Not Buddhists

Political correctness is an insidious disease, and it now appears to extend to the Wall Street Journal. In its story, 12 Arrested in Suspected U.K. Terror Plot, what we will not learn is the religion of the suspected would-be terrorists.

One may only guess, but there is a 100 percent chance of guessing correctly if that guess is “Muslim.” The Brits are now a soggy, squishy lot, and they are, if possible, even worse than we are in the PC game.

The suspects are yet another bunch of Muslims intent on mayhem. We shall, of course, hear, over and over again, that these are “home-grown” terrorists (assuming that even one of them is a British citizen), and great hue and cry shall be heard on how we in the West have, yet again, caused those innocent Muslims to plot against us.

‘Twas not always so. Back in the day, some Brits knew better. Sir Winston Churchill knew. From his wartime journal The Story of the Malakand Field Force:

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

Indeed it is evident that Christianity, however degraded and distorted by cruelty and intolerance, must always exert a modifying influence on men’s passions, and protect them from the more violent forms of fanatical fever, as we are protected from smallpox by vaccination. But the Mahommedan religion increases, instead of lessening, the fury of intolerance. It was originally propagated by the sword, and ever since, its votaries have been subject, above the people of all other creeds, to this form of madness.

Much good has come out of what used to be the British Empire. Clear thinking about the enemies of our civilization is one such commodity, now in quite short supply.

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