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If BBC's reporting is any indication of the UK, I expect very little from the Oxford handbook of the ME

Reader comment on item: The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African History

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Mar 8, 2021 at 22:59

Dear Dr Pipes, I can easily believe your warning that the readers should not expect much from the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middel Eastern and North African History. I think British society is completely lost in the liberal leftist quagmire and is on an severe downward slope. I occasionally listen to the BBC world news. I also understand very well when Islamic apologists find excuses for Islam. BBC --and, by implication the British society-- has gone much worse than become mere apologists: They, plain and simple, hide the faults of Islam by just skipping the word "Islam" from their reporting. Two examples come to my mind.

First, around Feb and March 2021, BBC reported that three female news broadcasters were murdered in Afghanistan in a cooridnated attack by extremists who did not approve of the jobs that they did. BBC did not blame Islam for the murders. They did not mention Muslim's love for violence. They just reported on the event as if the women were killed by some unnamed strangers. If I recall correctly BBC used the word 'ISIS' context but ISIS conveniently hides the word Islam.

Second, BBC discussed the Civil war in Yemen. They again failed to mention that in Yemen some Muslims are killing some other Muslims and everyone is killing someone. That was not enough. British sources quoted by BBC almost apologized that Britain had cut the aid to Yemen by as much as 60% due to Covid-related shortage of fund. BBC failed to mention that the crisis in Yemen is a Muslim-made (not man-made!!) crisis and Muslims should fix up their act rather than expect aid from others.

I am not surprised that the above book would, one way or the other, be leftist propaganda usurped by Islamist.


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