James Delingpole

The wonders of the Muslim world that my children will never get to see

More often than not, my most memorable travel experiences happened in Muslim countries. I can't see the same happening in a generation's time

1 August 2015

9:00 AM

1 August 2015

9:00 AM

I celebrated Eid in a sandy bay in Sri Lanka, watching from the warm, shallow sea as gaggles of local Muslims in holiday mood sauntered past to congregate at the public end of the beach about half a mile away. Since they looked so much more colourful, picturesque and exotic than the tourists in the security-guarded enclave where I was, I thought I’d wander down to take a few snaps.

Having just finished Ramadan, they were all very excited — the young men especially. Suddenly, as if from nowhere, a group of dark-skinned boys with wispy beards, bare-chested but in long trousers, had surrounded me. ‘Selfie!’ one of them said — the new universal word. So we put our arms round one another’s shoulders and smiled for the phone cameras. Sweet kids, but for just a second they had given me quite a turn.

As I headed deeper into their territory, this discomfiture grew. Most of the women wore traditional local dresses — bright fabric with lots of red and orange and pink; no headscarves — but here and there you could see the beginnings of a trend towards more austere, Middle Eastern-style dress. Girls in veils sat gazing modestly into the sand. An intense youth dressed all in white like a cleric strode past with a superior air as if he had higher things on his mind than beach frivolity.

Once I’d retreated back to the safety of my hotel, I was disappointed to notice how relieved I felt. This is very unlike me. In the past, I’ve always been one of those travellers on a perpetual quest for the ‘real’ wherever: forever shunning my sanitised, poncy tourist zones in search of ‘the place where the locals go to eat’ and other bracingly authentic experiences.


On occasion this has got me into quite a bit of trouble. The time, for example, in Essaouira when I persuaded the Fawn that it would be culturally enriching for us to drink tea made from dried poppy-heads in the grotty flat of a souk spice trader — with the result that we spent the whole of the next day in a low-grade opium stupor, vomiting. Or the one where we travelled up to Dahab to smoke Bedouin weed with the man who had turned Jamie Blandford on to heroin at Harrow: the journey home across the Sinai was only about an hour, but in my head it felt more epic, dramatic and gruelling than Xenophon’s Anabasis.

What my most memorable travel experiences have in common, looking back, is that more often than not they happened in the Muslim world. Partly this has to do with geography: the Middle East and the Mediterranean being the cradles of civilisation, it’s inevitable that Islamic nations should own so many of the world’s must-see treasures, from Ephesus and Abu Simbel to Petra and Leptis Magna.

Partly too, though, it’s down to cultural inclination. From Sir Richard Burton to Lawrence of Arabia, the Prince of Wales, the Fry’s Turkish delight advert and — traditionally — almost the entire Foreign Office, we Brits have long had a bit of a pash for the world of hookahs, flowing robes, dunes, falconry, scimitars, camels, sheep’s eyeballs and so on.

I’m certainly no exception. I’ve loved my travels in the Muslim world — the hospitality, the food (well, some of it), that slightly guilty thrill you get from being in a realm where possessing a penis is not a cause for shame — and even in the edgiest of situations I don’t think I’ve ever felt truly threatened. Call me naive, but I’ve always been buoyed by my faith that Muslims, on balance, will do the right thing by strangers in their lands. This trust has so far always been repaid: the man who accosted me by the Pyramids and lured me through the maze of back streets really did just want to make me tea and show me his home; the Jordanian police really were true to their word when they vowed to catch by sundown the silly donkey guide who’d tried to sexually assault my then girlfriend.

That was what I found so depressing by my response to those women in headscarves and the young men dressed like clerics on the Sri Lankan beach. This is the first time in my travels, I think, when I’ve seen Muslims as a cause for mild trepidation. I wish it weren’t so, first because it’s so unfair and disproportionate (only a small minority of Muslims anywhere in the world and probably none in Sri Lanka would ever consider doing something like the Tunisian beach atrocity), and secondly because of what it means for the coming generations, both theirs and ours.

On our kids’ side of the equation, it means no more: Lamu, Kenya, where my brother got stung by a scorpion; Sudan, where those army colonels barbecued a sheep they’d slaughtered in front of us before sharing some of the weed they’d confiscated on drugs patrol; Egypt, where I scaled the Great Pyramid before dawn so as to be on top for sunrise when I could also read the graffiti carved into the stone by Napoleon’s troops; maybe not even Morocco, where apparently Isis are busily trying to recruit ‘lone wolves’ for the next Tunisia-style hit-job.

And on these countries’ side, of course, it means fewer tourist pounds and dollars, less bridge-building contact with the people they’re increasingly being taught to see as despicable kufar, and more of the poverty which acts as a seed bed for increased radicalism.

It’s so sad for all of us and I see no end in sight. No more hippie trail. No more exotic Gap Yahs. In this supposed age of globalisation, the world you can safely explore — or, in cases like the Bamiyan Buddhas or doomed Palmyra, that you can ever see again — has shrunk not grown. Shame.

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  • Damaris Tighe

    A couple of years ago I was wandering around Bangkok (still an amazingly safe city for women, with a good atmosphere) & came across the Muslim quarter – a few streets inhabited by Malays from the south of the country. So I went in. I was modestly dressed by western standards – cropped trousers & a short sleeved shirt. I immediately felt wary, subject it seemed to me to hostile stares. Not enough to prompt me to leave, but enough to make me uncomfortable. It felt like a complete contrast to Buddhist Bangkok.

    21st Century Islam is doing the world’s Muslim population a great disservice. It’s driving a wedge between them & the rest of us. Many Muslims seem to be withdrawing into self-made ghettos from which they view the outside world with hostility. This will not end well.

    • Cymrugel

      I lived in Egypt for a few months in the 1990s. Even back then the Copts were living in fear – actual fear of their lives.

      My wife was treated like dirt basically for being Indian (darker people are just slaves apparently – most annoying that their country was as rising power too apparently; don’t want them getting uppity) while a blonde friend got to the point where she could barely walk out of the house without being harassed and went home.

      I have never felt more fundamental dislike simply on principle because I was foreign.

      There was much gracious behaviour but underneath all an edge of dislike bordering on hatred that they could not disguise.

      It’s really just not worth the bother.

      • That was my experience in Saudi Arabia …

        • Trini’s dad

          Dem communists in Cuba na have no Muslim in der country ‘mon. Dem knows wats right me is tinkin.

          • Zaba

            masjid being built in Cuba……

        • justejudexultionis

          Saudi is not much better than North Korea.

          • greggf

            You see more girls in North Korea !

          • global city

            if their money did not gush straight out of the ground we would see just how backward they are. Too many people turn a blind eye.

        • Zaba

          KSA: Largest slave holding nation on earth.

      • John Bindon

        I lived in Egypt for a few YEARS in the nineties and could not have had a more different experience than you state here; I met with nothing but kindness and friendliness and look back on those years with great fondness.

        • greggf

          Agreed John, that was our experience in both Cairo and Alex, and we brought up our young daughter….

        • NorthernFirst

          Did your wife and daughters share the positive vibes?

      • Zaba

        Even back then the Copts were living in fear…..

        Pretty much ever since 638 CE when islam burst out of KSA.

        • k1962

          That’s right! And occupied non Arab land! Hypocrites.

          • Zaba

            Indeed, islam produces misogynistic hypocrites
            by continually bathing in takiya and kitman,
            marketed via the koran.

      • Lady Magdalene

        As a young woman, during a holiday to Egypt in the 80s, whilst visiting Faiyum, I was groped by a group of young men. I was in a tour group and the tour leader told me not to make a fuss …. we just got out of the area. I was, by western standards, modestly dressed.

