The nation without qualities
Proving my point earlier today that Tony Blair in his speech on multiculturalism was not rejecting multiculturalism but affirming it, Blair immediately followed up the speech with a pandering interview with Anila Baig, a female Muslim reporter for the Sun (and she’s cute, too, see the photo of her standing, very pleased with herself and the whole situation, next to the PM, though an English-language Arab website describes her as the first veiled Muslim woman to work as a columnist for a British newspaper). Blair told the smiling Baig that he had no problem with a Muslim being prime minister someday, and that he would not mind if any of his children married a Muslim. Mentioning that his family intended to go to church on Christmas Eve, he added, “We can worship God in our own way. It’s what being British means. And neither racists nor extremists should be allowed to destroy it.”
Thus Blair, famous for his Christian faith, is so indifferent to Christianity that he doesn’t mind if his grandchildren are Muslims. And what “being British” means to this prime minister of Great Britain is that one doesn’t believe in anything in particular, one simply believes that all people (or rather all peoples) in Britain are free to believe whatever they want, so long as they don’t believe in terrorism and intolerance. And that is indeed multiculturalism. It is liberal equality as applied to peoples, cultures and religions. All peoples are equal, all cultures are equal, and all religions are equal, and they’re all equally welcome in Britain. But Britain itself has no people of its own, no culture of its own, and no religion of its own. The unique historic nation of Britain has been transformed into a hollow container.
And Blair somehow expects that this nation without qualities will have the collective will to maintain its bare liberal structure against the non-liberal alien masses it has welcomed within itself.
I believe that you know I am deeply committed to the ideas expressed on your website.Paul Henri writes from New Orleans:
I am afraid I must join Vincent in not being enamored with Ms. Baig’s physical appearance. I am enamored with your article though. You articulate Blair’s intellectual confusion. Essentially, Blair believes people (known as Muslims) committed to the degredation of Jews and Christians, for example, are acceptable as countrymen. Yet his primary ally, President Bush, purports that he will destroy the ability of the chief Muslim country (Iran) to carry out those commitments.LA replies:
Is Paul saying I have a beautiful mind?Jeff in England writes:
Good crisp writing and I totally agree with what you said. Again I am always amazed when these people don’t see any of the (ironic) consequences of their remarks. You would think they would. Just as you would think Chamberlain would have seen through Hitler and various leftists thru Stalin. Or the neocons when they praised the coming of Islamic “democracy” even though it meant groups like Hamas ruling.
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