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Mittwoch, 1. November 2006

Kaufbefehl: Gottes eigener Journalist in Höchstform

Jeder kennt Mark Steyn. Oder: jeder sollte Mark Steyn kennen. Und jeder, absolut jeder, sollte sein neues, exzellent geschriebenes, unglaublich humorvolles und doch extrem ernstes Buch, America Alone, kaufen.

Wer sonst könnte so schreiben:
Those lefties who bemoan what America is doing to provoke 'the Muslim world' would go bananas if any Western politician started referring to 'the Christian world.' When such sensitive guardians of the separation of church and state endorse the first formulation but not the second, they implicitly accept that Islam has a political sovereignty, too.
Exzellent auch dieser Vergleich, nicht nur Mona Charens Lieblings-Passage:

This book isn’t an argument for more war, more bombing, or more killing, but for more will. In a culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of “suttee” — the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands. General Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural: “You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”

India today is better off without suttee. If you don’t agree with that, if you think that’s just dead-white-male Eurocentrism, fine. But I don’t think you really believe that.


Ergo: auch wenn es dieses Jahr nur ein einziges Buch sein sollte - dieses hier ist es.

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