Not a Gulf in Every Sense

A debatable comment from the Providence Journal’s editorial about the London bombings:

Thursday’s attacks seemed clearly timed to coincide with the opening of the G-8 summit meeting in Scotland, where efforts to help Africa (home of almost 350 million Muslims) have been high on the agenda. Quite a gulf between that and Islamic terrorists’ agenda of establishing a religious totalitarianism in as wide a swath of the world as possible.

Perhaps there’s a “gulf” between opposing sides in the same fight, but Islamicists have every reason to resist economic improvement in Africa. A Dark Age ideology will fester better on a continent that’s kept in the dark.
Otherwise, apart from its ending with a vague and gratuitous reference to “our suicidal oil habit” (isn’t there oil in Africa?), the editorial is dead on.

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