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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Please, no "M-word" here...

Windsor in UK has been the centre of some small-scale (relatively speaking) rioting centred around a “Muslim-run dairy which has become an unofficial prayer centre for workers”. Nothing wrong with that you would think – but there is obviously more to it than has been reported..

But the strange thing is the extreme reluctance of reporters and newspapers to print the “M-word”.

London Lite (Daily Mail’s publication) e.g. reported (5th Oct ’06) that, “extra police are being drafted into the Windsor area today after three nights of violent clashes between white and Asian youths”…

Who are these “Asian youths” – could they be Chinese, Japanese or from South East Asia, Mongolians?

Not clear…the report goes on to that “Windows of the makeshift mosque and dairy vehicles were smashed. Residents said that Asian youths came from Slough to fight the white gang”.

“Dairy manager Sikander Khan, 50, said his predominantly Asian workers were worried after the fire-bomb attack” OK, I may be dumb but Khan does not sound like a Chinese or a Japanese name to me.

The report continues: “…residents feared a mosque would make things worse…”
Get the point? Could this be linked to British Hindus’ yearning for a separate identity rather than simply being lumped as “Asians”? and what about Indians – are we “Asian”? – the last time I studied geography we were…but somehow I find it hard to believe that any of us (Indians) were involved in these incidents…

can the media gather the courage to stand up and speak the truth clearly and fearlessly?
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4 Comments:

Blogger KG said...

When the British media talk about "Asian youths" it's code for islamic thugs.
If I were Indian I'd be very, very offended at being lumped in with these creeps.
Perhaps a campaign by Indians living in Britain to object to such a broad brush would force the media to be more specific?

Saturday, October 07, 2006 6:58:00 pm  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...

Race over.

"Race" over. Really. Muslims calling anti-Islamic sentiment "racism" is nothing surprising, because they've always retooled anything to fit, and Western PC is just the latest on the list. But Western media using the race card all the time? That's a semi-conscious attempt to turn the clock back to the day when things were clear-cut. Yes, things are clear-cut today as well, for us who have eyes to see and ears to hear, but as you may well remember, one of the first pleas in the wake of 9/11 was, "Don't turn this into Islam vs. the West, don't turn this into a religious war!"

Tough. No one on our side turned it--it's been so ever since the 7th century. You want to keep your 19th- and 20th-century view of everything as a racial conflict, I know. And I want a Mercedes.

Saturday, October 07, 2006 7:09:00 pm  
Blogger KG said...

zionistyoungster, I've GOT a Mercedes....*grin*
And the way the media conflate racism and objections to a murderous ideology makes me spitting mad.

Saturday, October 07, 2006 9:17:00 pm  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...

KG,

I actually prefer Japanese cars. But that wouldn't convey the notion of unattainable desire so well. ;-)

That was prelim, I got my latest, on that subject, up and running now (also posted here on IBA, with the beginning paragraphs excerpted).

Saturday, October 07, 2006 11:36:00 pm  

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