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Grovelling Europeans 27th March 2006

Anatol Lieven (March) wants Europeans to practise self-censorship lest they offend somebody he describes as “the Prophet.” There are a great many prophets and not all are dead—several gentlemen offer business cards describing themselves as such in Seoul, a hotbed for that sort of thing. Believers in anyone can describe him, her or it in any way they want, but a non-Muslim journalist writing in a non-Muslim journal who concedes such primacy to a particular individual is exceeding respect—he is grovelling. Are Europeans to grovel? What about the duty of bearding fanatics and exposing their…

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