Outlawing ‘Islamophobia’ Would Be Folly, Mr. Miliband

A few years back, when the American response to the horrors of September 11 reached its muscular zenith, dissenters from the cause liked to issue a pithy cri de coeur. “You can fight a nation or a person,” they would say with palpable indignation, “but you can’t declare war on an abstract noun.” The “War on Terror,” they would conclude, is little more than a marketing exercise for a preexisting disposition.

At the root of this objection was the fear that governments that cannot easily define what they are fighting will eventually come to be at war with everyone and everything.

What, after all, constitutes “terror” — an inherently subjective term? How, pray, can we know when it has been truly vanquished? And which borders — physical, philosophical, and political — must we respect in the course of combat? These, I’d venture, were fair questions.

“The essence of tyranny is not iron law,” Christopher Hitchens observed. “It is capricious law.”

Now, as in the time of King John, free people should demand some ground rules…

Miliband is simply vote-whoring, a time-honoured tradition itself.

  • David Murrell

    By vote-whoring, you mean Mr. Miliband wants to corner all the Islamic (i.e.anti-Semitic) votes out there in Britain. Must be lots out there.

  • Islam is a cult.

    Read – Five Reasons Why Islam is a Cult –


    Mr. Miliband, stuff your “Islamophobia” it where the sun doesn’t shine.

  • Gary

    Amazing how it’s now islamophobia to oppose child-bride pedophilia, flogging women , hanging gays in public , muslim rape-gangs , and beheading children and babies.
    Thank you Barbara Hall . You gave a death-cult the equal status to a religion for their Charter Right coverage.

  • Minicapt

    Little Eddie is no Ramsay MacDonald.