Resident Telegraph liberal Andrew O'Hagan tells the backwoodsmen how it is :
"Those of us who grew up with the obscenities that were the bombings of Eniskillen and Omagh might always wish to understand how they could have happened. Did they happen as a result of the mad actions of a generally blood-thirsty people who craved a United Ireland? Or were they the desperate acts of some parts of that community hounded into extremism by the British State's consistent abuse?"
Gee, I don't know, Andrew. I wonder if there's not some Third Way between damning a whole nation as bloodthirsty madmen and blaming ourselves for hounding those poor automata into planting the bombs ? Like maybe blaming the people who did it ? But you can see which option he prefers.
What is the nature of the feeling in our communities and in our courts against Islam, and how can we put an end to it? Are we not hurting our own society and our own security by making a monster where it shouldn't exist, a monster made from the mania of our own fear?
If we're not afraid, we won't get hurt ! It really IS all about us as far as he's concerned. I knew he was a writer, but I didn't know he was a magical realist.
We are making extremists where they previously hardly existed; this might be termed a suicidal policy.
Is he saying that if we offend them, they'll kill us ? Sounds awfully close.
Islamophobia is where many of our future troubles might be seen to begin. We ignore it, and our part in it, at the peril of everything we claim to hold sacred.
If we offend them, they might kill us AND destroy everything we hold sacred ?
With friends like Andrew O'Hagan to explain them to us, British Muslims certainly don't need any more enemies.
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