Saturday, December 10, 2005

Some Hope

Blogging has been sparse of late, mainly because of a torrent of very bad news, affirming Oriana Fallaci's apocalyptic prognosis for the West. Where do I begin ? The Jyllands-Posten affair is becoming internationalised, and UN figures are sypathetic to those offended by free speech rather than those practicing it. Muslim countries are working to isolate Denmark. Iran keeps getting more and more openly dangerous, and noone blinks. Israel is facing the death of a thousand cuts and is forced to make even more concenssions, not that these have done anything to prevent the annual torrent of abuse from the UN General Assembly. UN Palestine Day was marked with a map of "Palestine" (Israel wiped off) and Kofi Annan in attendance.
The Left is destroying what good has been achieved in Iraq. And so on and so on.

Now, sitting in my lounge room this morning hung over, having slept far too little, and wondering what embarrasing horrors I visited on my poor fellow workers last night (great party, I went as a pimp), I have come across what is definitely the best news in weeks, and from an unlikely place.

One piece of bad news over the last few weeks has been the savage reflexive treatment given to a French academic that dared to speak the truth about recent disturbances that the country's blowdried Prime Disgrace With A Girl's Name has pointedly instructed us not to refer to as riots.

It is unexpected, welcome and rather miraculous when any French politician, especially one of Sarkozy's calibre has the balls to do this.

Things like this give me hope.

The storm aroused by French-Jewish philosopher Alain
Finkielkraut refuses to subside. On Sunday, French Interior Minister Nicolas
Sarkozy threw his full weight behind the beleaguered philosopher, who has been
forced to remain cloistered at home following the sharp reactions to an
interview he gave to Haaretz.Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Sarkozy said:
"Monsieur Finkielkraut is an intellectual who brings honor and pride to French
wisdom ... If there is so much criticism of him, it might be because he says
things that are correct."The minister was asked about Finkielkraut because
several reporters saw similarities between the conservative views the
philosopher expressed about the recent riots in France and the tough stance the
minister took in dealing with the agitators who took to the street night after

Here is how the "storm" began. Read it all.

Right now, I pray for the strength of Sarkozy and Rasmussen

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