Tuesday, July 12, 2005

An Interview with John Rhys-Davies

While we are writing and reading about the suicide of European civilization read this remarkable interview with Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys-Davies, courtesy of Either Orr to The Great Pumpkin via The Black Kettle (whew).

A tidbit to titillate.

I think that Tolkien says that some generations will be challenged. And if they do not rise to meet that challenge, they will lose their civilization. That does have a real resonance with me.

I have had the ideal background for being an actor. I have always been an outsider. I grew up in colonial Africa. And I remember in 1955, it would have to be somewhere between July the 25th when the school holiday started and September the 18th when the holidays ended.

My father took me down to the quayside in Dar-Es-Salaam harbor. And he pointed out a dhow in the harbor and he said, "You see that dhow there? Twice a year it comes down from Aden. It stops here and goes down [South]. On the way down it's got boxes of machinery and goods. On the way back up it?s got two or three little black boys on it. Now, those boys are slaves. And the United Nations will not let me do anything about it."

The conversation went on. "Look, boy. There is not going to be a World War between Russia and the United. The next World War will be between Islam and
the West."
This is 1955! I said to him, "Dad, you're nuts! The Crusades have been over for hundreds of years!"

And he said, "Well, I know, but militant Islam is on the rise again. And you will see it in your lifetime."

One of the great disgraces of Islam is its modern day tolerance and practice of slavery. One of our great shames is that we allow them to get away with it.


At 7:55 am, July 13, 2005 , Blogger Kateland, aka TZH said...

Great post. One issue that has not really made it into the main stream media but has in the African American community is the deliberate targeting of African American soldiers by the insurgency. Baldilocks has much more on this subject.

At 12:48 pm, July 13, 2005 , Blogger Kermit said...

A truth well spoken!


At 6:10 pm, July 13, 2005 , Anonymous c matt said...

A bit off-topic, but to any of you canucks up there, I had a friend who recently moved up there from the States, and seems a natural fit (she is quite liberal). On a return visit here, she sort of bragged about how the US media "filters" its news to slant it conservative so we don't get the "real" truth like they do in Canada, and how we are so "protected" from the truth (I had to grit my teeth so hard my fillings flattened). I found it rather odd, since I have always noticed a decidely leftward spin to the MSM in the USA. Is there a substantive difference in spin between the Canadian and US MSM? Or is it just one is left, and the other lefter? I don't get much Canadian news, so I really can't say. But I find it hard to believe Canadian MSM is any more leftist than say the NY Times.

At 9:20 pm, July 13, 2005 , Blogger John the Mad said...

I agree with you. The MSM media in Canada is left leaning, for the most part, but not noticeably more so than the NYT. The National Post is more right wing and The Toronto Sun leans right.
The CBC, a government owned, arm's length, Crown corporation (TV and radio) is a haven for socialist and mushie lefties and has a distinct anti-Bush bias.
The private networks CTV and Global are better. As for the French media in Quebec, well, welcome to the socialist commune. The US has more media outlets and the notion that the truth is somehow denied to US citizens is plain ridiculous, in my view.
Your friend is likely resonating with the anti-Iraq war media consensus. They don't even need to maintain a "cover" of supporting the troops, as is the case with left leaning American media. There is a livelier political debate down south as our conservative party (a recent blending of two parties) is not doing so well ....except in the West (our south).


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