Appeasing evil - and those who refuse to do so
This is a story about appeasement, which had shameful life in the 1930s and again, like a virus, has infected London and the Foreign Office. It is also a story about a brave civil servant, who revealed what was going on. And it refers to David Cameron's remarks in Germany.
The Prime Minister appears to have scorned the double standards of multi-culturalists - those who reject the best of Western culture while accepting the worst of non-Western culture - and to have affirmed freedom of speech and religion, equality before the law, and democracy -
A genuinely liberal country "believes in certain values and actively promotes them", Mr Cameron said.
"Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Democracy. The rule of law. Equal rights, regardless of race, sex or sexuality.
"It says to its citizens: This is what defines us as a society. To belong here is to believe these things."
Meanwhile, however, the Foreign Office has been diving under the covers with dictators.
We don't agree with everything in the column, but it's worth reading -
Appeasement is a slippery tactic. Diplomats convince themselves they are "engaging" with repulsive movements because the national interest demands it. But the longer they engage the more willing they become to take the side of their partners and find excuses for their life-denying ideologies. A series of leaks to the Observer from a brave Foreign Office civil servant called DEREK PASQUILL showed that Britain never spent a moment worrying about what Muslim Brotherhood rule would mean for the Christian and Bahá'í religious minorities, or for Egypt's democrats, liberals, trade unionists, women and homosexuals.
Thanks to Instapundit for the link.