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Remembering the Crusades and British Knighthood

Reader comment on item: Salman Rushdie and British Backbone

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jun 26, 2007 at 14:52

Even in light of the American leadership in the war against terror in the world, one must not forget the stake the British have in Middle East politics. Though this reader does not have the Wall Street Journal (or the British counterpart) ledger to track such things in their fiduciary context, (but the British financiers are sure to have considerable investments world wide), it is a matter of history to see that the British have had a hand in such things as re-arranging the Middle East and environs from the time of Gordon, to Allenby marching on Jerusalem, to the Balfour Declaration to Iranian politics to etc., etc., etc.

In more recent years, the British have been able to maintain a much more refined and deliberately less obvious role and many such things, but their involvement in recent histories have caused a build-up of left behind baggage that will eventually come crashing through the failing closet door. Coming from a distant British background, it is a disturbing thought that much of what is happening in the word today has its roots in British intervention, and much of it is coming home to roost. Note the increasing Muslim population in Britain. It is for no small reason.

The British will have much to account for in the immediate years to comes as well for their continued interference in the affairs of the Israeli State. When the request for the completed ledger on British activities in the Middle East is called for, its responsibilities for complicating the lives of the Israeli people will be on the top of the list, to be much greater that any of the things they did to the other people of the Middle East.

The action to bestow a British honor on an enemy of the Islamic Revolution will be small instigation to acts against the United Kingdom, this in comparison to the reaction the British must likely suffer when the real incitement, now brewing around Israel and which they helped to instigate, exceeds the flash point. Then all who have harbored ill will (like the academics' boycott or the hateful Muslim presence) against Israel will find a much higher price to pay for bearing such feelings than the $160,000.00 price on the knighted author's head. By the way, how much is that in pounds?

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