This bit from MacMillan is interesting. And almost more than I can deal with at the moment, the moment being Wednesday evening just before a holiday. Can you place the crazy events of the past year or two into some kind of recognizable framework for us poor western educated intellectuals who like some continuity in their history? Whoa, Nellie.

I can only offer this pointer to an interesting point by Janet Daley from today. Said point being that you can't compare the challenge posed to our ways of thinking by Islamic extremists with that of communism during the cold war. At least the Soviets agreed that the whole idea was to go on living. These new guys are motivated by Paradise and the prospect of 72 virgins. Are they going to listen to reason, diplomatically expressed or otherwise?

Have a good day off.

Steve | 18:21 |