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A Country Gone Mad

04.10.2010 (6:30 am) – Filed under: England,Race,Stupidity ::

The United Kingdom is our parent country in many respects; however, it seems that our cousins across the Atlantic have gone mad, first with their kow-towing to Muslim extremism in their streets and now by actively seeking out – and presumedly correcting – racist toddlers:

Teachers are being forced to report children as young as three to the authorities for using alleged ‘racist’ language, it was claimed last night.

Munira Mirza, a senior advisor to London Mayor Boris Johnson, said schools were being made to spy on nursery age youngsters by the Race Relations Act 2000.

More than a quarter of a million children have been accused of racism since it became law, she said.

Writing in Prospect magazine, she said: ‘The more we seek to measure racism, the more it seems to grow.

Wow, that’s a profound statement.  Of course, the more I seek to count yellow cars, the more of them I seek to find.  Moreover, even if the thought police were proven correct, racism is a natural part of the human concern.  Ugly, yes.  Undesirable, yes.  A matter for government action?  No.

What It Takes to Fight Terrorism

14.03.2009 (7:21 am) – Filed under: England,Islam,Terrorism ::

At the Telegraph, Con Coughlin lays out what’s wrong with Britain’s effort to fight Islamic terrorism to-date, saying:

No one can claim that we in Britain don’t understand the nature of the threat we face. In recent months, there has been a succession of reports highlighting the increasingly pernicious influence British Islamists are having on the Nato-led campaign to bring stability to Afghanistan.

After senior officers confirmed last year that British Muslims were fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, it was revealed that RAF Nimrod surveillance planes monitoring Taliban radio stations were surprised to hear insurgents speaking in strong Yorkshire or Midlands accents.

Surprised is probably the wrong word to use in that sentence given the murderous 7/7 bombing British Muslims carried out in London nearly 4 years ago.  Dismayed might be closer, for it reveals the true nature of Britain’s – and all of Europe’s – Muslim problem: It is at once internal and foreign.

Britain, Coughlin goes on to say, has been soft on Islamic extremists in a vain attempt to smooth the ruffled feathers of Muslims at home, some of whom have provided materials used in roadside bombs in Afghanistan, harassed British soldiers returning from the war theater, and rioted in the streets of London, among other misdeeds.  The government’s response has been weak at best, as demonstrated in the case of Binyam Mohamed, about which Coughlin wrote:

When the former Guantánamo detainee Binyam Mohamed claimed that British intelligence officials were complicit in his torture, the main focus of the controversy was the alleged collusion of ministers, rather than precisely what Mr Mohamed was doing in Afghanistan.

Indeed, that is the pertinent question, yet it did not seem to get asked, possibly for fear of offending Muslim activists in Britain itself.  There are two legitimate reasons for westerners to be in Afghanistan at this moment: military and journalism.  Mohamed was and is neither.  So why was he there?  Three guesses and we don’t need the last two, do we?

Ultimately, these fears must be overcome and faced if the country is to carry on as Great Britain.  The only other available option leads inevitably toward what Melanie Philips might call the Londinistanization of the country that was the leading force in western civilization.

Coughlin:

The worldwide campaign against Islamist-inspired militancy is highly complex. But if the West to wants to prevent further terror attacks, we must first distinguish between those who are on our side, and those who are not.

As uncomfortable as it makes some of us, the fact is that there are sides to be chosen and judgments to be made.  It’s imperative that this fundamental fact be acknowledged at all levels of all nations, not specifically as a call to war but rather as the overt realization that this is the way things are.

A Sade Looke Upone Mightye Englande’s Falle

18.02.2009 (11:23 am) – Filed under: England,Humor,Islam ::

Iowawawk’s Chaucer-esque recounting of Great Britain’s fatal affair with accommodation and appeasement is, sadly, both hilarious and true.  It starts a bit slow, but give it a chance!

Geert Wilders Denied Entry into Britain

12.02.2009 (3:18 pm) – Filed under: England,Islam,World ::

Geert Wilders: Dutch politician Geert Wilders lands at Heathrow despite ban over anti-Islam views

Geert Wilders, current member of the Dutch parliament and the producer of the short film Fitna that is reviled by many Muslims, has been denied entry into Great Britain after defying a warning that this would be the case.  Wilders plane touched down at Heathrow at around 2 PM local time and was immediately "marched into a side room in the main Terminal One building" by border guards.  Wilders had been forewarned of the welcome he could plan to receive by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and will be sent back to The Netherlands on an undisclosed flight, likely this very day.

Wilders had this to say: 

"I was very surprised and very saddened that the freedom of speech that I believe was a very strong point in UK society is being harassed today."

That’s understandable.  I imagine generations of British leaders rolling over in their graves at the "weak and cowardly" spectacle, as Wilders himself called it, of the British government barring a national figure from an allied country in order to appease the Muslim population of their own country.

Geert Wilders is not easy to take, true.  But he is not part of the biggest problem in the world today, radical Islam.  Fitna created some controversy before its release but the truth is that there was neither anything new or demonstrably false in its content.  Stridently anti-Islam, Wilders nonetheless professes not to hate Muslims themselves but rather the philosophy that lies behind most of the world’s terrorism.

While every sovereign nation should have the final say in who crosses into its territory, in my view Britain’s actions are in fact quite revelatory of its lack of moral courage, the absence of which has been clearly demonstrated on numerous occasions, including a recent near-riot in which police refused to confront violent Muslim protesters marauding through the streets of London.

It’s a sad day for a once-great nation when it takes an MP from another country to demonstrate what leadership and courage are.

Where is Britain’s new Winston Churchill?  Or Margaret Thatcher, for that matter? 

 

h/t Gateway Pundit

Great Britain, a Lost Country

12.12.2008 (3:29 pm) – Filed under: England,Free Speech,Religion ::

Students singing in the choir at Arthur Bugler Primary School in Great Britain spent weeks practicing Christmas music only to be told that the songs weren’t appropriate for the Corringham "Winter Festival", an event undoubtedly once known as a Christmas Festival.  The reason?  The songs were "too religious".  The decision was called ridiculous by parents who said, "It’s ridiculous that you can’t sing religious songs. It’s Christmas – when can you sing them?" and "I can’t see how the Christmas carols they were going to sing would have been offensive to anyone."  If only the latter statement were true.   

Hold my gifts, everyone.  All I want for Christmas this year is for people to call it by its proper name.

To do that, people first have to recognize that it is in fact acceptable to not care if others are offended by their beliefs.  That sounds uncaring, I know, but like so many things in life the real effect of that statement is the exact opposite of how it appears at first blush. 

Tolerance is a broad brush.  Ergo, it’s perfectly alright for you to hold views – and take actions – that offend me, so long as they’re within the confines of the law.  The mechanisms of restraint have always been two-fold:  the rigidity of the law and the flexible lines of common sense.  Today’s third mechanism, political correctness, recognizes neither historically applied standard.  The freedom to do as we please, regardless of race, religion, creed, or color, is the fundamental building block of democracy.  Sacrificing it to placate groups of people who choose to take offense to traditional cultural mores is too high a price to pay to accommodate them.

In a country in which domestic and international policies can be turned on their ears by 2% of swing voters and a majority of 60% is an unassailable position of power, the right of children to sing Christmas carols during the Christmas holiday should be guaranteed in Thurrock, where self-described Christians number about 75% of the population.

That this was not the outcome for the Bugler students is a strong indication that Great Britain has lost her way and, perhaps, her soul.