Friday 22 September 2017

Kevin Myers: Never make a hero of a blundering fool. . .

Kevin Myers

NO doubt it made some sort of schoolboy sense for David Cameron to go to Pakistan and apologise for the British empire. "As with so many of the world's problems, we were responsible for the issue in the first place," he simpered.

Well, that was certainly true for the conquest and plantation of Ireland -- but it was not remotely true for Pakistan. And no, I don't believe that the British empire was set up to be benign, just that it had benign side-effects. And anyway, the only reason that there was a Pakistan in the first place, and why there are also tens of millions of Muslims in India, was the far earlier conquest of the Indian sub-continent by the Islamic Mogul Empire.

Kashmir -- the bone of an endlessly bloody contention between Pakistan and India -- had been Hindu, before a Mogul victory, and the forcible conversation of many natives to Islam. I'm sure that no visiting Muslim-Mongol to India ever says, "Sorry about Kashmir". But then, I'm equally sure that no Turkish leader ever visits Saudi Arabia and apologises for the conquests by Selim the Grim 500 years ago.

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