Just sneaking in before the December 31 deadline, I think we have a winner for the 2010 Politically Correct Idiot Of The Year competition. Writing in today’s Guardian (where else?), we have the celebrated Henning Mankell, crime writer and dramatist. He is assessing the motivations of Taimour Abdulwahab, the Islamist terrorist radicalised in Britain who self-detonated in Stockholm last week, but thankfully failed to kill anyone but himself. What is so impressive about this piece is its all round, no-stone-left-unturned, right-from the get-go, cretin-level stupidity.
It all begins with the headline, and the subheading explaining that headline: “Stockholm bombing: We need action not just words to prevent it happening again“. And now the subheading: “In the wake of the Stockholm bomber, all of us Swedes must unite against Islamophobia“‘
If it looks like a dog, smells like a dog and barks like a dog, chances are it’s a dog. But this is no ordinary dog. This is the Hound of the Baskervilles.
The first two paragraphs simply sum up what happened. By paragraph three he is ready to outline his thinking:
“This is the first suicide bomber in Scandinavia and I am surprised that so many are – surprised. It reminds me of when the passenger jets crashed into the towers in New York. I never understood the surprise that followed. Wasn’t this exactly what we had expected? A situation where the extreme, the desperate and the furious attacked the western world that for so long had humiliated Muslim countries. An attack that would be understandable but nevertheless wrong and worthy of condemnation”.
Just ponder on those concluding words: “understandable but nevertheless wrong and worthy of condemnation.” It’s the quintessential statement of western grovelling: “Please don’t hurt us, please! But if you do, we quite understand. After all, you’re only doing this because we provoked you into it.”