A book fair in Paris
First it was cartoons in Denmark, then movies in the Netherlands, followed by an art exhibition in Berlin. (For a summary of those events, see here.) Now the culture wars have come to a book fair in Paris. The BBC reports:
A book fair in Paris has become the subject of controversy with several Muslim countries announcing boycotts because the guest of honour is Israel. Saudi Arabia has become the latest to withdraw, following Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Isesco) has also urged its 50 members to pull out from the fair, which starts on 14 March. Isesco said Israel had committed crimes against humanity in Palestinian areas.
One thing you have to say about Muslims is that, however much they may war on each other, they form a community of interest against outsiders. That's more than can be said of certain Christian bishops and Western leaders, who ignoring the fact that Muslims are more than capable of speaking out for themselves, see fit to take their part whenever they can.
If the West is ever defeated in the culture wars -- which is probable, given that the only settings in its shifter are Park, Neutral and Reverse -- it will be less due to the skill of its enemies than the absolute failure of its leadership. They have atomized their communities and trivialized the most sacred traditions of their culture. Under the banner of "tolerance", they proceed to lead their states (society would be an inaccurate term) towards the absolute destruction of self-confidence and positive belief.
Who now believes that any Western leader will tell Isesco they are hardly in a position to say anything about either humane behavior or books? Which phrase is the greater oxymoron: "Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation" or "Western leadership"?
Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves,that we are underlings.
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