        It was only a year or so later that the terrorist attack took place at the temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

        Much as I loved the country, I wouldn’t go back now. I won’t be visiting any Muslim countries for the foreseeable future …. including Turkey. I fear that will be the next target for the terrorists.

    • Zaba

      21st Century Islam…..exactly like the 7th century version.

    • mrs 1234

      it started in the 20th century. The reign of terror that followed the Iranian revolution, women thrown out of work and into burkas. Scenes of young children, men and women being hung from lamp-posts never made our TV screens. Worse, unchecked, uncriticised, in fact enabled, Deobandism and Wahabism spread across the world and took over many large neighbourhoods in the UK and throughout Europe without even question raised from the ruling class. Those that saw it at close quarters and tried to flag up the blatant, for from benign threat it posed were slapped down. So they stood by, those with the power, and we see the result: a self-righteous Islamist agenda that will not rest until it literally rules the world.

  • Cymrugel

    Well never mind, there are still lots of interesting and beautiful places to visit where the locals don’t want to lynch you for not belonging to their religion.

    Its a shame as you say, but its all self inflicted.

    I suspect the entire muslim world will become more and more excluded from interaction with the rest of the planet as time goes on and the ME will effectively be treated like a giant dog turd that everyone steps carefully around on the way to somewhere else.

    After all, what have they got to offer once oil is replaced as the major fuel resource?
    Yes there are cultural wonders there, but they are busy either destroying them or neglecting them, so we will most likely have to make do with pictures of what we have lost and the bits that got rescued and sent to western museums.

    There really is nothing to be done unless and until they come to their senses and start acting like civilised human beings and less like a bunch of demented bloodthirsty nut jobs.

    All we can do is keep them at arms length and leave them to it.

    It really is as simple as that.

    • Hear, hear! Politically incorrect (I like that), but hear, hear nonetheless!

      • Trini’s dad

        How dem hearing aid sales going bratha?

      • Alex

        What’s politically incorrect about what he said?

        • Referring to the requirement for Muslims to “start acting like civilised human beings and less like a bunch of demented bloodthirsty nut jobs” is not normally the conversation of polite society. Polite as I am, I like that.

          • Alex

            Oh dear oh dear, you just ruined it. Note that his “they” didn’t refer to “Muslims” but the demos of the Middle East. While not all of them are ISIS types, clearly enough of them are that ISIS has managed to become the dominant political force, so it’s more justified.

            As the PC police I’m not concerned at all with the demented bloodthirsty bit, but I definitely am with your unqualified “Muslims”: it lumps in Imran down the corner shop with God knows who is running around Syria chopping people’s heads off.

            I’m no fan of political correctness, but when emotions are running high you can see how you ought to be careful about language, people get very riled up over ethnic tensions. It applies more to people acting in the public sphere, but you could argue that even as a private person, when you’re writing a comment published on a national newspaper … etc etc etc.

          • Fair comment, sir. “Some” Muslims, as you rightly suggest.

          • freddiethegreat

            It’s the ‘wanders’ of the muslim world that should worry you – the ones who wander off to Syria an wander back again…

          • Zaba

            Referring to the requirement for Muslims to “start acting like civilised human beings and less like a bunch of demented bloodthirsty nut jobs” is telling it like it is.

          • Peter Ranford

            PC is rarely correct or Like it is

          • Leon Wolfeson

            ..if you are a PC collectivist and believe in thought crimes. Right.

          • Zaba

            politicalisam.com

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Server not found.
            Right.

            If you meant the other “Political Islam” site, a site which ignores what Muslims do and spins its own version of Islam…and tries to conflate Islamism and Islam, an extremist position which backs up when I’m saying – it’s pure PC collectivism and thought-crime doctrine.

          • Zaba

            fixed it.
            islam has many secrets, as you, a muzlim in Jew’s clothing, know well.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Ah, so you are a conspiracy theorist.
            As you spew bigotry at me for being Jewish.

          • Zaba

            You are a Jew.
            I am a Martian.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you think you’re from Mars?
            Well, that does explain a lot.

            Sorry to hear about your issues.

          • Zaba

            The biggest problem we face in the West is lack of education about islam.
            Numero dos is islam.
            politicalislam.com

    • Excluded you say? They are all coming to Europe! 🙂

      • Zaba

        Which nation w be the first to ban islam?

        • Brogan75

          No one. They will ban everything else (religion, habits, etc.) except it. You don’t want to offend them.

          • Zaba

            We do, however want to survive.
            Interesting living in the Age of Peak islam.

        • scampy

          Referendum on returning them to countries of origin and admitting this disastrous multi culti balls up?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Followed by one on Jews, eh? Then Sikhs…oh, and let’s not forget the people here from i.e. the West Indies, and…

        • Leon Wolfeson

          First? Ha.

          North Korea already has, of course.
          Such a SHINING beacons of right…

          • Zaba

            “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
            ― Albert Einstein

          • Leon Wolfeson

            That’s my position on extremism. Not any single creed, faith or religion.

          • Zaba

            islam, as u know, is an ideology.
            What religion kills you for leaving?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Ask Ray Hill, whose house was bombed when he left Britain’s far right.

          • Zaba

            what religion has daily ‘honor’ murders, acid attacks, et al?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Violence among the far right is routine. Plenty of “honour” attacks, like the murder of

            Christopher Castle.

          • Zaba

            We know that the biggest problem we face in the West is lack of education about islam.
            Numero dos is islam.
            politicalislam.com

          • Leon Wolfeson

            All your personalities, they ALL know that your website must be used for educating people, converting them to your strain of Islam. Right.

          • Zaba

            Right
            themuslimissue.wordpress.com

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Keep pushing your brand of Islam, Muslim.

          • Zaba

            Israel is an amazing country jack.
            Been there or do you only disparage Israel?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            I support Israel against your kind of Islamist beliefs.
            *Hamas* are the oppressors of Gaza.

          • Zaba

            *Hamas* are the oppressors of Gaza.

            AGREED, BUT NOT ONLY hamass…..GET A WIDER VIEW

            Clans and Militias in Palestinian Politics

            http://www.brandeis.edu/crown/publications/meb/MEB26a.pdf

          • Leon Wolfeson

            I’ll stick with what matters to Israel.
            Which is the tribalism of Hamas in Palestinian politics.

          • Zaba

            No matter, jack.
            I post this for others.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you post it for your other personalities. One of which is “Jack”.

          • Zaba

            fatach man, eh?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            I don’t follow your policies, whatever “fatach” is.

          • Zaba

            your guy in his 11th year of 4 year term, jack

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you are maundering to your other personality about some random nonsense…

    • Zaba

      No change allowed to the ‘perfect and unchangeable’ koran.

    • jim

      “I suspect the entire muslim world will become more and more excluded from interaction with the rest of the planet as time goes on ”

      You think? Chance’d be a fine thing. The “moslem world” is on the streets of our cities and the author of this piece doesn’t have to go to a moslem country to find that “twinge of fear ” he writes about.The barbarians are not at the gate.They are in your kitchen…helping themselves.

    • Johnny Foreigner

      The Muslim world will become excluded? I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Muslim world is coming to you and getting closer every day, local council by local council, mosque by new mosque, restrictive law by new restrictive law. Wake up son.

    • ADW

      Well no it would be as simple as that were it not for the many millions of them living in the west and introducing us to the joys of diversity day by day …

    • jeffersonian

      ‘I suspect the entire muslim world will become more and more excluded from interaction with the rest of the planet as time goes on and the ME will effectively be treated like a giant dog turd that everyone steps carefully around on the way to somewhere else.’

