Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
If I had to propose a model for Western rhetoric, it would be the Australians. In the days after Sept. 11, the French got all the attention for that Le Monde headline—“Nous sommes tous Americains”—“We are all Americans,” though they didn’t mean it, even then. But John Howard, the Aussie prime minister, put it better and kept his word: “This is no time to be an 80 percent ally.”
Marvelous. More recently, the prime minister offered some thoughts on the difference between Muslims and other immigrant groups. “You can’t find any equivalent in Italian or Greek or Lebanese or Chinese or Baltic immigration to Australia. There is no equivalent of raving on about jihad,” he said, stating the obvious in a way most political leaders can’t quite bring themselves to do. “There is really not much point in pretending it doesn’t exist.”
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