Sunday, October 30, 2005

Prince of Wales

According to this morning's Sunday Telegraph, Prince Charles
will try to persuade George W Bush and Americans of the merits of Islam this week because he thinks the United States has been too intolerant of the religion since September 11.

. . . It is understood that Prince Charles did not - and does not - believe that the actions of 19 hijackers should tarnish the reputation of hundreds of millions of law-abiding Muslims around the world.
I think before he goes to the US, it might be a good idea for Prince Charles to get hold of some of the speeches the President has been making rather than making his assessment of US policy based on what the Independent says.

Over and over again, even in the immediate aftermath of September 11, the President has stressed that the terrorists do not represent the truth about Islam. Perhaps Prince Charles could start here. {I haven't reviewed this site in any detail, but a quick skim of what's here looks reasonable and there are links to the White House's web page for more details.}

In fact, it seems to me that European politicians are much more likely to bad mouth Islam, particularly what to Europeans are its 'regressive' views, then are American politicians.