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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

“The Brits brought order"

And independence brought violence and superstition. The women of the Middle East are among the least well known victims of the retreat of the West, and its values. The post-war Left viewed imperialism as an evil, which sometimes it was. They naively imagine that the cultures ruled over by the European powers were morally superior. The myth of the Noble Savage blinded them to the bloody reality. As the Empires were dismembered a bad was replaced by an evil. "From bikinis to burkas."

“The Brits brought order,” my father used to tell us. My sister Faiza talks of a cosmopolitan port where European ships would stop on the way from Europe to the Indian subcontinent, often bringing with them such coveted merchandise as the latest fashions or, more thrillingly for my then-teenage sisters and brother, early Beatles albums. For some reason, Yemenis especially liked Ringo Starr.

But that security was rocked by guerrilla uprisings in the mid-1960s, and came to an end in the fall of 1967 when the nascent nationalist movement declared independence from the British.

Posted by Richard Anderson on January 13, 2010 | Permalink

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Darth Vader can bring you order too.

Posted by: Floyd Looney | 2010-01-13 9:01:46 PM



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