Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Charles Malik interview

Charles Malik was a Lebanese Christian statesman who was one of the chief architects of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) finalized in 1949.  Hugh Fitzgerald often touted him as one of the few figures in recent history who was clear-eyed about the problem of Islam.

However, disquietingly, within his first one or two responses to the panel interviewing him, Charles Malik says emphatically that Muslims and Christians live in perfect harmony with each other in Lebanon -- and he seems to imply that this applies not only currently, in the 1950s at the time of this interview, but also for decades past (if not, indeed, for the indefinite future).

At that point early in the interview, I had not the time to continue listening.  How will Charles get out of that corner he painted himself into?  Or was he, alas, just another benighted dhimmi fool who happened to have done one thing good in his life (the UNDHR)?

If the reader watches the whole thing before I do, he or she can tell me before I get the time to get back to watching it.


Well, I just listened to the whole thing, and I am deeply disappointed in both Charles Malik, and in Hugh Fitzgerald for his unequivocal praise of Charles Malik.  Surely, Malik has not the excuse that Muslims in the 1950s were somehow utterly different in their evil, unjust and deadly aspirations and activities. Malik must therefore be baldfacedly lying, or suffers from the traumatized brain of the classic Islamochristian dhimmi.  There is no reasonable third explanation.  As for Fitzgerald, this shows a seriously gaping lacuna in his erudition.  More details later.

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