RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY RICHARD SPENCER IN THE TELEGRAPH
Anyone who uses seriously the phrase "war on terror" immediately loses my attention as being someone with little worth saying.
You cannot have a war on ideas or techniques.
But you can very much have a war on a group of people whose religion or politics you do not like.
If people like you spent your time combing through the local mutterings of politicians and others in various countries, you could make just as superficially extreme-sounding a case.
Every day in the backward parts of that vast sprawl called America, you can find the most appalling things being said by local political or religious leaders.
In the backwoods of India or Africa, some of the statements made and practices done daily would curl your hair.
And in Israel, orthodox rabbis regularly say and do the most horrific things by the standards of the 21st century.