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Monday, September 20, 2004

Steyn on Iraq and IslamoEurope

Expanding on, and making vastly more sense of, a piece I picked up on a few days back, the ever brilliant Mark Steyn writes on the current situation in Iraq, Euro/UN ostriches and the Islamoisation of Europe:

That is not to say there are not serious questions about both short-term tactics (Fallujah, Najaf) and long-term goals (a democratic Iraq). But neither the newly parochial post-internationalist Left, unable to get past its "BLAIR LIED!!! PEOPLE DIED!!!!!" nursery rhymes, nor the snob Right - the Max Hastings/Douglas Hurd/Crispin Tickell crowd - has any useful contribution to make to this debate.

Instead, all the discussion is within factions of the American Right - between the "neocons", with their plans to democratise the Middle East, and the more traditional "assertive nationalists", whose hopes for a foetid region are a little less ambitious. That's worth arguing over, but it is not an argument you can enter if you have got no useful proposals of your own.

And, in the end, the reality is this. A few weeks ago, Prof Bernard Lewis, the great historian of the Muslim world, told Die Welt that "Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century". That seems demographically unavoidable.

I am endlessly amazed at Steyn's insight and intelligence. He also has impressive quantity to go with the quality, and his clearing house of a home page is worth a look daily.


At September 21, 2004 at 1:12 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Steyn is amazing. Did u see that Sullivan called him a partisan hack the other day?? I think Sully's out of his league here, but then I guess Steyn didn't do his homework at Oxford & Harvard. Sully also called him a pro-war journalist. I guess that means Andrew's no mere journalist!


At September 21, 2004 at 1:13 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

PS why does it look like yr taking a piss in yr pic?


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