      What about Bradford, Birmingham and the rest of the Midlands, not to mention huge swathes of London?

    • evad666

      A bit like Rotherham and Birmingham you mean?

  • mo79uk

    It didn’t help that the US hailed the Iranian ‘revolution’, that the Taliban were watered in Afghanistan against Russia, that the Zia dictatorship in Pakistan was supported and funded by the US, that white Europeans were green-lighted in taking brown Arab Palestine by the Brits, and so on.
    That’s not to say that the West is to blame entirely for the rise of Islamism, but it can’t be absolved. We didn’t worry at all about Islamists in the UK until after Iraq. If there wasn’t Islam or any religion, the threat would just have another name.

    • Altocumulus

      mo79uk

      Your contribution here shows exactly why this problem is getting worse.

      The response from Muslims to every atrocity carried out in the name of Islam is inevitably:

      1) It’s all the fault of the West (because of colonialism, etc, despite Islam itself being one of the largest colonialist projects the world has ever seen)

      2) The perpetrators are not real Muslims (when they obviously are)

      This denial and refusal to take responsibility seems hard-wired into almost all the Muslims I know. I suppose because Islam is meant to be the perfect religion and Mohammed the perfect human being, the daily evidence of the dysfunction caused by the religion must be ignored or the blame deflected if major cognitive dissonance is to avoided.

      It seems to me this is an intractable problem and until it is addressed, Islam will not be compatible with Western secular democracy.

      • mo79uk

        Well, I never said all, but if you think Western intervention doesn’t create any consequences you’re lost. Politics is much a problem as religion, this is why James feels more anxious in Muslim countries these days.

        • Altocumulus

          But what about the failure of politics within Islam?
          Saudi, Iran, Egypt? Dewsbury? Criticise the politics of the West when you think you have a working alternative.

          • mo79uk

            The working alternative is to not start wars for spurious reasons and claim to fight a war on terror while saddling up to global funders of terrorism such as Saudi Arabia.

          • Lesmond Nyjacks

            Why is the Middle east and north Africa muslim in the first place?
            Aggressive expansionist muslim warfare that engulfed the reigon and pushed all the way into Europe.

            Please stop Westblaming for all the terrible problems with the Ummah, which have been going on for 1400 years.

          • cartimandua

            There is virtually NO Muslim country that is peaceful prosperous and “free” in any way at all.
            Daesh are fast turning their “lands” into North Korea.

          • Infidelissima

            it’s Islam that is at war with every other religion on earth, including, Islam!

            You cockroaches can’t even live in peace amongst yourselves – thank goodness actually! Killing each other, is the only contribution you are making to the planet.

        • cartimandua

          We force Muslims to overpopulate themselves into conflict and famine eh?
          Muslim countries have child marriage and polygamy.
          All that is failed state on a stick and we really didn’t do it.

        • Mariella We

          Muslims were killing each other & non-Muslims way before Israel or America or the West existed. Hate is their raison d-etre. Without hate, Islam would not exist. It;s just part of their culture & tradition. Mo79uk is what ‘moderate’ Muslims do best: blame others.

          • Infidelissima

            this Abdul thinks that everybody is as illiterate, ignorant and propaganda-thirsty as his ilk

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Keep blaming Muslims for your views. Oh look, another Combat 18 slogan painted onto a fence round here…

          • Mariella We

            Oh look, another Islamophile with an Islamophobic-phobia tendency!

          • Leon Wolfeson

            “Oh look, another Islamophile with an Islamophobic-phobia tendency!”

            Yes, you, in your mirror!
            No surprise you make excuses for any action aimed at Jews, though.

          • Zaba

            ……an Islamophobic-phobia tendency!
            islamaphobe: an invented word by the
            muzlim brotherhood.
            Translated as ‘sit down and shut up’
            The correct word is islamonausea.

        • Brogan75

          I partially agree with the fact that western intervention has created consequences.However let’s say Israel tomorrow disappears: Muslims will keep killing each other like they are currently doing. They are not compatible with western standards, at all: if they want to stay where they belong, they can do whatever they want (and I agree Western world should stay OUT of it); just don’t come here.

          • Mary Ann

            It’s only a few hundred years ago that different branches of Christianity were killing each other, I’m glad they have grown up, we have to hope that the Muslims will do the same thing.

      • DellerboyNZ

        Bernard Lewis makes the point about the ills of colonisation.
        He states correctly that the country in the region, with the longest history of being a colony is India, which is more stable than most others..
        This means arguably that more ‘imperialism’ not less is the better option.

        • freddiethegreat

          It was certainly the high point for Africa

      • Grace Ironwood

        The world champions of projection.

    • Lesmond Nyjacks

      “white Europeans were green-lighted in taking brown Arab Palestine by the Brits”

      Shut up you clown, brown Jews were abused and driven out of Arab muslim countries, Israel is their home. Arab muslims must learn to stop their racist abuse of brown people, brown Jews are well able to defend themselves against Arab racism as they have proved time and time again.

      • mo79uk

        If local indigenous brown Jews wanted an Israel themselves, they shouldn’t have relied on white European Herzl. Jews were not driven out but were pretty much coerced into becoming Muslims (read Shlomo Sand). Look it up, white Jews use as much sun cream as white Aussies, another indigenous population I guess?!

        • Linda Smith

          The Jews of Iraq (now judenfrei) were there before Islam was invented. Read some historical fact. More than half the Jewish population of Israel originate from the Middle East. Read about the Jews of Yemen who were forced to go barefoot as dhimmies until Israel airlifted them to freedom in 1950 in Operation Magic Carpet.

        • Infidelissima

          Ever heard of Archeology, you ignorant troglodyte?

          It discovered hundreds of thousand of hebrew artefacts, including emote temples, in what is israel today.

          Jews protect and cherish Israel, I think that’s why they always win. You disgusting cockroaches would turn israel into a cesspit in 5 minutes, like you do with everything.

          Why else would Palestinians launch rockets at Jerusalem – because they respect and love it so much?

          Jews were there before Islam, and the way it’s looking at the moment, Jews are going to be there, way after Islam has been banned from civilisation.

          But don’t worry, you lot can still live freely (LOOL) amongst yourselves, shoot your own daughters because of education, rape your own women, behead your own brothers, blow up your own mosques, and destroy your own homes. Don’t stop on our account.

          • mo79uk

            ‘You lot?’ you claim to know my faith, do you?
            The fact that there are Hebrew artefacts is totally disconnected from the fact that Khazarian Jews are converts, while the Palestinians are the descendants of the Hebrews converted to Islam to escape paying the jizya tax.
            You can tell the Khazarians are fakers because they have the second-highest rate of skin cancer and sun cream demand following Australia (I suppose you think the Aboriginals are not indigenous too?). Anthropologist Nina Jablonski says it takes about 3-4k years for people to biologically adapt to a land, if the Khazars were forced out and largely kept marriage within the faith they would barely look like they do.
            And Jews are not a race. Take a brown Jew, a black Jew and a white Jew and tell me what physical attributes bind them as a race, and explain why people adapted for different climates belong to one land?
            You lot, because you’re obviously a Zionist, support barbarity based on stupidity.

          • Infidelissima

            Nobody gives a shiite about your incoherent ramblings.
            And yes, I am a zionist, better than being a pedophile worshipping inbred mutant, if you ask me.
            YOU should be ashamed of what your ideology is doing to the world, I am not ashamed, Israelis protect and cherish each other, you mu$$ies behead each other!

