EAST IS EAST AND WEST IS WEST DID KIPLING GET IT RIGHT?
0h, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat; But there is neither East nor. A line from a poem by Rudyard Kipling. It continues, a few lines later: “But there is neither East nor West When two strong men stand face to face.”. OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,. Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;. But there is neither East.
The Colonel's son sets off on a dun horse in pursuit. He catches up with Kamal at the edge of his territory and fires his pistol at him but misses.
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Kamal challenges him to a riding contest, and they gallop until dawn; after 20 miles, the dun falls. Kamal turns, and knocks the pistol out of the son's hand. Kamal says that it was only by his permission that the son had ridden unharmed through his territory. The son counters that his death would cost Kamal's tribesmen the high price of feeding and quartering a large punitive expedition "If there should follow a thousand swords to carry my bones away He demands that Kamal return the mare, and proposes to "fight [his] own way back" to his territory.
Kamal advises him that the theft of the mare, which after all didn't belong to him personally, shouldn't provoke him to place his life at risk with such rash demands. The Colonel's son reiterates the demand on behalf of his father, at which point the mare returns to him on her own accord. Kamal respects the mare's choice of owner "'We be two strong men The son offers a pistol to Kamal as a return gift between friends, which Kamal accepts.
Kamal then commands his only son to protect the Colonel's son on his return journey and to serve valiantly under him for the British Rajeven if he has to fight against Kamal "for the peace of the border-line".
Kamal foretells his own death by hanging, and the promotion of his son to a high rank in the cavalry. The Colonel's son and Kamal's son swear blood brotherhood. Anyone taking even the most cursory look at those who adhere to the religion of the Prophet Mohammed will soon discover many reasons to explain the obvious difficulties facing someone from an Islamic background arriving in a western, democratic country.
The clash of cultures is quite stark; slavish obedience to an ancient code versus liberty and free speech.
Islam instead calls for a Khilafa Caliphate based on consultation, and a just economic system based on Zakat and a prohibition of usury. In the USA, it is believed that some 80 per cent of the mosques there are under the control of the Wahabists to whom Saudia Arabia has contributed countless billions of its petroleum dollars in order to dispense that particularly authoritarian form of Islam.
Speaking on it recently was Saudi Professor Nasser bin Suleiman al Omar who offered his listeners the following: America will be destroyed. But we must be patient.
Ethiopia is another ancient Christian land where Muslims have come to outnumber Christians in the last years. In Europe there are some 15 million Muslims, and in France alone they account for one tenth of the population.
Even more interesting is that the French government now estimates that some 50, French Christians are converting to Islam each year, although there are no French imams among the imams in France.
If population trends continue, France could have a Muslim majority by In Brussels, the capital of Belgium and home of the EU bureaucracy, the most popular name for baby boys during the last four years was Mohammed. Here in Canada we have over half a million Muslims living here at the moment, and in Britain there is three times that number.
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In Canada, now presumably the fourth best country in the world, where freedom of speech at a Quebec radio station is menaced, the ones doing the menacing, our unelected friends at the CRTC Canadian Radio Television Commission awarded a licence to al-Jazeera. One wonders if it too will lose its licence if those videos of the beheading of westerners, which al-Jazeera seems pleased to show once in a while, do not have the required Canadian victim content!
He is the one at whose feet the obsequious Mayor of London grovelled recently, and is a staunch promoter of human rights such as executing homosexuals, the right of men to beat their wives, and the murder of innocent Jews. During the ensuing uproar it went unnoticed that he also wants to conquer Europe.
Those who have difficulty believing all this should listen to his popular TV show Sharia and Life, presumably coming to you soon on al-Jazeera. The conquest need not necessarily be by the sword. Perhaps we will conquer these lands without armies. We want an army of preachers and teachers who will present Islam in all languages and in all dialects. Had we been patient and let time take its course, instead of the eight million there could have been 80 million [Muslims], and 50 years later perhaps the US would have become Muslim.
Islam is a universal religion. It aims to bring its message to all. Could this be the precursor of an Islamic penal law which will institute sentences such as the flogging or the stoning of adulterous women?
The West is constantly castigated for having imposed its decadent values, culture and language on Third World countries, but one rarely reads that Islam colonised lands containing advanced and ancient civilizations. Something like years if memory serves.
Elsewhere, a central Asian people, the Turks, converted to Islam and conquered the ancient Christian land of Anatolia now Turkey. In they captured Constantinople, then the centre of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
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They turned the sublime Hagia Sophia, which had been one of the most important churches in Christendom for almost 1, years after it was built in A. D, into a mosque, adding minarets. For four hundred years the Turks occupied Greece and much of the Balkans, turning the Parthenon into a mosque and besieging Vienna, before retreating as their endurance declined.
Talk to a Greek Cypriot or a Greek about Islam and the Turks, but be careful to put some cotton wool in your ears first! Of course, before anyone writes to tell me, I am aware that Christianity has been just as much a conquering religion in its time.
The Spanish destroyed the ancient civilisations of Central and South America quite ruthlessly as they spread their message of Christian love. It was Christians too who colonised the Americas and Australia, annihilating the natives as they went.
All the while, Christian missionaries were at work busy converting much of Africa.
Who wrote "East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet"?
Now they have stopped their conquering and converting; indeed in much of the Christian world, in places like Quebec and France to name but two, they seem to have stopped believing in Christianity as well.
If there are doubters still about things like freedom of religious belief then consider that the Saudi Arabian government bans all churches, while the west is building, if not paying for, so-called Islamic Cultural centres. In some Islamic countries even the preaching of Christianity is banned, contrasting starkly with the West where the right to practice religion is enshrined in our laws and constitutions.