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Arrogance and delusions

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Submitted by Alexander Scott (United Kingdom), Jul 25, 2005 at 16:48

The findings of the polls you mention are no surprise to me at all. I live in London and have seen the city change over the years.

Somebody looking at the situation from outside might be shocked by the answers of the Muslim population in Britain, not I. The ruling British liberal class suffers from a combination of defects that have alowed the current situation to develop and could well be the undoing of this nation.

The first of these deffects: monumental arrogance. I have argued over the years (specially since 9/11) that the large, un-integrated Muslim population would pose a threat to this country. Most of my friends (all peace loving liberals) scoffed. Not only scoffed but also put an end to the conversations. It was not "polite" to even think such thoughts, never mind talk about them. "They" , the liberal opinion formers were right, always had been, always would be.

The second deffect : delusions. Under this theory, if you repeat certain lines often enough, they are bound to become true. Hence "we all know that the vast majority of the Muslim population is peace loving" Do we? Maybe a majority of them are, just about. Maybe a lot more would be if we taught them to respect their host country and to accept that their religion is just one more amongst many.

Alec Scott
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