Thursday, August 11, 2005

We're Not Allowed To Ask if They Blow Stuff Up

The Guardian - England's "leading advocate of cultural destruction," to paraphrase social critic Theodore Dalrymple, apparently decided that playing fluffer to radical Islam is a position too indignant - and too controversial - even for it. Muslim Dilpazier Aslam, Guardian "trainee journalist," and member of the radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir (roughly translated, "Burkas and Beheadings For Everyone"), was dismissed from the paper on July 22, 2005.

I know I'm getting a little late to this story - I honestly figured the jerk was going to get to keep his job, so I ignored it for a while. But I guess even the Ingsoc types at The Guardian have their limits - or principles. Aslam wrote a teen-slang-peppered column following the 7/7 London bombings that read like a radical Islamic United Colors of Bombing 'Em advert - more or less excusing the bombers because the current generation of Euro-Muslims 'rocks the boat.' Or bombs the bus, your pick.

The Guardian apparently knew Aslam belonged to Hizb ut-Tahrir, but, well, they have the diversity policy to end all diversity policies. Meaning that if a ficus applies for the job, it'll probably get it. Especially if it rocks the pot, presumably. Though I'd be willing to bet it turns out better print copy than the average Guardian columnist. Not to mention the fact that, if dismissed, it probably won't return later with a grudge and a bandoleer of Semtex strapped to it.