Thursday, October 26, 2006
This afternoon I participated along with various other bloggers in a conference call with Mark Steyn, whose new book -- America Alone -- I have been rather relentlessly touting on this blog. The sponsor of the call, OneJerusalem, recorded it for your listening pleasure. If you do listen to it, please reassure me that my question for Mr. Steyn might have been even less coherent. If you don't listen to it, at least read John Hawkins' bullet points.
Wow that mp3 is over an hour long. I gotta leave in 10 minutes. No time for that.
On to the bullet points. I found something interesting ... "Countries like Scandinavia have become bi-cultural.."
Countries like Scandinavia? ROFLMAO.
One of the bullet points: "French Muslims were more hostile than the Muslims than I met in the Middle-East."
In 1871 the national government of France sent troops to Paris. The soldiers killed roughly 25,000 rebellious residents of the city (Paris Commune of 1871). Muslims should remember this lesson from history.
The French built the streets of Paris wide for a reason: To give the weapons of soldiers a wide field of fire during times of rebellion.
Anonymous, I imagine that the author of the bullet points is fairly well-aware of the existence of Norway, Finland, etc as separate states. Which makes your point rather silly.
The Scandinavian nations are culturally similar in many ways, and though they are admitted different percentages of immigrants, respond to them in similar ways. Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish are also just dialects of the single language Scandinavian. Reports to the contrary are dated, based strongly on history and the nation-state mentality of the 19th C forward, not on linguistics.
You imagine the author is well-aware that no nation called "Scandinavia" exists?
You imagine that?
Well, great. I'll put your imagination up against what he actually wrote any time.
ps. He didn't mention languages. He used the word "countries", no matter what you may imagine he wrote.
I'll say it. John Hawkins definitely knows that "Scandinavia" is not a country. Bloggers work fast and are often imprecise or sloppy in their language. It goes with the territory. I think that mocking that sort of thing is pointless, even if entertaining on occasion.