            Seems Allah is a zionist too, or why haven’t 7 Million Israelis been destroyed by 500 Million Arabs yet?
            You useless arabs certainly have tried very hard, sometimes 5 armies, from all sides. And still, Israel is standing, and stronger than ever. Meanwhile YOU LOT……LMAO!

            Long Live Israel, I hope Palis get what they deserve from Israel.
            And Egypt.
            And Jordan.
            And Lebanon,
            And Syria.
            I especially like when Palis throw other Palis off rooftops – that’s my popcorn time.

          • JewishKuffar

            Well said!

          • Leon Wolfeson

            You appear to be an extremist Revisionist Zionist the sort who believes in “Greater Israel”. And who dosn’t think about long-term consequences…you’re no better than the people you despise.

            (I’m a Zionist. And I despise your undermining everything Israel should stand for, Tikkun Olam)

            Your Death Cult…

          • Richard

            So the Khazars are “fake” Jews because they are converts, but the Palestinians are “real” Muslims even though they are converts? By your reasoning, Khazars are not “real” Jews but are really something else, therefore Palestinians are not “real” Muslims, but are actually something else too, in this case, Jews! In other words, Islam is the problem in Israel, because it created “fake” Muslims out of Jews who are the indigenous people, forced into fake Muslim-status by beheadings and Jizya and having to live as non-Muslim second-class dhimmis.

          • mo79uk

            Jews say they are a race, Christians and Muslims do not. You can’t change race by embracing or leaving Judaism. As the Khazars never left they never ‘returned’, just colonised. Blame the Christians first for converting the Jews, and yes, Islam can take blame second. But neither displaced the indigenous people, only Zionists did that.

          • mo79uk

            As Jews say they are a race, ethnically the Khazars are fake. You can authentically convert to a religion but not to a race. The Hebrews could be classed as ethnic Jews as they were the first. Their descendants intermingled with the Arabs so there are no more ethnic Jews. Christians and Muslims don’t say they are a race.
            Blame Christianity and Islam both for conversions, but neither displaced the indigenous people, only Zionists did that. As the Khazars were never expelled, they never ‘returned’. They are straight-up colonisers.
            Jews must’ve not thought Muslims were too bad as they left by volition with them when the Christians conquered Spain, fearing persecution.

          • Mary Ann

            Islam is a branch of the religion of Abraham, as is Christianity.

          • Zaba

            No, mo:

            mohammed designed islam as a
            replacement and superior ‘religion’.
            He did this because allah the moon god ‘told him’ that
            Christianity was corrupt and Judaism extinct.
            Ergo, the very existence of breathing Jews and Christians
            (forget even about Israel….)
            calls into question the ‘perfect and unchangeable’ koran and
            it’s main spokesperson, pedophile mo.

            This is blasphemy, the penalty is death.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            She said something true. You’re whining, and calling for the death penalty. Like a good fanatic.

            The vast, vast majority of other Muslims of course disagree with your analysis.

    • cartimandua

      We are not responsible for the Muslim treatment of women which results in inevitable overpopulation and youth bulges.
      100 million in the youth bulge of the MENA region.
      We gave them clean water and vaccines our bad.

      • Gilbert White

        They had amazing problems with their livers in the ME. drinking huge quantities of brackish camel piss water, we really helped them with clean water technology.

    • justejudexultionis

      If Muslims raised their game and embraced civilisation and democracy then we wouldn’t be seeing this mess in the Middle East. With the possible exception of Tunisia there are no democracies in the Islamic world and tolerance of other religions and worldviews is almost non-existent. Islamic extremism is very much an Islamic invention.

    • Infidelissima

      nobody kills as many muslims, as other muslims
      in their countries, under their own laws, no need for a single Amercian/Jew/Zionist/Brit/Buddhist/Indian/Russian or any other of your usual scape goats, to be around

      Islam can not even live in peace amongst it’s own – the muslims should have the nerve to blame others for them warring with Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus and other Muslims, only demonstrates that there is no dialogue to be had – just keep them as far away from humane civilisation as possible

      Says a lot about you mu$$ies, that you think the entire world belongs to you, you have 58 cesspits, filled with natural resources, the size of continents, yet keep crying and complaining about Jews having 1 country, the size of Wales! Weak, you infest Europe, Asia, Africa, half the world.

      Allah was on the side of Israel is 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, first intifada, second intifada, lebanon, 2006, 2012, 2014.
      500 Million useless Arabs whom can to even destroy 7 Million Israelis, over the course of 70 years. And Israel did not even have nukes, back then.
      But please, do not stop attacking a country stronger than you, knowing you will never win. That way you get back what you deserve!

      You greedy phacking cockroaches!

      • Leon Wolfeson

        Who’s killing the most British people? That’d be HM Government. Stones, glasshouse.

    • mrs 1234

      I remember being young and confused by the support of the US (and the tacit support of Britain) for the imposition of a theocracy in Iran. I remember many of my Persian friends being more than shocked that the appalling terror that ensued was not highlighted by our newspapers and media.

  • Zhang Wei

    When you strip away all the myth and dogma the core messages delivered by all major global religions is to live within your means and to not do to others what you wouldn’t want done to yourself……

    • Lesmond Nyjacks

      Hello Zhang,
      You speak of the golden rule, for christians,

      Luke 6:31: And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

      This same spirit is to be found amongst non believers and all major world religions bar one, the “religion of peace”

      • Mary Ann

        It can also be found in Islam, but people prefer to quote the nasty bits, there are a lot of nasty bits in the bible as well try http://www.evilbible.com/

        • Omar

          The nice bits in the Quran have been Abrogated.

          “Three Things about Islam.” – only 8 minutes.

          https://youtu.be/fgsrnmzxEUY

        • Lesmond Nyjacks

          Show me, where is the Golden Rule in the koran?

        • Peter Ranford

          So please tell where is the golden rule in the Quran?

    • AbdulBaqi1

      Look at China, Communist have taken all core of humanity found in society due to religion. Baby girls are killed, organs are removed from criminals without their consent. If someone falls down no one is willing to help because they are feared of a lawsuit, furthermore they are now trying to teach values in the name of tradition. Mistress aren’t allowed but many officials/rich businessmen still have many.

      • Mary Ann

        They have the same problem with people falling over in the US and they do religion. Suing is an American tradition, and we don’t need a god to be humane, I always get annoyed when people claim the moral high ground because they believe in a sky fairy.

        • AbdulBaqi1

          no one forced you to believe in anything but that does not mean others should have no right to believe in whatever they want to.

          • Mary Ann

            Have I denied anyone the right to believe in any god they wish to, I just object to those who think they are better than the rest of us just because they do. You implied in your comment that a lack of belief in a god made the Chinese kill their daughters.

          • AbdulBaqi1

            Yes that is a major reason too.

          • Village Idiot

            Funny, you clearly think you are better than others because you don’t have a faith. Hence the ‘sky fairy’ cheapshot.

          • Mary Ann

            I feel that the more sensitive people are about their religion the less secure they are in their belief.

    • justejudexultionis

      You are a fool if you think that all religions are essentially the same and a fool to think that ‘dogma’ does not matter. The detailed teachings of religions are of crucial importance. Jesus Christ explicitly stated that He was the Son of God, a claim that is blasphemy to Muslims. The Muslims deny both the divinity of Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection on the cross. Islam and Christianity cannot both be true.

      • Alexsandr

        try neither. there is no sky fairy. its all b0110cks
        sooner people realise that the better

    • Linda Smith

      Don’t be daft. The Koran tells muslims to subjugate the Jews and Christians and make them pay the Jizya tax to spare their lives (protection racket) and humiliate them.

