Friday, February 15, 2008
Values and War - A New Paper Pulls No Punches
Multiculturalism in Britain takes a fresh beating today with the publication of a paper titled "Risk, Threat and Security: The Case of the United Kingdom." It's published by the security think-tank, the Royal United Services Institute, and you can read it here.
The paper contends that Britain suffers from a confused sense of its own identity, and says this lack of confidence means it presents itself as a target for what the authors call Britain's "Islamist terrorist enemy." Though the piece makes no mention of it, the recent suggestions by the Archbishop of Canterbury, that the adoption in Britain of some aspects of sharia law "seem inevitable," would presumably be seen as further evidence of this confusion.
The paper goes on to suggest that the current era - characterised, it says, by social fragmentation, a shared sense that another (bigger) 9/11 is inevitable, and confusion over how to face this threat - resembles the years leading up to the First World War. This is an unambiguous analogy and one intended to provoke a response from Government that it supports the same idea of uncontested British values.
Let us know what you think.
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