The Wilted Rose

Charting Labour meltdown 2007-2010

Three seminal moments: Race, religion, and war

I experienced three seminal moments in the last 5 days or so.

First was watching Question Time on Thursday evening with a friend and his wife, who are both Muslims. Their discomfort at Griffin was understandable.

Second, as I passed through Birmingham city centre on Sunday, there was a military display of some kind on near the Bull Ring. Some young Pakistanis turned away from walking towards the army display, shaking their heads. A teenage girl wearing a headscarf seemed particularly vexed. As an Ulster Protestant, I have much time for the army. The army is part of being British, but I realised then that something had been robbed from these young British Asians by Blair’s (he ordered it) and Brown’s (he paid for it) disastrous Iraq and Afghan campaigns. They can’t support the army, given our killing of Iraqi and Afghan innocents – the children’s blood being on Labour’s hands. British Asians are true British people and amongst the most hard-working, and they also have solid family values, strong community values, genuine morality (e.g. marriage being a bedrock of family), and high levels of entrepreneurship that we should be proud of.

Third, I watched the classic animated Japanese film “Grave of the Fireflies” for the first time. A story of a young brother and sister trying to survive in Japan during the end of WWII, despite devastating firebombing by the Americans of civilians. It is a very upsetting film, and yet beautifully made, and at the end I must admit that I did cry. Watch it and dare say you are “pro-war”.

We haven’t moved much further beyond the 1945 firebombing of civilians, have we, though? At least we will not repeat the disastrous mistakes of Iraq and Afghanistan by bombing Iranian women and children too; at least I hope we won’t (whatever you think of Ahmadinejad). War, race, and religion may be intertwined but, as an evangelical Christian, I for one cannot support the bombing of innocents that was a central part of the wars on the Afghan and Iraqi people – and nor will I support the same being inflicted upon the Iranians.


27 October, 2009 - Posted by | politics | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I have problems when people talk about faith and hard work, I worked 28 years solid not one single holiday as I worked to feed and cloth my family, one accident left me on my back and now I’m classed as Paraplegic, so this must mean I’m work shy and lazy like all non Muslim. I have a few mates who play football who are Muslims and they have been on the dole for ten years are they lazy nope they cannot get a job, Asians and Muslim have the highest unemployment so they must be a reason are they lazy no of course not they are the like the rest of us unable to find a job.

    When picking out groups and say these are so hard working, you are not being fair.

    Comment by Robert | 27 October, 2009 | Reply

    • Hey, Robert, I’m saying that they’re “amongst the most hard-working”, e.g. if someon runs a takeaway or cornershop, or tries to make a living driving a Hackney Cab in Birmingham, they have to work a lot longer than the 40 hours or so a week that most of us work. That’s hard work and long hours if you ask me.

      Comment by Armchair Sceptic | 28 October, 2009 | Reply

  2. Fyi re the event in Brum – 200 people took part in a Trafalgar Day parade celebrating the bicentenary of the opening of Britains first monument to Lord Nelson in Birmingham. Pity that this would divide people.

    Comment by Praguetory | 27 October, 2009 | Reply

    • Yes, I saw the sea cadets passing on New Street, and I thought that it’s nice that young kids can take part in a celebration of our history. It’s just a pity that I didn’t see any brown faces amongst the sea cadets and the wider parade, because Labour has driven a wedge between us and our Muslim brothers and sisters.

      Comment by Armchair Sceptic | 28 October, 2009 | Reply

  3. I agree that we should not have gone to war against Iraq or Afghanistan, we should leave those countries to sort out their own problems.

    While Suddam Hussain was a tyrant he did keep the country in check, we have opened up a hornet’s nest and now we are going to pay the price, fighting Muslims in far away lands is a mistake, we should not be sacrificing the lives of our young men and women on a country and it’s people who hate us, New Labour should hang it’s head in shame, Blair should be tried for War crimes……

    Comment by newsextra1962 | 26 March, 2010 | Reply

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