Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Brit diplomat toadies, Beeb blacks it out
The Pakistani newspaper Pak Tribune reports today (Hat tip: Weasel Zippers) that following a meeting in Islamabad with Pakistan's foreign minister Monday, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband tried to ingratiate himself with his Muslim hosts with a gratuitous slap at the Counterjihad.
"We strongly denounce the anti Islam propaganda blitz being unleashed in Europe in the name of freedom of expression," he declared. Miliband was doubtless refering to the recent release on the Internet of Dutch MP Geert Wilders' short film "Fitna," which juxtaposes Qur'anic passages exhorting the faithful to "strike terror" into the hearts of unbelievers (8:60) and to "smite at their necks" (47:4) with video clips of contemporary Muslims doing just that in New York on 9/11, in London and Madrid, and with a decapitating knife in Iraq. Wilders, who was thwarted in his efforts to get his production run on Dutch TV, was merely trying to tell the simple, brutal truth: that when militant Muslims attack unbelievers -- even the unarmed and helpless -- they are following the scriptures of their creed, propounded by its founding prophet and held to be the irrefutable command of the almighty. That Miliband, whose countrymen have been repeatedly attacked by such fanatics, should "strongly denounce" such truth-telling should earn him the kind of obloquy Neville Chamberlain received after caving in to Hitler's demands at Munich in 1938.
This is unlikely to happen -- not only because public discourse in Britain has long been hobbled by the dictates of post-colonial political correctness, but because Miliband's toadying may well go unreported by British media. While the Pak Tribune led its story on the Islamabad meeting with the foreign secretary's dhimmi remark, the BBC omitted it from its own report altogether.
Update: A check of sundry British media -- to wit, the Times, Daily Mail, Guardian, Mirror, and Reuters -- reveals not a single mention of Miliband's remark.