Thursday, September 18, 2003


An extraordinary conversation unfolded on the train yesterday evening. Armed only with The Sun, three commuters pontificated on what they would like to do to "violent and intolerant" Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri. Most of these ways of "dealing" with "the mad Mullah" involved reciprocal degrees of intolerance and violence, it seems. So no surprise there. Finally one protagonist, warming to the tabloid's own suggestion, came up with the best idea of all. "They should send him back to Islam," she declared without a flicker of irony. I wanted to suggest that until we stop being the mirror of the problem, we cannot see the light. But I didn't have the courage...

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