Friday, February 13, 2009

Mob Rule 1, Free Speech 0

Not much to say about the whole sorry Geert Wilders episode except to quote The Times:
It is a common notion that the right to free speech must be held in balance with the requirement to avoid needless offence. That is a mistake. The right to oppose, mock, deride and even insult people's beliefs is essential to a society where bad ideas are superseded by better ones. There is no right to have one's emotional sensibilities protected, for it is no business of government to legislate for people's feelings. Mr Wilders' views are obnoxious, and (not but) his freedom to express them must be defended.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Blaming antisemitic attacks on the Gazan invasion

There has been a shocking rise in the number of antisemitic attacks on Britain's Jewish community in recent weeks. Many of the attacks have been carried out by Arabs and Asians. What's most shocking of all is that Israel's attack on Gaza is blamed by many for the attacks.

17 years ago, I remember anti-fascists condemning racist attacks against Blacks and Asians in East London. This was all during the aftermath of Stephen Lawrence's murder. There were some apologists who argued at the time that is was all due to local resentment at Blacks and Asians getting all the jobs and housing. Of course it wasn't. It was due to racist thugs attacking innocent people. And it's no different here.

The liberal left have yet to wake up to reality, continuing to believe that you can only be racist if you're white.