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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Jesters: licensed to speak uncomfortable truths

Last week I found this.

It's a spoof, of course, but the sad thing is that there are thousands of people both in my own country (which allows Melanie Phillips to make a living from peddling anti-Muslim hatred*) and in the USA (where publishing a picture of Barack Obama in a turban is considered an insult, and where a staggering number of people still believe Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11) who have yet to benefit from such insights.

* For example, this week she has blamed the occupants of Gaza for the genocide being waged against them, which is rather like laying the blame for Auschwitz on self-gassing Jews. Then she is diverted into strident opposition to any liberalisation of our draconian and utterly pointless drug laws, and into denouncing man-made global warming as a myth. Yes, she really is a caricature of a right-wing idiot. Never mind, the attack on the Jerusalem yeshiva brought her back to her main purpose in life, which is blaming all Muslims for every murder committed by one. " They deliberately target Jewish teenagers in a religious school". They? One man, and as far as I know his actions haven't been claimed by any of the usual suspects normally so keen to take "credit", such as Islamic Jihad. Still, it all provides a terrific excuse for Mad Mel to demand the banning of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, and anyone else not toeing the Mad Mel line.

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