Monday, January 15, 2007

Norm Geras' attention was also captured by Martin Amis. He links to a question and answer session in the Independent. It's full of good stuff. Here are some appetizers:

*What I am is an Islamismophobe. Or better say an anti-Islamist because a
phobia is an irrational fear, and there is nothing irrational about fearing
someone who professedly wants to kill you. The form that Islamophobia is now
taking - the harassment and worse of Muslim women in the street - disgusts me.
It is mortifying to be part of a society in which any minority feels under
threat. On the other hand, no society on earth, no society imaginable, could
frictionlessly absorb a day like 7 July

*More generally, the difficulty has to do with the nature of national
identity; and the American model is the one that we (and everyone else) should
attempt to plagiarise.

*It is quite an achievement. People of liberal sympathies, stupefied by
relativism, have become the apologists for a creedal wave that is racist,
misogynist, homophobic, imperialist, and genocidal. To put it another way, they
are up the arse of those that want them dead.

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