      • Alexsandr

        and slay them.

  • Gilbert White

    In spite of ISIS it is still there, that is the almost universal, muslim hospitality given unconditionally to strangers. I suspect the kids were looking for Delingpole’s wallet in this case. We in the UK have unfortunately have to endure South Asian converts who poison and are mostly the acknowledged scum of the earth.

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    • Picquet

      Drink more cider. It’ll have the same effect.

  • cartimandua

    Are those women on the baking beach even allowed to paddle? You didn’t notice what happens to women in those places did you ?

    • mrs 1234

      On the Muslim island of Lombok, while young children and men swam, played and cooled in the sea all the women were all sat coralled, squatting in an an enormous, sweltering, burkered group. A few young girls of about 12, covered from head to foot, were standing in the shallows keeping an eye on the little ones.

      • wudyermucuss

        Little girl playing in London park yeaterday,covered head to foot in sweltering heat.
        Women walking around,completely covered in black.

        • Airey Belvoir

          Many cases of serious vitamain D deficiency in some of our cities. Rickets is (are)? back.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            …Which is about malnutrition caused by poverty. But hey, details.

          • Airey Belvoir

            Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, because it
            helps the body use calcium from the diet. Traditionally, vitamin D
            deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            …And there’s a real problem with poverty diets being calcium-deficient.

            Also, kids don’t play outside enough.

          • Zaba

            islam is the problem jack

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Yes yes, you keep talking to your personalities and calling yourself a problem.
            You, personally, not all Muslims.

          • Zaba

            for the skinny on islam, see info tabs here:
            thereligionofpeace.com

            PS: are you the hidden iman?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Keep promoting your views, Islamist.
            As you try and place me in your conspiracy theory.

          • Zaba

            not to mention all those inbreeding problems

          • Zaba

            what poverty?
            80% of UK muzlims, including the always entertaining Andy C., are on welfare.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So, you show your bigotry. And attack people for being poor.

            Close to 98% of your far right are on welfare.

          • Zaba

            So, you show your bigotry.

            ad hominem attack jack

          • Leon Wolfeson

            No, rejecting bigotry is not bigotry.

            “ad hominem attack jack”

            Yes, thanks for admitting it.

            Meanwhile, the NHS you claim so fewer Muslims use than most people…

          • Zaba

            most people……

          • Zaba

            u need better training in semantics jack

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Oh, you want yourself to be a liar – as you, Islamist, talk to another personality of yours.

          • Zaba

            get some new material, jack

          • Leon Wolfeson

            You are replying not to your personality, but to someone else. Your issues with your stance…

        • mrs 1234

          I know I see it every day…never mind in Lombok. It has been a crazy policy to accept this way of treating young girls in this country. Older women and choice are one thing but for young girls to go to school in hijabs etc is quite another. As some leading Muslim (rather than Islamist) scholars will testify hijabs, burkas, niqabs etc are cultural rather than religious requirements.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            There’s a requirement to cover the hair. Some people here have objected to that though, I note.

            Actual burkas…I think I’ve seen one once. Wearing one is a *political* stance. And as such should have no protection in law, as far as I’m concerned.

          • Zaba

            I think I’ve seen one once.

            yup, men and women are kept separate.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            No, they’re simply rare here.

          • Zaba

            a muzlim speaks

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Thanks for keeping to state that you, a “muzlim”, speaks.
            Your obsession with your faith…

          • Zaba

            proud kafir here. mo

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you are now talking to another personality of yours? Right.

            Tell me, Ms. Zaba, when you’re ready to talk to someone else about your Islamic faith rather than muttering to yourself.

          • Zaba

            and….The biggest problem we face in the West is lack of education about islam.
            Numero dos is islam.
            politicalislam.com

          • Leon Wolfeson

            As you said, yes, you want more converts to your radical strain of Islam.

          • Zaba

            why is that muzlims on this site never self identify?
            Could it be the blasphemous nature of talking about islam with kafirs?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Why are you, a radical muslim, asking me – a Jew – about your own faith?

          • Zaba

            Am Yisrael Chai!!

          • Leon Wolfeson

            And now you’re trying to deceive, obviously.

          • Zaba

            islam: 6 Nobel prizes, 5 if you take off aids ridden arafart.
            1.2 Billion muzlims.
            Jews: 15 Million and 86 Prizes.
            It’s the inbreeding, jack.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            And that’s one excuse for your a problem, Muslim, with Jews like me. And?

          • Zaba

            There’s a requirement to cover the hair

            please cite it

          • Leon Wolfeson

            I’m not citing your own laws to you!

          • Zaba

            kitman, jack

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Why are replying to me when talking nonsense to another of your personalities?

          • Zaba

            u r entertaining, jack

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you claim your other personality is entertaining. I see. Have you noticed you’re using disqus?

        • Zaba

          They are everywhere.
          Time to ban the ideology.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Ah, time to ban kids you disprove of.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      And for a real laugh, check out those Islamic swimming costumes for women.

  • Picquet

    Shame indeed. I’ve had (some) similar experiences in lands where I was a lone outsider (the Sudanese army troop who shared their food with me, and the Saudi family who treated me as a hugely honoured guest) but also experienced the dead-eyed Gendarme in Mauritania who genuinely thought of me as less than a dog.
    To balance these, though, the same attitudes can be found in any Anglophone country, without any notion of religion entering the head. We’re becoming conditioned.

  • hodgingthemarkets

    A feeling of sustained bewonderment grips the cosmopolitan traveller as to why he bothers to go out and see the world at all. When he already knows he cannot cope it is indeed best to stay put in the shires.

    • Zaba

      the problem is islam

    • irina palm

      But then at least we know ‘Why Guardian Readers are Praying Top Gear Will Bomb on Amazon Prime.’

      Such is the scale of handwringing, not only are we bewondered, we are amazed.

    • justejudexultionis

      Or take one’s holidays in Bedfordshire.

  • John Bindon

    I agree with pretty much every word of this article; something I never imagined I would ever say for an article by Delingpole.

  • Mariella We

    ”Partly this has to do with geography: the Middle East and the
    Mediterranean being the cradles of civilisation, it’s inevitable that
    Islamic nations should own so many of the world’s must-see treasures,
    from Ephesus and Abu Simbel to Petra and Leptis Magna.” These world’s must-sees are NOT Muslim made. It is not there due to Muslims but DESPITE Muslims. If it were up to them, these places would all have been blown up to smithereens, since they all were made by the kuffar. In fact, I cannot find one single archeological site made by Muslims contributing to the world’s must-see. Even the Kaaba was taken from the pagan/Hindus.

    • freddiethegreat

      You’re wrong. There’s the, ah – that other place – um, you know the one I mean? The, ah, whatsitcalled?

    • Lady Magdalene

      I know it isn’t an archeological site, but the El Hambra Palace is quite impressive.

      • freddiethegreat

        I thought the Alhambra was a cinema?

        • Zaba

          used to be…in Sacramento, CA

    • WFC

      The early Muslim caliphs – the Umayyads – apparently built some remarkable buildings in Bagdhad and Andalusia.

  • Alison

    You do know that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country, not Muslim?

    There is a Muslim minority (also a Christian minority) and areas where Muslims predominate, but this is not all over.

    By and large, it is very rare to experience any problems there. Or at least it was when I lived there in 2007/8. Maybe things have changed since then.

