Friday, October 15, 2010

The jihadi threat

Nick Cohen writes how many academics have already surrendered. These "academics" think ignoring the threat might make it go away.

How radical Islam seduced the academics
The Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab case highlights the pusillanimity of those who should be confronting extremism

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Nick Cohen
The Observer, Sunday 10 October 2010
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A few months ago, I sat in a magnificent Victorian lecture hall at University College London. It was once one of finest centres of intellectual inquiry in Europe, thanks to the efforts of its founder, the sternly anti-clerical philosopher Jeremy Bentham. It did not take me long to realise that fear of clerical fascism had led Bentham's trembling successors to abandon intellectual inquiry and basic intellectual standards along with it.

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