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Thursday, September 01, 2005

V.S Naipaul on a Cloud

Nobel Laurate V.S. Naipaul voices some odd opinions. Tell me what you think:

What happened on September 11 was too astonishing. It can't happen again. But in the end it has had no effect on the world. It has just been a spectacle, like a bank raid in a western film. They will be caught by the sheriff eventually.

The bigger issue is that Western Europe, while built on tolerance, today lacks a strong cultural life, making it vulnerable to Islamicization. Muslim women shouldn't wear headscarves in the West. If you decide to move to another country and to live within its laws you don't express your disregard for the essence of the culture. It's a form of aggression.
h/t: Judith

Am I missunderstanding him? Vulnerable to Islam? I would argue if any countries have a solid cultural ground it is the European and the fact that they are open to multiculturalism is proving the strength.

The last part of the second quote is rubbish. There is nothing that says that you are not welcome to live in a country as a guest and on your conditions; it is a moral right. It is perfectly possible to be a happy and respected resident in China without speaking Chinese. If anyone considers a turban, headscarf or any other faith-based attributes disrespectful, it is because they lack respect for other people, cultures and differences. If you consider it aggressive, it is because you have no tolerance.

Naipaul's sense of morality is obviously clouded. Don't be surprised, this is after all the man who happily declared that prostitutes have played an important 'therapeutic' role in his life. That man should not speak about regard for other people.

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