August 4, 2005
...within that large majority there was a small cell of bombers who wanted to wreak maximum destruction. These extremist and violent religionists, disowned by the majority, were motivated by a far deeper attachment to the supra-national structure of the church than to the state. Some of them had been trained abroad.
They were English Catholics, in 1605.
A tolerant, multi-layered, and in many ways subtle approach to cultural diversity was quite suddenly and for a very long time thrown into reverse by an attack made on the majority culture by a tiny, partially unhinged group of murderous maniacs. They represented no one but themselves, but their actions were frightening enough for the majority culture to close down on them and any one who looked like them.
Surely this is the kind of history we should all be hearing about?
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