Free story online by John Lynch

I’ve changed all the names, for reasons that should be obvious, but this story is largely true, as the word “true” is generally used – that is, the facts described actually happened, and happened in the way I say they did. I’m not publishing it here, though, because I want to tell a story; I’m republishing it (it first appeared a while ago on my own blog) because in recent weeks I’ve listened to a lot of discussion – some of it fatuous, much of it wishful thinking and some of it dangerous – about Islam, what Moslems want and how the cultures of Islamic countries chime with/differ from those in the West. I’ve spent a lot of my life in the Middle East and while there I’ve socialised mostly with locals and rarely with Western expats. This is my contribution to the debate. I hope it will go a little way towards persuading Westerners that things in the Middle East are not as they think, and not as governments and commentators are telling them.

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