Posts Tagged ‘7/7’

David Aaronovitch: ‘No Excuses For Terror’

09/10/2013

Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4

I recently watched this documentary by The Times’ journalist and commentator, David Aaronovitch.  First broadcast on the UK’s Channel 5 in 2006, it is a superb deconstruction of the UK and American Liberal Left’s masochistic sympathising for Islamic terrorists at the expense of proportionate criticism of US foreign policy and Israel.

Aaronovitch interviews a number of straight-talking academics and public commentators, as well as the mother of one of those killed on 7/7, and counters all suggestions that Western decadence and even US and UK intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan are to blame for Muslims turning themselves into human bombs targeting civilian non-combatants all over the World.

Highly recommended.

Sam Harris at TED 2010: Science can answer moral questions

23/03/2010

manicstreetpreacher is delighted to see that his hero of atheism has still got it!

My detractors who chide me for being a mouthpiece for the Four Horsemen should take a look at this and see why I choose to rely on Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens so much.

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science.  But Sam Harris argues that science can – and should – be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

Sit back and enjoy.

TED link

Thread on Richard Dawkins.net

Sam Harris’ homepage

Project Reason

Sam Harris’ Wikipedia page

Edmund Standing on The British Labour Government’s Ruinous Approach to Combating Islamic Extremism

13/03/2010

Prolific secular and anti-fascist blogger Edmund Standing has a new article published on Butterflies & Wheels, which can be accessed here.  The clue is in the title.

The approach taken by the Labour Government has been ruinous for community relations and for the integration of immigrant groups. A formula for a successful and cohesive society is found in the promotion of patriotism, individual responsibility within a framework of individual rights, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Instead of this, the Government’s approach has resulted in a disjointed society, collectivism and communalism, demands for a parallel legal system, and the empowerment of a particularly belligerent element in the British Muslim community.

With a prime minister claiming post-9/11 that the Koran is “remarkable, progressive and inclusive… extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition… practical and far ahead of its time in attitudes toward marriage, women, and governance”, you begin to wonder whether our elected politicians appreciate the gravity of the problem they are facing.  Or whether they just need to sack their spin doctors.

Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe on pointless UK terror alert

08/02/2010

manicstreetpreacher is RAOTFL at Charlie Brooker’s latest successful aim at the nail’s head.

The UK government’s recent pointless upgrading of its terror threat monitor status to “severe” was an inexplicable and bizarre episode to put it mildly.  I am wondering what they were trying to spin out of the headlines.  Fortunately, Charlie Brooker’s inspired Newswipe gave it the treatment it deserved in a segment aptly titled “The Week in Bullshit”.

Brooker’s superb takedown of prime time news and comment shows has also produced this inspired dissection of pro-forma news reports.

Why is this show relegated to BBC Four?