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BBC NEWS | UK | Anger at Kilroy 'anti-Arab rant'

Mr Kilroy-Silk's piece started: "We are told by some of the more hysterical critics of the war on terror that 'it is destroying the Arab world'. So? Should we be worried about that?"

Some have complained that anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment has led to attacks
Mr Kilroy-Silk went on to say that the toppling of despotic regimes in the Middle East should be a war aim, and questioned the contribution of the Arab nations to world welfare and civilisation.
"Apart from oil - which was discovered, is produced and is paid for by the West - what do they contribute? Can you think of anything? Anything really useful?... No, nor can I...
"We're told the the Arabs loathe us. Really?... What do they think we feel about them? That we adore them for the way they murdered more than 3,000 civilians on 11 September and then danced in the hot, dusty streets to celebrate the murders?"
He said Arab nations should be grateful for the aid and technology the West had provided.
"They should go down on their knees and thank God for the munificence of the United States."

Silly boy for saying such things, the BBC has now banned him. And we must be alert for nasty boys because as:

CRE chair Trevor Phillips said: "This article is indisputably stupid and its main effect will be to give comfort to the weak-minded.

"However, given the extreme and violent terms in which Mr Kilroy-Silk has expressed himself, there is a danger that this might incite some individuals to act against someone who they think is an Arab."

And Mr Phillips has had "no choice" but to report it to the police to look into.

I didn't know anyone would actually act on Kilroy-Silk's thoughts but we can't be too careful can we. Free Speech can't be valuable can it because it is free, and of course everyone can see the factual errors he makes in the quotes above.


What about um...algebra? and, ah, Arabic numerals, Lawrence of Arabia, and Arabian Horses and err, Civilization? I know it been a while since they came up with these but we are still using some of them.

I note (BBC Website!) that he now says that he actally published this many months ago and that NO-ONE made any complaints at the time and that it was a re-publication in the Sunday Express. He also says that the original article had ARAB STATES not Arabs. If true puts a slightly different light on it. ie why did the MCB not complain after the original publication months ago, how come the CRE are still in existance and trying to justify their inflated budget and feeling of self importance?

PS WTF has Lawrence of Arabia got to do with all this?

Welllll, nothing, it turns out.

the numerals and algebra they nicked off the Indians. Arabs discarded the negative numbers in a dopey move. Lawrence wasn't a real Arab. Horses I couldn't say and civilisation? Pardon? Modern arabs have as much relevence to Mesopotamians and Ancient Egyptians as I do.

You miss the point. While Europe was in the dark ages the Arab world was busy translating Greek and Latin texts. Many scientific disciplines were advanced during this time. As to the numerals and algebra, I wouldn't say nicked but rather developed (like the development of all sciences over time). Not to mention astronomy, written language, architecture.

The fact is that modern life would be very different without the input from lots of peoples (including the Arabs... yes even today many Arabs are doing research to advance these things at universities all over the world).

At the end of the day Kilroy's comments are incredibly ignorant from an 'educated' person.

LOL @ Mark.

Algebra is an Arabic word! Also if you look at mordern numerals they look very similar to the Arabic numerals and bear very little resembalance to ancient Indian numerals.


This is the real point. They STOPPED translating at a certain point. At that point in Arab academia, the OLDER the citation, the more "true" it became. And for them that was when development ceased to be a thing that they were initiating.
My cousins in Lebanon routinely refer to the arab world as "living a long time in the past", "obsessed with nothing", "self-destructive", and "mentally dead".
I try to amelliorate the situation when I hear these things, but in the back of my mind I believe them because the proof is unavoidable - and it's REALLY HARD to find a disproof.

I Mr Kilroy had said the same thing about the Swedes, it would not have been "racist", mainly because it is not true.

Mr Kilroy voiced what 80% of the British population believe.

If the Labour government, the CRE and the BBC punish a man for thought crime, the British people will punish them in return.

You are probably right about living in the past. However that shouldn't take anything away from their achievements. Many ancient texts would still have been destroyed without thier efforts.

Remember the Monty Python sketch in the film The Life of Brian, 'What have the Romans ever done for us'?


Up to a point Lord Copper, Arabic numerals read left to right, as do the sanskrit originals, whereas arabic itself reads right to left. The issue that Kilroy Silk was addresing himself to is what in living memory has the Arabic world done that makes a serious contribution to modern civilisation. Answers on a postcard to Trevor Philips.

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