Magazine article The Spectator

The Day After

Magazine article The Spectator

The Day After

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New York

Although understandable, it was nevertheless dispiriting to have read so much about 11 September in American newspapers. Television, too, outdid itself with nonstop coverage. Imagine if Uncle Sam had been hit with a Dresden, or a Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What then? Still, at least firemen and cops got the credit that was long overdue. Now even trendy lefties and Hollywood types recognise their sacrifice, however reluctantly. I did not contribute to the torrent of words - I said what I had to say last year - but I do have something to add about the day after 11 September.

On 12 September, some Big Bagel city council members threw open the doors of City Hall to a murdering crook, Robert Mugabe, and hailed him as a conquering hero. I kid you not. Councilman Charles Barron, a former Black Panther - for those of you with short memories or too young to remember, these were black criminals who went around shooting cops and selling drugs during the lawless Sixties was the prime mover behind this shameless exercise of black solidarity. In fairness, many of the council's 51 members stayed away, but not a single one uttered a word of criticism or expressed moral outrage.

Par for the course. Barron now plans to lead a delegation to Zimbabwe, all expenses paid by Mugabe, on a fact-finding freebie. Like those taken by British so-called intellectuals to the Soviet Union before the war. 'I have seen the former white-owned farms and they will work in future. . . ' type of thing. Barron might even end up owning one, and why not? The price is right. Oh yes, I almost forgot. Barron has called for the replacing of City Hall portraits of white historical figures with black icons. (What about Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Malcolm X?) He has called Thomas Jefferson a 'pedophile' - that's a new one on me and has gone on record saying that `sometimes I want to go up to a white person and slap him, for my mental health'.

Mind you, I'm not surprised. The lack of reaction by whites is what bothers me. Where was Bush, or Bloomberg, or Pataki on this one? Mugabe is terminating whites in Zimbabwe in pre-war Hitlerian mode, and not a peep out of American and British whites. On the contrary. The Zimbabwean ambassador in Washington, Simbi Mubako (rhymes with tobacco), has been presented with Adrian Wilkinson's 3,000-- acre farm for services rendered, and has bragged about it. But that's peanuts compared to enforced starvation. …

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