Engelsk läsövning: Churchill om islam.

In Internationellt, islam, politiker on 20 mars, 2011 at 19:20

Winston Churchill hade åsikter om det mesta. Det är ibland svårt att avgöra hur väl underbyggda hans åsikter var, men de var alltid väl formulerade. Här är vad han hade att säga om islam.

Winston S. Churchill ungefär vid tiden för
hans deltagande i striderna i Sudan 1899.

Citatet kommer från boken ”The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan” som gavs ut 1899 efter Churchills deltagande som officer i den brittiska armén under Lord Kitchener under striderna i Sudan mot styrkor ledda av Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad. Efter att ha konfronterats med och iakttagit såväl motståndartrupperna som lokalbefolkningen skrev Churchill detta i sin bok.

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Islam is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science – the science against which it had vainly struggled – the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”

Det har inte blivit någon nämnvärd förändring sedan 1898…

Winston S. Churchill
The River War, Första upplagan
Volym II, sid. 248-250
(London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899)

Wikipedia om ”The River War

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