Yes, the story of a teenage tree surgeon hacked by an axe-wielding mob in the UK is tragic. But look at how well-integrated the attackers are. In court, they immediately claimed to be victims of racism.

The sentences are also cute.

10 thoughts on “Integrated”

  1. My favorite part is that most gang members got off scot-free:

    “Habibur Rahman and Sajid were among twelve arrested in dawn raids in January last year. Nine others were later released without charge. Judge Potter said none of the group had showed ‘a shred of remorse’ throughout proceedings, refusing to give evidence during two trials.”

    Is it 100% wrong that I keep thinking their entire families should be investigated and worked with to prevent more crimes in the future?

    What about all those people paying a large monetary fine to the traumatized victim? Sajid “severed the victim’s hand off” white attempting to murder him, but everybody else helped to intimidate the workers. They are hardly innocents.

    If a group of robbers tries to rob a bank and one of them murders somebody, aren’t all criminals tried for murder?


    1. “Is it 100% wrong that I keep thinking their entire families should be investigated”

      In terms of crime prevention, no. But in terms of the twin pillars of Airstrip One* (neoliberalism and ‘anti-racism’) it’s thoughtcrime and you’re the one who should be put in jail.

      *it seems wrong to call it “Britain” anymore.


  2. “The sentences are also cute.”

    Yes, all of the sentences are absurdly light, including the 18-year sentence for the gang leader.

    UK’s lack of control over its own immigration policies thanks to EU rules was one of the major driving forces behind the Brexit vote. Perhaps this incident, occurring just as the Brexit decision comes to a head this month, will have an impact on the UK’s final decision.


  3. Have discovered a new book today:

    “The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America” by Timothy Snyder (2018)

    Have you heard of it?

    // Description:
    From the author of On Tyranny comes a stunning new chronicle of the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America.

    With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy seemed final. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. This faith was misplaced. Authoritarianism returned to Russia, as Putin found fascist ideas that could be used to justify rule by the wealthy. In the 2010s, it has spread from east to west, aided by Russian warfare in Ukraine and cyberwar in Europe and the United States.

    Russia found allies among nationalists, oligarchs, and radicals everywhere, and its drive to dissolve Western institutions, states, and values found resonance within the West itself. The rise of populism, the British vote against the EU, and the election of Donald Trump were all Russian goals, but their achievement reveals the vulnerability of Western societies.

    In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, based on vast research as well as personal reporting, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy and law. To understand the challenge is to see, and perhaps renew, the fundamental political virtues offered by tradition and demanded by the future. By revealing the stark choices before us–between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood–Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.


    1. Unfortunately, Snyder, who is a great scholar and an amazing writer, has caught the TDS. He is now unwell, and I won’t be reading his books until he gets better.

      But I do recommend everything he published before the syndrome struck him.


  4. Also, started reading Tony Judt’s collection of essays “When the Facts Change” (published by his widow who is also a historian) “When the Facts Change.” Naturally, the part about Israel was the first one I checked and was partly disappointed. While I agree with the first part (Quote 1), the second one seems off (Q2).

    Judt claims:”Time is not on anyone’s side in this business. And we would be well advised to recall that there is no law of nature which says that sooner or later a solution will somehow just “emerge.” ” I agree with the second sentence, but don’t think the first one is necessary true. Quite a few Jews say that a more stable Middle East would help for the agreement with the Palestinians to work. Judt himself laments the lack of a Palestinian Mandela, may be the future will bring one.


    If Israel continued on its present course it would face unappetizing options: either Israel would remain Jewish but cease to be a democracy or else it could become a genuinely multiethnic democracy but would in that case cease to be “Jewish.” A third outcome, whereby Israel forcibly removed a majority of its Arabs (or made it intolerable for them to remain) would indeed ensure the survival of a Jewish democracy, but at a grotesque and ultimately self-destructive price.


    The consequences of letting things fester, as we have done for too long, or leaving them in the hands of the incompetent mediocrities currently running both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, would be catastrophic. Thanks to the “Jewish State’s” abusive treatment of the Palestinians, the Israel/Palestine imbroglio is the chief proximate cause of the resurgence of anti-Semitism worldwide. It is the single most effective recruiting agent for radical Islamist movements. It makes nonsense of U.S. and European foreign policy in one of the world’s most sensitive and unstable regions. Something different has to be done.


    1. I agree that quote 2 is ridiculous. There’s this very sad, unfortunate practice of trying to figure out how Jews themselves caused or provoked or intensified anti-semitism. As a student of history, I know that this is very misguided. Jews don’t need to do anything or even be present anywhere near for centuries to be passionately hated.


      1. Also, nobody cares about Palestinians. Just like nobody cares about Ukrainians. They and we are a pretext to talk about something unrelated. I’m now beginning to understand what it must feel like for you because I’m besieged by people who want to use me as proof that they are right about Trump. It’s extremely obnoxious.

        I always wanted people to care but now that they do I’d rather they didn’t.


      2. // There’s this very sad, unfortunate practice of trying to figure out how Jews themselves caused or provoked or intensified anti-semitism.

        I was mainly impressed by the claims that Israel “is the single most effective recruiting agent for radical Islamist movements” (haven’t known we are more powerful that the horrible place the entire Muslim world is now in)


        that “Along with the oil sheikdoms, Israel is now America’s greatest strategic liability in the Middle East and Central Asia. Thanks to Israel, we are in serious danger of “losing” Turkey: a Muslim democracy, offended at its treatment by the European Union, that is the pivotal actor in Near-Eastern and Central Asian affairs. ” (/end quote) This is from June 2010 essay, so Judt spoke about the “THE ISRAELI RAID on the Free Gaza flotilla.”

        I suppose Erdogan did with the flotilla what he deemed desired because of inner reasons.


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