I have a suggestion for Islamist nutjobs. You may have noticed they suffer from a lot of negative publicity and people keep painting them as supremacists, racists etc. Assume an organisation such as Hizb ut-Tahrir, who I have no time for, don’t want people to get the impression they’re supremacists. What they should do is that rather than express opinions themselves, they should let others speak for them.
It could go something like this:
Brothas and sistaz, you may know we don’t want to turn Britain into an Islamic state. You may also be surprised to hear that we have nothing against tha Jews. No really, we don’t. What about our history you say? Ha ha! Fogeddabout. We have turned over a new leaf. Don’t laugh you there in the back!
Anyway, we don’t do that sort of rubbish. However, I have this letter from a brother who accosted me in the street the other day. The brother said that Jews control the world and the media and all the governments of the Middle East. The Arab people are being oppressed, he said! He went on further to add that we need a revolution in the Middle East and turn it into the sort of Islamic state The Prophet (pbuh) would have wanted.
Brothas and sistaz, I thought it was an interesting letter. You know, we should not ignore these sorts of opinions! We do not subscribe to them but there are people out there with these thoughts and they should be listened to!
Now why did this thought enter my head? Oh yeah, because some brothas keep saying Enoch Powell wasn’t a nasty man, he was just reading out letters handed to him by certifiable nazis. He felt incumbent to read them and implore upon his audience that they pay heed. I pity the fool who comes to me with these arguments.
[Thanks to Tom Freeman for the inspiration.]
As a side-note, I love the way Mr Eugenides compares my earlier defence of Virendra Sharma over Subash Chandra Bose as the same as defending Enoch Powell. Erm yeah. One was a high-ranking British politician who warned that black and white people mixing would lead to race war. The other was a lowly freedom fighter trying to get rid of the British Raj from India who had ruled his country for centuries and killed millions of people in the process. Obviously both are roughly in the same situation. By the same measure Churchill is a dictator who should never be spoken off highly forever.
PS: This rant by Carmen is excellent.
PPS: Normally don’t agree with Oliver Kamm but he has a brilliant put-down of Enoch Powell and Dan Hannan.
PPPS: Don’t normally agree with Peter Risdon either but…
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