Isis The Origins Of Violence

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

ISIS - The Origins of Violence

Date: 18th May 2017

I really really do want to try and understand the ghastliness behind the whole ISIS movement.  And no one could have presented a programme better than historian Tom Holland.  He has a quiet authority and doesn't wave his arms round like a demented windmill.

The programme was very moving indeed and at one point, walking through the rubble of a ruined town, Tom was seen wiping tears from his eyes and I had a lump in my throat. He examined the interpretation of jihad and the caliphate and questioned the assertion that the group had nothing to do with Islam.

Obviously not many people would have been happy to talk to Tom but those who did found themselves with a listener, not a confrontational interviewer.  His very quietness  and what he didn't say in the interviews  'Spoke Volumes'

The whole programme was a credit to Channel 4 and to Tom Holland.

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