No one will be surprised about Lauren Booth's conversion to Islam. Her penchant for the Brown Exotic was total and extreme. She could see no Islamic evil; hear no Islamic evil; and, more relevantly, she never reported on Islamic evil. Instead she focussed exclusively on the crimes of America and the West. Those 'million civilian deaths' in Iraq and elsewhere she mentions, of course, had nothing to do with the death cult, Islam, and the fact that Sunnis have been killing Shia, and Shia have been killing Sunnis, for over a thousand years. We are not to blame for the behaviour of Muslims towards each other in Iraq and elsewhere. Perhaps Blair and co. should have known what Muslims would do to fellow Muslims when given the freedom to do so. Perhaps they should have listened to people like the EDL. Instead, they remained ignorant of the death cult and the fact that when Muslims live in non-dictatorial regimes, or in times of non-government, they tend to kill each other, as well as kill infidels. Thus Western leaders were ignorant rather than culpable.
Clearly Booth needs something to give her some self-discipline. But why choose Islam? Why choose an expansionist, misogynist, anti-Semitic, etc. religion just to stop yourself from drinking alcohol and sleeping around? If many Muslims are hardly morally disciplined anyway (they condone killing non-Muslims, pimp non-Muslim girls, sell crack, etc.), then, in many ways, Islam was a pretty bad choice on Booth's part.
You can only hope that Lauren Booth moves permanently to Iran to live a life of murderous piety and holy boredom.
- By Ed West, October 25th, 2010, from the Telegraph.co.uk
It was only a matter of time. Tony Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth has converted to Islam after a dose of “spiritual morphine” in Iran, although she talks about the world’s fastest-growing religion like it was the latest version of the Atkins Diet:
“Now I don’t eat pork and I read the Koran every day. I’m on page 60. I also haven’t had a drink in 45 days, the longest period in 25 years,” she said.
And she’s even refused to rule out wearing a burka: “Who knows where my spiritual journey will take me?”
Politically Booth has always struck me as being incredibly naïve, or willfully ignorant of reality. She writes:
"Here in Iran they feel proud to suffer in order to express solidarity with the people of Palestine. It’s kind of like the way you express solidarity with America only without illegal chemical weapons and a million civilian deaths."
Presumably being a past contributor to the Iranian regime’s mouthpiece, Press TV, makes it easier for her to overlook Iran’s appalling human rights record, stories of widespread torture, rape and murder following last year’s rigged elections, its role in murdering dozens of dissidents across Europe, and its financing of various homicidal sectarian groups in Iraq.
I’ve written before about the fascination some middle-class Englishwomen have with Islam and the Arab world; the paradox is that many who convert come from progressive backgrounds and would be horrified at the idea of embracing Catholicism or one of the more conservative forms of Protestantism. And yet they’re prepared to adopt a religion far more traditional in its attitude to the sexes, and adopt an item of clothing that Middle Eastern women fought so hard and courageously to get rid of.
No doubt their Islam is partly a reaction to the excesses of the last 40 years, by people too programmed to oppose “Right-wing politics” to become conventionally conservative. Anyone who’s walked through a British city centre on a Friday night and contrasted the behaviour of the people serving the curry with the people eating it can see the attractions of a faith that emphasises family, duty and sobriety. And Islam is also attractive because it’s so demanding, asking great sacrifices of its followers.
But partly it is because Islam is, unlike any other faith, more than just a religion – it is also a political idea. And ever since the decline of socialism and Left-wing intellectuals’ abandonment of the working class, third worldist “anti-imperialism” has become the radical chic of choice, especially so with the Holy Land conflict. And what better way of embracing the politics of the 1968 generation than by submitting to Islam?