    • Peter Ranford

      Thanks Alison, I was wondering when someone would point out the fact Sri Lanka is not a Muslims majority country. But we see here the shallow appreciation that the author has and the gullibility of the west which allows Islam to misappropriate the ancient archaeological heritage of former cultures and civilizations as their own.

    • Leon Wolfeson

      No, what betrays our values is attempts to have totalitarian rules on clothing, what’s “acceptable” to wear. We’re not France.

      Driving people out of sight solves nothing. And of course you’re quite aware that i.e. religious Jewish women wear wigs, right? So “sickening”…

      • Alison

        It’s about choice. How can a primary school child make the ‘choice’ to cover herself?

        And yes, it’s the same whatever denomination.

        You mention ‘Driving people out of sight’ – Muslim women covered are driven out of sight.

        • Leon Wolfeson

          Parents make choices for children – that’s basic UK law.

          You’re determined to remove the choice from everyone, I understand – your big state paternalism… (probably followed by all sorts of other “acceptable clothing” laws – I can think of certain MP who has been known to have a go about baggy jeans…)

          And so covering hair is “out of sight”, never mind they’re walking around on the streets as you don’t want them to do. Religious Jewish women are hence invisible to you, as they wear wigs. You did know that, right?

          • Alison

            You are talking absolute nonsense and there is little point in addressing your deliberate misinterpretation.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            That you view parent’s rights and the other freedoms we enjoy in Britain as “absolute nonsense” shows how extreme your views are.

            You refuse to engage, there’s a sharp difference.

          • Zaba

            the problem is islam, achmad

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Yes yes, you have a problem with other Muslims. As you talk to yourself.

          • Zaba

            but…..The biggest problem we face in the West is lack of education about islam.
            Numero dos is islam.
            politicalislam.com

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Right right, you’re pushing education in your faith at people. Gotta get those converts to your radical brand of Islam, after all!

          • Zaba

            You, abdullah (slave to allah), exemplify this:
            why is that muzlims on this site never self identify?
            Could it be the blasphemous nature of talking about islam with kafirs?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            Of course you, a Muslim, want to enslave me. And punish me for blasphemy.
            Because of your issues with self-identification. Yours, I’m not a Muslim. Unlike you.

          • Zaba

            hehehehehe

            why is that muzlims on this site never self identify?

            Could it be the blasphemous nature of talking about islam with kafirs?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you laugh at yourself for not self-identifying. When you’ve identified strongly as a Muslim and an Islamist with a peculiar set of beliefs based on your extremist views.

            As you once more threaten me, from your position as a Muslim. I see.
            No surprise there, of course.

          • Zaba

            as i said, not for you, but to educate my fellow kafirs;
            why is that muzlims on this site never self identify?
            Could it be the blasphemous nature of talking about islam with kafirs?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So, not for Jews. Because we don’t fit your plan. For the non-Islamic people, unlike your Muslim identity – forced education in your beliefs.

            And you’re talking nonsense, you’ve clearly identified yourself an Islamist.
            As you threaten me AGAIN. Sad.

          • Zaba

            what threat, achmad?

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So, as you talk to yourself, denying your threats…

          • Zaba

            catch 22 jack

          • Leon Wolfeson

            You notice, to your own personality, you’ve caught yourself in a Catch-22? I see.

          • Zaba

            The biggest problem we face in the West is lack of education about islam.

            Thanks for your help, mo.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you talk to yourself. And you think pushing your extremist views, smearing most Muslims…

          • Zaba

            ….smearing most Muslims…
            “The term ‘moderate Islam’ is ugly and offensive.
            There is no moderate Islam.
            Islam is islam.”
            Recep Erdogan, Turkish PM/Prez.

          • Zaba

            it’s a muzlim in Jew’s clothing.

      • Zaba

        takiya, mo

  • Sean L

    It’s only inevitable that Musl1ms own those places because they belong to the most powerful expansionist religion in the area; religion in the sense of a force that binds people to a common cause, its principal significance. By the same logic, and assuming that Europe also holds must-see treasures, one could easily imagine the same being said of a not too distant future Europe: that it was inevitable it should belong to Islam. That it doesn’t already, of course, is only because once upon a time Europe defended itself, repelling Musl1ms rather than inviting them in.

    • Zaba

      yes.
      The ideology of islam.

  • FedUpIndian

    I disagree – I think a generation from now, people will still have memorable travel experiences in Muslim countries like Englisthan, Frankisthan, Germanisthan, and Swedensthan. The condition of the indigenous populations of those countries will of course be similar to that of Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan or Copts in Egypt today, but like Delingpole, the tourists will turn a blind eye to Islamic Jim Crow, and gurgle and coo about samosas and kebabs.

    • Zaba

      samosas and kebabs.

      All, of course, halal and funding jihad!

    • Leon Wolfeson

      Funny, I object to your plans. How do you plan your little revolution, btw?

      • Zaba

        Age of Peak islam!

        • Leon Wolfeson

          And what sort of plan is that?

          • Zaba

            “It’s In The Koran”, by “Patrick Henry”
            http://markhumphrys.com/in.the.koran.html

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So your plan is to use a website espousing your type of Islam to take over the West in the name of your beloved Islam?

            As you link a song which espouses your beliefs. Not those of most Muslims, of course, just yours.

          • Zaba

            the 14 century fraud of islam is exposed,
            thanks for your help, ayisha.

          • Leon Wolfeson

            So you think you’re a fraud? I see.
            Keep talking to your other personalities.

  • JoBennets

    Chin up, James, by the time your children are grown Britain will belong to the ‘islamic world’ too and your kids will be more enriched than you ever dreamt of.

    • WTF

      Ain’t that the truth but most journalists seem oblivious of the future !

  • Solage 1386

    I myself have had much the same experiences as Mr Delingpole whilst strolling down the Kilburn High Road on a Saturday evening. From Watusis to Eritrean hill tribesmen, the whole world seems to have congregated there in an exotic phantasmagoria of sights, sounds and scents……As Pop-It-In-Pete and Dockyard Doris said to me only the other day: “Solage, dearest, no more trips to Timbuctoo and Agadir for us! The whole wide world appears to have landed on our doorstep!” There are drawbacks, of course. My alcoholic half-sister Miss Floribunda Rose was recently inveigled into the white slave trade, and has not been heard of since. She is much missed.

  • Hood

    You “celebrated Eid”. Why?

    • dalai guevara

      It’s what you do when you party in circles with many Muslim friends and followers.

      • Hood

        Yes, down to the Dog & Duck for a few pints and pork scratchings.

        I’m sure that you have endless hours of fun with “your many Muslim friends”.

        And you have followers?

        • Isaiah 2:4

          You frequent pubs? Are you a ‘pleb’?

      • Zaba

        many Muslim friends….like islam, have NO ethics, NO golden rule

    • Ivan Ewan

      I celebrated Eid. I said, “thank God that the annual Ramadan bloodbath is over.”

      • justejudexultionis

        Very funny, and very true!

      • Zaba

        ramadanbombathon results at
        thereligionofpeace.com

  • freddiethegreat

    It’s the WANDERS of the M. world that you don’t see that should worry you. The ones that wander to Syria or Iran or Saudi, and wander back again….

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  • Sean Grainger

    I suspect you ain’t consulted your children. But apart from anywhere they wld like to go there is always the studio where Elvis recorded Too Much or even Lubbock Texas where America’s second greatest poet was born.

  • GottaQHFilly

    What a huge, steaming pile of hog feces.

  • Kennybhoy

    Lovely article Maister D…

  • I wonder if there are any travel writers in the Middle East who write of their adventures heading the other way: An Innocent Abroad Among the Infidels, or something equally catchy.

