Here's Madeleine Bunting in
The vast majority in this country know little about Islam and care even less… A small minority manage to combine ignorance with prejudice - and see no reason to learn more about a subject on which they are none the less happy to pontificate, whether propping up the bar or hunched over their blogs.The real ignorance and prejudice comes from the Guardian-loving classes who bow and scrape in response to threats from Islamofascists. And I see we “hunch” over our blogs. What does Bunting do what when she’s composing her half-baked columns - dictate them to some poor lackey whilst reclining on a chaise longue? She continues, pug-in-lap:
Glossing over July 2005, there has been a remarkable revival of faith in British multiculturalism as Brits look with smug horror at the Islamophobia of Denmark and the Netherlands or the violence in France last autumn.You may want to gloss over 7/7, Madeleine, but I certainly don’t. In Denmark and the Netherlands I see people of extreme courage standing up for free expression in the face of death threats. And those comparing events today with the Holocaust should take a good look at what’s going on in France right now. Yes there are parallels, but Muslims aren’t the victims, they’re the perpetrators. The victims are the same as last time. As Mark Steyn said in the Sun-Times:
Meanwhile, among British Muslims it is commonplace to draw analogies with the rise of anti-semitism in Germany in the 30s… what happened in Europe in the 40s could happen again, and they will be the victims this time.
The Jews are playing their traditional role of the canaries in history's coal mine.