The comedian Jason Manford once joked that English Southerners and English Northerners only come together in the presence of someone ‘more’ foreign, like a Scot. The two usually opposed characters become in this situation, ‘English’, and proudly so, with all differences suspended. In the face of a French person, all three (the Scot, the Northerner and the Southerner) join together as ‘British’. In the face of an American, all four become ‘European’ etc…. Ultimately, Manford mused, the only way in which humanity could unite given these principles is after an Alien invasion, in which all would be become proudly ‘human’.
The Islamist threat is as close as we may get to that happy situation. Islam is not a race, or a nation, or anything with irreversible physical characteristics. It is something maintained by choice. Islamism, even more so, is entirely optional and can be abandoned at any time. Consequently, opposition…
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