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The first letdown from the Brits

Reader comment on item: Salman Rushdie and British Backbone
in response to reader comment: Remembering the Crusades and British Knighthood

Submitted by Henriik Ræder Clausen (Denmark), Jun 27, 2007 at 17:17

The very first letdown by Britain was that the support in the initial war against the Arabs was so weak - in order to not offend the Arabs, Britain even kept the UN from clear and decisive action in Kashmir when Pakistan supported the rebels there. They lost in both places, effectively encouraging Islamic insurgency. Dore Gold in his "Tower of Babble" has described the faults admiringly, showing that letting realpolitik dominate over principles is usually a bad thing in the long run.

Better face the challenge now than never, of course.


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