanon or Egypt, life might be very different. A much more tolerant Islam might be exported to Pakistan and Europe. Weening ourselves off oil would do a lot to reverse this.
Crying racist is a bit of a cheap shot, CB. Muslims aren't a race. This thread is attached to a post in which I link to footage of a white British convert to Islam prattling about hellfire. He's as white as I am and I can't get over how much he looks and sounds like David Cameron. It's spooky - hence my attempt at humour.
We should be wary of generalising about 'the other'. Until today I would never have believed that this was possible in the middle-east:
Still, they do keep their hair covered - that's modesty for you.