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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Better late than never

OK. Here are some things I failed to mark on EKN over the past few days because I was busy.

Friday 9 November was International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism. November 9th (what we in Europe think of as "the real 9/11" as that's the way round we do dates) is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the big pogrom which is generally taken to mark the beginning of the full horror of the Holocaust.

Saturday 10 November was designated by the United Nations as Malala Day in honour of Malala Yousafzai, the fifteen-year-old Afghan girl who campaigned for the right of Afghan women to an education, was shot in the head by the Taleban for doing so, and is now recovering after surgery in Britain. The day marks the start of a campaign to get as many as possible of the 32 million girls worldwide who are missing out on an education into school.

Sunday 11 November was Remembrance Day, when we remember the victims of war. Some people take it as a commemoration only of those who died in military service, but I prefer to take it as a memorial to all the victims, whether in uniform, killed in "collateral damage", blown up by unexploded ordnance years after the end of the conflict, or whatever: and indeed those who while not killed bear terrible injuries. Why should an Israeli farm worker killed by a Hamas rocket, or a Cambodian child who lost a leg to a landmine, or a Londoner killed in the Blitz, be less worthy of two minutes of our time than someone who died at Arnhem or Dien Bien Phu? Some people get it. Others are perfectly happy to disrespect Remembrance Day in support of their own political ends, like this creep from the British Freedom Party, or Bonni the Nazi, who asked why no Hollywood stars joined the armed forces after 9/11 the way they did during World War Two. (The fact there wasn't a war on probably had something to do with that, but criticising "lefties" is far more important to the America-hating Nazi than honouring those who died fighting.)

Tuesday 13 November was the beginning of the Hindu festival of Diwali. And for all those imbeciles who believe that Muslims hate adherents of all other religions and want to kill them, here is a picture of a Diwali celebration in Lahore, Pakistan. More here. Oh, and Pakistan's Chief Justice is a Hindu, and its Prime Minister hosted a Diwali dinner for a visiting dignitary from India.

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