The Hassan Chop of Logic

Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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  1. North says:

    Well I for one feel better. I don’t withdraw my objections in the previous post because demography aside they remain pertinent. But it’s good to see in black and white that Steyn is wrong.Report

  2. James says:

    Londonistan is a crock of shit, plain & simple. It’s written by notorious Arab hater & ultra-Zionist kook & conspiracy theorist Melanie Phillips, a birther racist extreme right-winger who believes that Hillary Clinton wants to destroy Israel & that Barack Obama is an extremist Muslim, & that the Palestinians should be collectively punished (never mind how many kids that kills). I wouldn’t trust a damn word she says, she’s the most poisonous voice in the British mainstream, by a merry old mile.Report

  3. James says:

    Oh yes, & according to her global warming is a lie. That should give you some idea of her grasp of the empirical, & how far you can rely on any of her claims.Report

    • Chris Dierkes in reply to James says:


      I’m aware of her ideological affiliation and it does color her book–I should have mentioned that. That said, whatever her spin there was still something to be gained (I found) from reading the book. It’s possible to separate out the true elements from the ideology.Report

      • James in reply to Chris Dierkes says:

        The real problem with her thesis is that people forming ethnic blocs in London is nothing new. You can indeed go to areas where there is an almost entirely Muslim population (note: you can go to them, they aren’t No-Go zones), for instance near by to my mostly white area there’s Acton, which is primarily Muslim Somalians in areas.

        But that’s only a fragment of the picture: if you go past acton you hit Ealing, which is almost entirely Asian in places, then in others almost entirely Pole. Sharing a borough with my area of Chiswick is Southall, well known for being barely anything save South East Asian. If you go North out of the city you’ll pass through an area which is overwhelmingly Hasidic, & a bare male scalp is a tough find. If I go to a friend’s area on a bus by the end of the trip I’ll be one of the few people on it who isn’t Afro-Carribean.

        That’s just how London works: there are some sections dominated by certain races, others by others. Personally I don’t see this as the optimum, it’s not what I would call the ideal outcome. I’d love to see racial miscegenation to the extent that Londoners become ethnically indistinguishable. But as it is to suggest that somehow Muslims are posing some special new problem by keeping themselves in a bloc is nothing short of moronic. It’s how ethnic groups seem to operate here. You know what won’t help that? The systematic effort to demonise & alienate Muslims, to make them feel unwelcome, suspected & not “real” Britons which is being staged by practically all elements of the UK right.

        The problem is more Melanie’s than anyone: she hates Arabs, she loathes Muslims. She sees them entering the city & it terrifies her. In reality, they’re simply following a longstanding London tradition &, in her own way, so is she: the terrified reactionary howling doom. In actuality, Acton is safe during the days (seems like Somalian men like standing out on the streets chatting to each other, which means there are copious witnesses for any crimes), & safe during the nights (there’s just nobody around, I’ve walked home from there plenty of times).

        The area which I used to live in (Shepherds Bush) which was riddled with crime had a large Afro-Carribean population & was only so dangerous because of the present drugs prohibition, which allows dealers to become kings of the neighbourhood. If we legalised hard drugs & prescribed them via the NHS they’d go out of business overnight. Additionally, Melanie would most likely die of an aneurysm triggered by pure fury. I’ll be generous & call that a price I’m willing to pay, rather than a free bonus.

        The true problem here is that it’s not possible to separate truth from falsehood with Phillips, because she’s just such a morbid fantasist.Report