“GREAT” BRITAIN? I’D SAY MEDIOCRE, AT BEST
It seems that hardly a week goes by around here that we don’t mention those wacky public master-debaters at England’s Oxford University.
Historically, they are of course famous for their 1933 Resolution: “Resolved; This House will not fight for King and Country”. By swearing not to stand up to Hitler & Company in 1933, they merely ensured that they would be forced to do so five years later, and on much less favorable terms.
Well, they’re at it again:
Mona Charen asks:
“Resolved: This House Believes that Israel has a Right to Exist.” So Israel’s presence in the world, the right of seven million people to a sovereign existence, is a fit topic for debate? Is there any other country in the world whose right to exist the privileged young men and women of Oxford would think open to question? Jordan? Her sovereignty dates to 1946, just two years before Israel. Is that up for grabs? How about Great Britain? Bangladesh? Cuba? In fact, there is no other country whose very existence is considered debatable. Now what does that say?
Mark Steyn answers:
It reminds us that it’s not a border dispute or a territorial dispute but, for one party, an existence dispute. It’s a telling comment on the state of affairs that more and more Europeans are growing more and more comfortable with more and more open support for the absolutist position of Hamas and the PLO charter. I’d disagree with you only on one point, when you write that “anti-Semitism has made a roaring comeback in Great Britain”. As these things go, and by the standards of the Continent, Britain has a more or less honorable record. That’s what makes the current virulence – from the BBC’s institutional anti-Israelism to the increasing number of cemetery desecrations to the security guards required by more and more synagogues – a mark of shame in a traditionally tolerant society. The British dishonor themselves and their history in adopting the grubbiest of Continental pathologies.
It also says that Euro-elites have not really divested themselves of the Hitler Project; when you tell Jews they can’t be here and then tell them they can’t be there, either, you are really just telling them they can’t be, period.
I guess the Oxford Union is still smarter than God. Must be nice.
Now, I don’t want to go all anti-intellectual on you. Even though I’m a member in good standing of the Stupid Party, I admire the great conservative thinkers; Locke, Burke, Adam Smith, Russell Kirk, Foghorn Leghorn. But intellectuals can get so over-educated that they think up is down, right is wrong and Ben Afleck is a deep-thinker.
In fact, the Oxford Union isn’t even as smart as a 5th-grader. Why? Because even a 5th-grader knows that “debate” means opposing points of view–and Oxford Union has loaded both debate teams with supporters of Palestinian terrorism.
“Resolved: A debating society with no real debate is as useless as tits on a boar hog.”
As Al Gore says, “The debate is over!”
Pre-Update!: Speaking of Foghorn, here’s more cartoon musings from the noted cartoon-speech criminal Steyn:
Here’s another news item out of Britain this week: A new version of The Three Little Pigs was turned down for some “excellence in education” award on the grounds that “the use of pigs raises cultural issues” and, as a result, the judges “had concerns for the Asian community” — i.e., Muslims. Non-Muslim Asians — Hindus and Buddhists – have no “concerns” about anthropomorphized pigs.
This is now a recurring theme in British life. A while back, it was a local government council telling workers not to have knick-knacks on their desks representing Winnie-the-Pooh’s porcine sidekick, Piglet. As Martin Niemöller famously said, first they came for Piglet and I did not speak out because I was not a Disney character and, if I was, I’m more of an Eeyore. So then they came for the Three Little Pigs, and Babe, and by the time I realized my country had turned into a 24/7 Looney Tunes it was too late, because there was no Porky Pig to stammer “Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!” and bring the nightmare to an end.
Semi-Related Pre-Update!: P.J. O’Rourke explains our presidential primary election to Europeans:
Let us not forget Ron Paul who is very popular–with people who stay up all night in Ayn Rand chatrooms, bury Krugerrands in the yard, and think the Trilateral Commission causes sub-prime mortgage foreclosures.
Now if someone would just explain it to me.