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.
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.
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."