  • I’m glad I never went to a Muslim country. I never will now.

    • WTF

      My limited experiences are Bahrain & Jordan. In Bahrain on a Friday night all the Saudi men cross the cause way to enjoy the delights of booze and loose women in the international hotels and in Jordan I foolishly had a curry and was laid up in the hotel for 3 days unable to leave the bathroom !

      That was enough Islamic experience for me and never again will I set foot in a Islamic state. Just to be on the safe side, I leave for the USA this week now I have my residents card as the way the UK is going, that will be an Islamic state soon.

  • Howard

    James Delingpole linking poverty to Islamic radicalism? Huh?
    Thought he of all people knew that wasn’t true.

  • Ivan Ewan

    Well, you asked for it James. You’re very, very naïve.

  • Common Sense ✟ كافر

    Fuck the Muslim countries , they are backward and treat non Muslims like shit. You can’t touch the women (although there are no lookers). On a great trip to Buddhist Thailand I had amazing beaches, temples, women, and people that greatly lookup to westerners and our culture. On the way back I had to stop off at Abu Dhabi airport to be in a sea of fat bearded men barging you as you walked and horrid women in Burka’s hobbling around. There were at least 50 of them on my connecting flight to London – talk about letting in the backward trash. Half of them needed wheelchairs to walk and were not old – disgusting diet, no excersize, and marrying your cousin is a lethal combination.

    • Sten vs Bren

      We were wondering if you’d consent to come to our pub and give a talk about your life and travels? There’s plenty of room in the saloon bar.

      We’ll be in the snug.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Thailand, particularly Bangkok is wall-to-wall crooks, often violent. You’d be far better using KL as your hub for third-world Asia. And the three-month, FoC visa on arrival is not to be sneezed at.

    • Airey Belvoir

      Some beautiful women in Iran. A pleasure in flying out of Tehran is to see all the black lumps heading to the loo as soon as the BA or KLM flight is airborne, and emerging in their western clothes like butterflies out of a chrysalis. (Sadly, the reverse happens as you fly inbound.)

  • Johnny Foreigner

    James, at least you’ll still have Bradford. Morocco, don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that.”

  • Ron

    What exactly the Americans expected in there New World Order where a continual stream of oil would flow to the USA after they had removed the Middle East Dictators was not a sudden surge of Islamic fever destabilising Africa and Europe. Or was it?

  • Omallet

    all you rich f….tastic wits who think you can sell us all down the river because your children or grandchildren will be able to fly to the moon well you are wrong because one of us plebs will blow that ship up somehow

  • Innit Bruv

    Good article !!! Talk about giving pearls to the swine…..

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    I wanted to send the Prophet Mohammed a Christmas card, but the Post Office didn’t seem to have his address.

    • justejudexultionis

      Was the Christmas Card with 100 lbs of Semtex? I sincerely hope so, for all our sakes.

    • Airey Belvoir

      I once received a card at Christmas from an Iranian Ministry which simply said: ‘Congratulations on the birth of your Prophet.’ Quite touching.

    • Leon Wolfeson

      They can get letters to Father Christmas, I’m sure they can find the guy in America who renamed himself “Prophet Mohammed” a few years ago for a PR stunt.

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  • Mr.Johnson Brown

    How to Fix a Broken Relationship,My name is Mr.Johnson from France and I am a 59 years old man. I was married to Mrs.Helen Baines Johnson and I’m happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife.so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce.she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she didn’t love me anymore.So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife.So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.{salvationlovetemple@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who didn’t call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to “bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Sam for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again. salvationlovetemple@gmail.com, Thanks..,.

  • Sue Smith

    Why would I want to go to the Musikverein and hear the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Berliner Philharmoniker when I can be sitting in some pus-infested vomitorium in Africa? It’s a no-brainer. Pass me the plane ticket – quickly now. Before they all go to the ‘beautiful people’. We can all hold hands, smell incense, buy cheesecloth sacks, pick our feet, burn candles and make a communal quilt. When finished, we can read from the Prophet, Kahlil Gibran… play Kumby Ya (spelling?) on the gee-tar….. then suck on the dreaded weed to dull our brains so the real world won’t encroach upon us. The taxpayer will support us; really they will.

    What’s not to love? After all, the world of the Left is full of un-reconstructed hippies.

    • Prolix

      Ah…Berlin and Wien would certainly bring great cultural pleasure and reward, but Mr. Delingpole gets to parley his garden spot visits into a column for the Speccie–a gig I would much like to have even in just part time. From the exciting locales described in the article it is just one short step to have a platform from which one can do things such as …. well … such as rail against an apparent invidious cabal of climate scientists who might think the climate is changing–oh the vapours! Now how can Berlin trump that?

      • Sue Smith

        You’ve got a point there. It is pretty compelling, I’ll agree!! 🙂

    • Leon Wolfeson

      Look, if you dislike music that much…

      • Sue Smith

        It’s not that – it’s that I love Muslim countries and culture!!! I long to sit on a beach in a black shroud; something I’ve always wanted to do which says “I’m a woman of the 12th century”! It’d be, like, the opposite of ‘out and proud’!! And I admire hippies, really I do. They are the world forerunners of the modern intellectual movement – broadminded, interested in freedom of speech, hard-working and committed to the principles of a liberal democracy! Some of our highest achievers have been hippies; I mean, look at the late Steve Jobs. He was such a committed hippy that he thought he’d found an ‘alternate’ treatment for pancreatic cancer. Woops…!

        They accept personal responsibility and bring their kids up to respect others and, above all, to fit in!! It’s a no-brainer – you’ve gotta love it!!

        • Leon Wolfeson

          That *was* sarcasm.

  • Tarquin Gaylord

    Wow! Smoking weed with the cats and drinking tea with the dudes! What a hipster!

  • Vic

    Man’s problem. It was ever thus for female travellers.

  • Vic

    Did your then girlfriend who was nearly sexually assaulted and gave his description to the police consider the assailant “silly”? Or is this why you are her ex?

  • Vic

    “Partly too, though, it’s down to cultural inclination. From Sir Richard Burton to Lawrence of Arabia, the Prince of Wales, the Fry’s Turkish delight advert and — traditionally — almost the entire Foreign Office, we Brits have long had a bit of a pash for the world of hookahs, flowing robes, dunes, falconry, scimitars, camels, sheep’s eyeballs and so on.”

    Ah orientalism: where racism meets sexism.

    • justejudexultionis

      Well said. The FO is stuffed to the gills with occasionally anti-Semitic homosexual Oxbridge-educated T E Lawrence fantasists. Edward Said had a point.

  • Mr.Johnson Brown

    How to Fix a Broken Relationship” My name is Mr.Johnson Brown from France and I am a 59 years old. I was married to Mrs.Helen Baines Johnson and I’m happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife.so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce.she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she didn’t love me anymore.So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife.So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.{salvationlovetemple@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who didn’t call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to “bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Sam for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again. salvationlovetemple@gmail.com, Thanks..,,.,,.

    • justejudexultionis

      WTF?

      • Mr.Johnson Brown

        Good news to everyone out here,

        How to Fix a Broken Relationship 100% Powerful and Genuine Spell Caster” My name is Mr.Johnson Brown from France and I am a 59 years old. I was married to Mrs.Helen Baines Johnson and I’m happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife.so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce.she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she didn’t love me anymore.So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife.So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.{salvationlovetemple@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who didn’t call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to “bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Sam for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again. salvationlovetemple@gmail.com, Thanks..

        • justejudexultionis

          Still, WTF?

