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Friday, July 22, 2005

"As British as a police warning for flying the union flag"

Anthony Browne addresses the question why Britain is the only western country to have produced its own suicide bombers:

The real answer to why Britain spawned people fuelled with maniacal hate for their country is that Britain hates itself. In hating Britain, these British suicide bombers were as British as a police warning for flying the union flag.

The only thing we are licensed to be proud of is London’s internationalism — in other words, that there is little British left about it.

Self-loathing in a nation, like self-loathing in an individual, is alienating. Someone who despises himself inspires greater contempt than affection, and a country that hates itself cannot expect its newcomers to want to belong.

Britain is one of the few countries where it is a source of pride to despise your country. We are all repeatedly taught the things to be ashamed of about Britain, but what about the things to be proud of? The truth is that Britain’s self-loathing is as unique as it is unwarranted. Britain really is great. These small rainswept isles off the western end of the vast Eurasian landmass have contributed far more to the well-being of the rest of humanity than any other country, bar none.

None of this is the least profound. Rather, it is obvious but no less welcome for that. At present, I feel there is a chance of our waking up to the threatened annihilation of our culture, but whether this will be a sustained recovery or whether it will be stifled by multicultural pieties and institutional anti-racism is a matter for conjecture.


At 22 July 2005 at 15:53, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

The Left is working very hard at instilling that same self-hatred in the U.S. in the Education-sphere, and it even seems viable as a commercial endevor, what with the financial success of Michael Moore's movies and the Anti-Burger guy's books, and the Media is constantly playing-up all the stupid people; the runaway brides and the cheap hucksters at Wendy's and Neverland Ranch, and their lives. sigh.

At 22 July 2005 at 19:08, Blogger Jorgen said...

I don't believe the terrorists hate the UK. They are taught to hate any non-Muslims. The problems in the UK are fostered by lefties belief in multiculturalism, political correctness and appeasement.

And were they suicide-bombers? Some believe they were sacrificed (no video, no Allah Akbar, return tickets, more bombs in car ...).


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