England used to be a fairly wonderful place. For one thing, with that blessed wet climate, it’s just so doggone pretty. Spring in England is a sight to see. England also used to stand for a really high degree of civilization. It prided itself on setting high standards for its citizens (an idea spoofed in Noel Coward’s Mad dogs and Englishmen). During World War II, Britain was, for a long time, the lone light in the long, dark war against the Nazis. The British wrote wonderful books that sent their ideas about civilized behavior all over the world — from Adam Smith to Jane Austen, from Arthur Conan Doyle to Shakespeare (and that’s just a random sampling of whatever popped into my head).
The British also used to be terrible. They subjugated Ireland for centuries, often in the cruelest ways imaginable. They used imperialism to dominate all sorts of different places where they had no business being. Although, to give them credit, that was the world norm and the time, and the British were a lot less bad than other colonists (most notably Belgium, which established a terror record in the Congo that I believe has been unmatched by any other colonizing power). After breaking all their promises to the Jews, and trapping desperate Jews in Hitler’s German before WWII, they abandoned the Jews to Arab depredations in 1948.
One can go on and on with this good/bad analysis, but I think England is slipping irreparably into bad, because she has finally lost all sense of right and wrong, or of good and evil. Or, as Melanie Phillips writes:
At a recent Stop the West rally (yes, I know, but that’s their real agenda) demonstrators waved placards proclaiming ‘We’re all Hezbollah now’. Really? If so, why were they allowed to parade in Trafalgar Square? In a sane society, they should surely all have been arrested as a self-proclaimed army of holy warriors whose explicit aim was to murder untold numbers of innocents, destroy Britain, America and the free world and subjugate them to the dictatorship of the ayatollahs.
Because that’s what Hezbollah is. Literally designated the Army of God, it is a military force funded, trained by and answerable to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iran that is pledged — as it has been since the Khomeini revolution of 1979 — to the destruction of Israel and the genocide of the Jews, as a prelude to destroying the west and infidels everywhere. The Iran that is steadily developing nuclear weapons so that it can achieve these aims.
But then, Britain at this moment isn’t really sane. It is gripped by a kind of collective derangement in which, blinded by hatred of Israel, it thinks that the current war against Israel by Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, and its ally Syria, is a war by Israel against ‘innocent’ Lebanon. As a result it is quite unable to grasp that Hezbollah’s war against Israel, which is desperately trying to bring Israel to an end once and for all, is a key salient in Iran’s escalating war against the free world.
Because Hezbollah is Iran. Every weapon in Iran’s arsenal is potentially available to Hezbollah. A few days ago, the London Arabic daily, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, detailed the extensive assistance being provided to Hezbollah by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
Hezbollah’s commander Hassan Nasrallah leads an Iranian jihadi army that exports terror round the world. And just as it did with the rival jihadists of al Qaeda, Britain — a prime target of Iranian terror — is once again allowing itself to become a theatre of the Iranian jihad and a weak link in the chain of resistance against it.
Many on the British left mistakenly believe that Hizbollah is merely another Muslim liberation movement to add to its collection. (The thinking which leads the left to classify genocide as liberation is a story in itself). As a result, the comrades of ‘Stop the War’ march behind placard images of their new hero Nasrallah; while George Galloway MP proclaimed at the demonstration: ‘Hezbollah is not a terrorist group and I am here to glorify the Lebanese resistance movement.’
Read the rest of her article here.
UPDATE: Just a little more on the decline and fall of the British Empire. Silly me! I just thought they were wankers because of their decadent, corrupt political viewpoints. (And D-Brit, I hope you’re right that, should push come to shove, we’ll see a repeat of Britain’s 1930s switch from morally blind pacifists to righteous warriors. I fear that, this time, the cancer goes too deep.)