Daniel Freedman calls Melanie Phillips
The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks failed to shake the British establishment as it shook
's. Rather than realizing that radical Islam is a serious threat, Ms. Phillips says that a "group think" took hold that "global Jihad was rooted in discreet grievances" such as " America Israel-Palestine, Chechnya... and Americathrowing her weight around in and elsewhere in Arab world." The British establishment's solution therefore was to ignore radical Islam and simply try to solve the individual problems, especially the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict. Once this is done, "everything else will disappear." Saudi Arabia
Ms. Phillips sees
as the last best hope for her country. She's turning to America Americato kick-start the debate in . Britain is "paralyzed by multiculturalism and minority rights" which "leads people to say you can't question a minority or a religion." Ms. Phillips says that she almost failed to find a publisher for her book in Britain . It went down to the "11th hour and the 59th minute" when a small publisher took it on. With "no Fox News, no conservative talk-radio, no big conservative think tanks," there is no one to force the establishment to debate the roots of radical Islam. … She's hoping Britain Americacan once again save Europe.
In the same edition of the
Has the West gone soft? Some days it sure feels that way, especially here in
And he notes in regard to the betrayal of Ayaan Hirsi Ali:
So this is what the nation that was once, in the days of Spinoza, a haven for free speech and religious toleration has come to: get butchered like Theo van Gogh, shut up about the jihad, or go into exile. The kind of double-crossing Dutchmen who betrayed Anne Frank to the Nazis have once again, it seems, got the upper hand in
He continues with a scathing critique of David Cameron, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Prince of Wales. In summation:
So here we have three pillars of British society - the leader of the Conservative Party, the primate of the Church of England, and the heir to the throne - whose chief preoccupations are, respectively, the lack of "general wellbeing," the evils of capitalism, and the virtues of quack cures. Not one sees the clash of the Islamic and Western civilizations as even a problem - indeed, both the Archbishop and the Prince think the real problem is our "Islamophobia."
So you can see why some of us Europeans look enviously across the Atlantic to hear the voice of common sense. But the two American voices that the British media invited us to hear this week were those of Hillary Clinton and Al Gore, both hyperventilating about global warming. Oh dear.