Take my Rorschach inkblot test on this space photo.
It portrays the terminator: the day-night divide over continental Europe.
But to me, it represents something deeper and more sinister.
The inexorable creep of Islamic fundamentalism across Europe.
Whilst traveling last week, I was able to catch up on some reading and was mightily impressed by a speech delivered in May by Winston Churchill’s grandson to a JNF function in Melbourne, Australia.
Here is an extract:
“But today a new challenge confronts us: Extremist Islam has declared war on the rest of the world, as we see from their ruthless attacks - overwhelmingly targeted at innocent civilians - with the outrage of 9/11, the bombings in Madrid, in Bali, in London and most recently, in Jordan.Meanwhile the Fundamentalists are doing all in their power to mobilise against us the large Muslim communities living in our midst. There today are an estimated seven million Muslims in North America; nearly half a million in Australia, while in the European Union, the Muslim community is estimated at 20 million, including nearly 2 million in Britain.The scale of the problem confronting Europe today is epitomized by France, which has a Muslim community of some 6 million, or 10% of its population. But, taking the population aged 20 and below, that figure rockets to 30%, such is the birth rate among the immigrant communities. In other words, within one further generation, France will have become an Islamic country - a truly awesome prospect.”
The full text of this outstanding speech can be viewed at this link.
I find it ironic that the scientific name for what is shown in this photograph is ‘the terminator’.
For surely the alternative spectre I have ascribed to it will surely represent the termination of life in Europe, as we once knew it.