Category Archives: untruth

A religion of peace

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 08.21.04It’s just that Muslims choose strange ways of showing it

At Sousse, 38 people — 25 of them British — were murdered by a Mohammedan fundamentalist gunman at an hotel (in an atrocity prefigured in the 2001 Michel Houellebecq novel Plateforme).

The attack possessed, writes Dalrymple, logic from the Islamo-Leninist ‘the worse the better’ point of view. Tourists

like sun, sea and sites, but not at the cost of their lives. Tourism can survive a dictatorship such as that of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, but not a democratically elected government that cannot guarantee security.

After the attacks, David Cameron

made a statement in which he reiterated, among other things, that Islam was a religion of peace. He was under no pressure, except that of his own pusillanimity, to say any such thing, which is in flat contradiction both to history and to the state of the world today. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt would not have said anything as stupid or as cowardly.

Leadership, says Dalrymple, should not

propound blatant untruths. It is true that most Muslims are peaceful and want to get on with their lives; the same is true of almost everyone, including Marxists. It is blatantly obvious that not all terrorists are Muslim; but when they are Muslim, their religious ideas are a necessary precondition of their acts.

I don’t shit in doorways

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 08.14.30I don’t piss in my pants.

I get on, I validate.

The things that piss Dalrymple off

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 08.20.45The targets in Petit traité d’intolérance: Les fatwas de Charb are often worthy ones, writes Dalrymple.

In ‘Death to instructions written in the first person!’, Charb complains about the increasing tendency of authorities in Paris to issue directives thus. Buses do not say on their liquid crystal screens ‘Validate your ticket or face a fine’ but ‘I get on, I validate.’


infantilises the population and turns the city into a giant primary school.

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 08.33.01It also

adds its mite to the miasma of untruth in which we now increasingly believe that we live. For the fact is that many people get on and do not validate their tickets; on a crowded bus in Montreuil recently I was, in fact, the only person who validated his ticket, which made me feel like one of those persons in a Bateman cartoon. And on the Paris Métro one often sees young people vault over the barriers to avoid payment, and no one ever confronts them.