02 Dec 2005

Briton Bemused by Belgian Bomber

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Muriel Degauque

Brendan O’Neill, deputy-editor of spiked, a British online magazine “with the (?) modest (?) ambition of making history as well as reporting it,” and apparently (sort of, kind of) on the political Right, falls into an ecstatic state of higher consciousness at the marvellous complexity of it all, or perhaps he was merely stoned.

The Belgian brunette didn’t only blow up herself in Baghdad – she also blew to bits the various stereotypes of Islamic terrorists…

The life and death of Muriel Degauque should make all sides of the war and terror debate stop and think – about contemporary terrorism, the nature of the Iraqi insurgency, and disaffection among sections of society in the West. So come on then, what was Degauque? An Islamo-fascist, a freedom fighter – or something else?

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O’Neill should have read The Radical Loser by Hans Magnus Enzenberger. Hat tip to Franco Aleman.

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