July 10, 2005, - 10:33 am

Me in Today’s GUARDIAN OF LONDON

By Debbie Schlussel
I am in today’s Guardian of London, which quotes my column about Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Stockholm Syndrome-esque movie, “Vengeance,” which humanizes the Islamic terrorists who murdered the Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972.
I disagree with the reporter, Paul Harris, on one thing. He writes, “Now director Steven Spielberg is taking on another Jewish issue, with a film on the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.” No, Mr. Harris, this isn’t a “Jewish issue.” Terrorism is EVERYONE’s issue. Forget 7/7 already?

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I read your ?Who cares why they hate us?? piece on the eve of the London bombings. It?s around a decade since anybody dies in our capital as the result of terrorist activity. Prior to that, it was an annual or bi-annual event and had been for more than 20 years. They stopped bombing our capital because our government resisted the temptation to trot out the usual ?They will not win. Good will triumph over evil? platitudes after the latest bombing and realised that they could give the people, whom the terrorists claimed to represent, what they were demanding. And they found that they could deliver it without a loss of face and that the terrorists even allowed them to claim all of the credit. And then people stopped dying in London immediately. Nobody thinks that Blair or Major were weak to do this. They weren?t shunned as unpatriotic disgraces. In fact it?s one of the few things that all are agreed that they got right.
Al-Qaeda and all of its splinter groups have declared war on Western life because it feels that Westerners do not value the life of a Muslim above their own pursuit of money and power. In most Muslim countries, democracy is either non-existent or it?s a sham. Western interest in these countries only extends as far as financial investment for financial gain. In almost all cases this has succeeded in creating an affluent elite while condemning the poor to seemingly infinite poverty. And in almost all cases, the governments of these countries are either sustained by western interest in the status quo, or isolated from world affairs by lack of resources or an unwillingness to dance to anybody else?s tune.
So, a people feel threatened and/or unprotected by their own government and feel no alternative but to take up arms to protect themselves. That they are rallied by what we call fanatics and terrorists is really a side issue. Their hatred of the people was the mother of Al-Qaeda, not the other way around. And, after all, they were told that they are either ?with us or against us?.
However, they have nothing whatsoever to gain from supporting a war on terror, which might just result in them being bombed out of their homes by the coalition of the willing. It would be idiotic to expect them to welcome our multi-nationals into their economies. They know that we only build factories there because the labour is cheap and the workers have no rights. And as for them feeling our pain on 11-S, 11-M or 7-J, to many of them these are regular occurrences in their own countries.
Who cares why they hate us? I do. I know a girl who is lying in hospital with serious burns from last weeks atrocities. I know that she protested against the invasion of Iraq because she knew it would a bad situation many times worse. She knows that she has been ignored, and many millions of Muslims know that they too are ignored. I also know that a modern terrorist army has never been defeated. And Tony Blair knew that when he began to wonder why the IRA hated us, and sat down to negotiate with them. That?s the Tony Blair, your n?1 ally.

ebbhead on July 11, 2005 at 7:26 am

As always..there’s an economic reason for everything…Well,I’ve “hated and ignored Muslims” my whole life.I think Muhammad Ali was grossly overrated as a boxer-and a man. Maybe,my “hatred” “understandably stems”from the fact that the terrorist-and Jew hating Mufti of Jerusalem spent much of World War II in Berlin with Hitler. In any case,as a proud member of The Purple Gang,I’m proud to be hated by these Islamic
muhfuhs.

jaywilton on July 11, 2005 at 10:59 am

Just what the good ole US of A needs, a bunch of bad teeth whiny modern day Neville Chamberlain sissies who give their tax money to a stupid family of goofs like Prince Charles to give us advice.
Oh, boo hoo hoo, we supposedly ignored some Muslims and hurt their “peaceful religion” feelings, huh? How awful, I guess we ignored poor little Hitler a few years ago, too, huh? Speaking of ignoring, sounds like you’ve ignored the lovely Debbie’s columns about the fanatic Muslims.
Don’t worry, ebbhead, those nutcase Muslim fanatics are getting plenty attention these days by a brave army of MEN from the United States.
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last.”
–Winston Churchill

The_Man on July 11, 2005 at 10:21 pm

Yeah, whatever about my teeth. Chamberlain wasn’t so much an appeaser as a sucker. Thank god for Winnie. Oh, and thanks for the help, guys. Only, we weren’t sure if you were going to show up at all so we started without you.
Quite agree about the royal family sentiments. Only thing is, what we pay them is peanuts compared to what Americans spend in London when they come over to gawp at the palace, so it kind of evens itself out.
Ignored Hitler? Not for as long as America did, eh?
…attention from MEN from the United States…and some WOMEN too. Not to mention the British. Did you know there are Muslim soldiers in the British army? And homosexuals. There’s even a transexual. Shoulder to shoulder, comrade.
Oh dear, I really didn’t want to go down this road. You seem to care passionately about all of this, The_Man, so I’ll ask you a couple of questions. Let’s see if you can get them right.
Should we carry on throwing bombs and soldiers at this problem, or should we try to use a bit of cunning and undermine them in other ways? Say, through their supporters? And which do you think Al-Qaeda would like us to do and why?

ebbhead on July 12, 2005 at 12:54 pm

Gee, ebb, when did Boy George and George Michael join your army?
If it was up to me, I’d bring on the nukes and we’d be back to 30 cents a gallon for gas (petro to you limeys).
What happened to the England that produced Benny Hill, nekkid chicks in the newspaper, The Rolling Stones, James Bond movies, Elizabeth Hurley (unless Deb digs up some dirt on her), and dear ole Margaret Thatcher?

The_Man on July 12, 2005 at 6:53 pm

Lummy, The_Man. You?re getting aggressive. Am I getting close to the truth? Surely we can scrum down and thrash this out between us? I can see you care passionately about this, so I?ll let you calm down a little. I?ll just be over here finishing my thesis ?What kind of country gives the vote to Homer Simpson? The kind that elects GWB as President- Part II? Let me know when you?re ready to resume.

ebbhead on July 13, 2005 at 8:06 am

No more Nice American, ebb. It is now my duty to report you to the BBC because you used their dreaded and banned “T” words, “terror” and “terrorist.”
A scrum might be OK as long as you don’t make the silly mistake of calling soccer “football.” That boring so called sport with that sissy Beckham isn’t football, it’s soccer, aka Europe’s WNBA with men. Football is America’s number one sport with huge, fast tough guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Refrigator Perry, where we have terrific cheerleading babes.

The_Man on July 13, 2005 at 9:30 pm

Crikey, I really can’t keep up with this devastating repartee. I’m absolutely blown away and I shall denounce my Britishness and burn my passport immediately. Yes, then I shall move to the States, gain 100 pounds in weight, get 147 more channels of TV installed and only take my greasy arse where my Humvee takes me.
I shall hold opinions about everything, and blame it all on people who don’t agree with me. You’ve succeded in showing me the futility of my own opinions, The_Man. Can’t imagine why you couldn’t answer any of my questions, but when we’re neighbours we can talk about it then.

ebbhead on July 14, 2005 at 8:55 am

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