Steyn on Britain and Europe
Happy St George's Day to all our English readers, and Happy Independence Day to all our Israeli readers. It's not often they fall on the same day, but it's not inappropriate. Once upon a time, you could find quite a few English flags bearing the Cross of St George in and around Jerusalem, for one reason or another...
You can still see the legacy of the Crusader Cross in village high streets up and down England - for the moment. In The [Un]documented Mark Steyn (personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available, etc, etc), there's an essay that starts off in the Middle East, and winds up in the East End:
~Just to underline the point, over on John Bull's other island, Queen's University in Belfast has canceled a symposium on Charlie Hebdo:
Yeah, right. As Laura Rosen Cohen likes to say, "security" is the new "shut up". A couple more years of this and we'll all be so "secure" no one will say a word. The pathetic capitulation of Queen's reminds us of just how rare and principled was the behavior of the Aussie Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in her visit to Charlie Hebdo on Tuesday. As that Guardian report continues:
That last point is well taken. What's the point of Belfast finally reaching some sort of modus vivendi between Catholic and Protestant only to pre-emptively take the losing side in a far more gaping sectarian divide? So what do you reckon to the Irish Question of the late 21st century? Sunni South vs Shia North?
~Elsewhere in the dismal British academy, at Goldsmiths University white people and men have been banned from the anti-racism rally by the "diversity officer":
Over the next couple of days Britain, Australia, New Zealand and (I hope) Newfoundland (the Blue Puttees were the only North American regiment there) will be marking the centenary of Gallipoli. Compared to the solipsistic non-binary grievance-mongers and pusillanimous sharia appeasers, the Englishmen who slogged it out on that cheerless sod were, in all their deplorable binaryness, better men than the inheritors of St George's land.
~Meanwhile, back in the Great Satan, I'll be joining Hugh Hewitt on the radio live coast to coast at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific.
from Steyn on Britain, April 23, 2015
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