I used to call them ‘Associated -with terrorists- Press’. Nowadays it seems ‘Arab Press’ is not only more accurate, but a fact: there are around 50 people producing news pictures for the whole world working in Camden at any time, there are a further 50 Arabic speaking staff producing finished stories exclusively for the Arab states of the gulf. This has a tremendous effect on the whole feel of the building as these two teams feed pictures and people back and forth and sit in adjacent work areas. The slant of the stories required by the Gulf States has a definite effect on which footage is used and discarded. This affects both the Gulf newsroom and the main global newsroom.” From the Lizard before he turned on us….
If your enemy is temperamental, seek to irritate him.
– Sun Tzu,Â The Art of War /Trencherbone
The author asks: “Should the immigrants adopt the values of their adoptive land — or, to the contrary, should society change to accommodate the newcomers who now form part of it?”
Liberal democracies depend on the premise that there are unalienable human rights that a government cannot violate and retain a legitimate right to rule. To want to defend that concept is far from the extreme, rabid, reactionary position that it is portrayed as here — even (horrors!) at the risk of being impolite. You don’t defend your values by… not defending them.
LONDONÂ – With the West locked in conflicts across the Muslim world, why would anyone throw fuel on the fire?
Yeah, you’ll want to read this one sitting down.
A small group of Europeans have been doing just that — provoking death plots and at least one murder by turning out art that derides the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran in the name of Western values.
Behind the scenes is something bigger: a rising European unease with a rapidly growing Muslim minority, and the spreading sense that the continent has become a front in a clash of civilizations. (This is like someone on the Titanic writing a story about how “there is water rushing in all around,” “some people think that the boat sinking.”/ed)