          • Mr.Johnson Brown

            Good news to everyone out here,

            How to Fix a Broken Relationship 100% Powerful and Genuine Spell Caster” My name is Mr.Johnson Brown from France and I am a 59 years old. I was married to Mrs.Helen Baines Johnson and I’m happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife.so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce.she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she didn’t love me anymore.So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife.So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.{salvationlovetemple@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who didn’t call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to “bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Sam for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again. salvationlovetemple@gmail.com, Thanks…..,

  • scampy

    Why not experience muslim culture nearer home like Bradford,Luton,Tower Hamlets or Rotheram where possessing a penis is scary for young white girls in a Pakistani taxi?
    Get a look at real life and the face it that islam has failed and hordes are running from the hell.

    • WTF

      Yep, save the cost of a plane fare and all the delights of Islam are on our very own doorstep thanks to Blair & Cameron !

  • justejudexultionis

    I used to have a Muslim boyfriend. It ended because he kept on blowing up on me.

  • ohforheavensake

    The man who writes for Breitbart over-reacts. Surprise, surprise.

    • new_number_2

      That is his forte.

  • Smiffy51

    Do have a look at what is happening to our cities, James.

  • Apaliteno

    Try Indonesia, James

  • Reform_the_NHS

    Good article but… it’s a lefty myth that poverty is linked to radicalisation. Most terrorists are, in fact, middle class, Northern Ireland being the exception that proves the rule. See Alan Krueger’s ‘What Makes a Terrorist’

  • Leon Wolfeson

    Well of course not, given the sort of policies the right want Britain to adopt.

  • WTF

    Over the past 1400 years there’s been very little that Islam or Muslims have giving the world in the sense of art or science as anything of note was created by ethnic groups under the ‘jackboot’ of Islam. Nonetheless its a great shame that beautiful edifices that were created under Islam albeit not by Muslims should be destroyed by the base instincts of Islam in 2015.

  • Zaba

    From Daniel Pipes, historian
    The overwhelming preponderance of terrorist acts are conducted by young Muslim men 15 to 30 years old. This age bracket covers about half of the male population of the Islamic world, leaving us with a potential jihad pool of 25% of all Muslims – approximately 300 million people.

    http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/65537

    • Leon Wolfeson

      Ah, some random guy.
      As you ignore Capitalism. And Communism. And…

  • Zaba

    A nice Irish ditty:

    “It’s In The Koran”, by “Patrick Henry”

    http://markhumphrys.com/in.the.koran.html

    • Leon Wolfeson

      Keep preaching, the song you espouse as holding YOUR views.

  • Zaba

    And, before I go off to my job……
    why is that muzlims on this site never self identify?
    Could it be the blasphemous nature of talking about islam with kafirs?

    For the skinny on islam, see info tabs here:
    thereligionofpeace.com

    • Leon Wolfeson

      Keep preaching your brand of Islam. As you talk about your job spreading hate, which you’re doing here. You self-identify fine as a Muslim, then threaten people.

  • Zaba

    islam has no ethics, no golden rule and conducts some five=a=day terror attacks;

    26,200+ since 9-11, all documented at thereligionofpeace.com
    islam is not compatible with Democracy and foments 95% of the current
    armed conflicts in the world.

    • Leon Wolfeson

      Thanks for espousing your beliefs about your faith, as you praise other Islamists.

      And state YOUR personal attempts to smear all Muslims with your extremism. Oh, and to over-egg your achievements. Russia’s actions in the Ukraine, alone…

  • Zaba

    Off to work folks.
    Have at it with the Jew impostor, ‘leon’.

    • Leon Wolfeson

      Ah yes, your lovely Islamist view.
      That Jews may not be Jews.

      Anyway – I hope nobody is hurt. Maybe a policeman will run you off…

  • James Jones

    You moron Delingpole.

    You witter on about lost travel opportunities!

    The Labour Party and The Tories have together engineered it such that we are heading for a Muslim majority population in Britain within the lifetime of your children. There is a LOT more to worry about than your changed holiday patterns.

    Please get real.

    Oh and by the way, best prepare your chldren for life elsewhere, it’s probably too late to save Britain and Europe.

  • jeremy Morfey

    The tragedy is the core of Islam itself has been gravely defiled over the last 30 years by the Wahhabis, so that it has no longer a credible historic narrative.

    I refer to the demolition of 95% of the historic sites of Mecca and Medina – the places where all Muslims must go at least once in a lifetime to learn of the origins of their founder and Allah’s Messenger. In the place of the Grand Mosque and countless ancient monuments, some dating back 1000 years are shopping malls, 5 star hotels, fast food concessions, and designer statements such as the Clock Tower parading the great wealth of the Wahhabi princes that reign over the place. Where Mohammed’s first wife’s house was is now a public toilet. So much for washing your feet before going into a holy place! Kiosks that might once have provided kebabs for hungry pilgrims now contain anti-Shia, anti-Sufi, anti-Kuffar propaganda that declares the only pure interpretation of Islam is that coming from the Sunni Wahhabis. All that’s left is this black cube, reputedly coming from the Great Muslim Himself: Abraham, the Everlasting King of the Jews. This year, they destroyed the pillars of the Grand Mosque in Mecca which laid out Mohammed’s history and the names of his friends who set up his religion. All smashed to dust now. What have today’s Muslims got for their Pilgrimage other than an upmarket version of Disney World or Las Vegas? The one place where all people must be considered equal under God is now charging thousands for a night’s stay in a luxury modern hotel, and the lesser classes must somehow take their chances with the robbers miles from the Kaaba. It is the blasphemy to end all blasphemies, and puts irreverent Danish cartoons in their place.

    All that is left of what was great religion, and where all followers are directed to point when praying are marauding gangs of thugs, fed by narrow-minded interpretations of what others tell them what it’s all about, and the vast majority of believers cast adrift from their religion by vast extravagant ostentation that bears little resemblance to the simple folk scratching out a life in the desert Mohammed might have been familiar with, and a growing resentment from those outside the faith who can see the emerging truth and do not like it. England too had its iconoclasts that wiped out all its medieval religious heritage. But at least Rome and Jerusalem were spared… or were they? They too had their moments of blind destruction…

    • Terry Field

      why do people put wahhabi on sushi???

  • Zaba

    Where are the muzlim voices?
    Apologists only?

  • Nige Cook

    James, as a liberal, don’t you believe that the terrorists of the Islamic State are just misguided freedom fighters who feel that the West has exploited and trampled on them for generations? Don’t you feel unending shame at the way T. E. Lawrence, representing us British Imperialists, promised an Islamic state in Palestine in WWI when the Jihadists helped us win that war? They delivered on their promises, we let them down. Don’t you feel that if only we study and memorise our Koran, we will be better people? As John Stuart Mill put it in his great classic, On Liberty:

    “Where there is a tacit convention that principles are not to be disputed; where the discussion of the greatest questions which can occupy humanity is considered to be closed, we cannot hope to find that generally high scale of mental activity which has made some periods of history so remarkable.”

  • pedestrianblogger

    Most Muslims are good people but this is in spite of their religion, not because of it.

    • Maid_Meena

      “Many Christians have left Iraq because they no longer have hope that they will ever be able to make a life there or trust their Muslim neighbors again. An Iraqi priest named Father Gazwan Yousif Baho, who has chosen to stay in Iraq to attend to the needs of the faithful, recently said that Christians were demoralized by the betrayal of Muslim neighbors they had known for decades.
      http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/11/04/firebombed-baghdad-church-reopens-faithful-fled/

      Keep trying to kid yourself Mr Bowlly if it makes you feel better.

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