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Is Al-Qaeda Winning?
This is the intensely irritating title of a BBC Radio 4 programme, which I have nearly missed, but which will be repeated and which overseas listeners can also get. (I will explain how when Alan, who kindly told me about this, gets back to me.)
The title is irritating because it suggests that the programme will blather on about Guantanamo and how America has "squandered the world's sympathy". It is irritating, too, because it implies that Al-Qaeda, rather than Islam itself, is the problem. As long as we have Islam, we will always have Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Wahabis, "extremists", "youths" and so on.
On past form the BBC is idiotically pro-"Palestinian" and often, but by no means always, anti-American. Occasionally, however, it surprises us with a fair and balanced analysis, and sometimes important facts and arguments reach the public in spite of, rather than because of, the bias of the reporter.
This may be one such occasion. I will listen at some stage and report back.