Friday, July 08, 2005


Hitchens on the London bombings

Christopher Hitchens has a beautiful column today in the Mirror on the London bombings yesterday.

Here, IMO, is the paragraph (and a half) which those unwilling to fight against Islamofascists in Iraq, Afghanistan, or wherever else they may be found or travel to need to come to grips with:

"We know very well what the "grievances" of the jihadists are.

The grievance of seeing unveiled women. The grievance of the existence, not of the State of Israel, but of the Jewish people. The grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law. The grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London. The grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won't abandon lands in Darfur. The grievance of the existence of homosexuals. The grievance of music, and of most representational art. The grievance of the existence of Hinduism. The grievance of East Timor's liberation from Indonesian rule. All of these have been proclaimed as a licence to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who just gets in the way."

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