Ian McEwan is one of my favorite authors. He wrote Saturday and Atonement, both of which are excellent. Now, as reported here, he’s taken a strong stand against Islamism. It is refreshing to see a public figure stand up for western civilization, rather than take the PC kool aid. McEwan says “I don’t like these medieval visions of the world according to which God is coming to save the faithful and to damn the others. But those American Christians don’t want to kill anyone in my city, that’s the difference.”
Elsewhere in the interview McEwan serenely predicted the Balkanisation of the United Kingdom. “Great Britain is an artificial construction of three or four nations. I’m waiting for the Northern Irish to unite with the Irish Republic sooner or later, and also Scotland could go its own way and become independent.”
Does the prospect disturb him? “No,” he replied, “I think that at this point we should start to reflect on Englishness: this is the country of Shakespeare, of Milton, Newton, Darwin…”
Good thing he does not live in Canada!