It wasn't only during the alleged Muhammad's time that islam and muslims represented pure evil (from whatever - except perhaps islamic - standpoint you look at it). This kind of evil has always been tied to islamic ideology. So no surprise that muslims behaved as their "prophet" did more than 100 years earlier. So why shouldn't this same original sin of islam be present today? Only a bigoted hypocrite can deny this.
BBC is eagerly defending islamofascism in most forms. However, sometimes you really get the feeling that their presenters actually believe in what they say. Such naivety may be exemplified by Melvyn Bragg's stance on original islam. Listen here to his pathetic glorifying of "the energetic Arabs who swept over the world" and his disappointment with scholarly facts which tells about looting and slaughtering muslims "who lived on the land they had emigrated to and attacked".
By the 1990s, having received a range of reviews for his work, from outstanding to lazy, some critics were suggesting that splitting his time between writing and broadcasting was detrimental to the quality, and that his media profile and his known sensitivity to criticism made him an easy target for unjust reviews. That may well be so but Klevius wouldn't dream of criticizing someone unjustly as you can yourself conclude from the video on this posting.
According to The Independent, The Literary Review's prize mocking his poor writing of sex in fiction was awarded not on readers' nominations, but simply because it would be good PR. Could this be a clue to his poor understanding of islam? Islam's foundation is after all sex apartheid and rapetivism.
Bragg's friends include the former Labour Party leaders Tony Blair, Neil Kinnock and the late Michael Foot, and former deputy leader Roy Hattersley. He was one of 100 donors who gave the Labour Party a sum in excess of £5,000 in 1997 (some £15,000 today), the year the party came to power under Blair in the general election. The following year he was appointed by Blair to the House of Lords as the life peer Baron Bragg, of Wigton in the County of Cumbria, one of a number of Labour donors given peerages. This led to accusations of cronyism from the Conservative Party.
The Battle of Tours
The above video gives you a revealing excerpt from BBC's extremely biased and tendentious program series In Our Time.
BBC's presenter Melvyn Bragg and his guests (in the video clip Hugh Kennedy, Professor of Arabic at SOAS, University of London) discuss the Battle of Tours. In 732 a large Arab army invaded Gaul from northern Spain, and traveled as far north as Poitiers in France. There they were defeated by Charles Martel and the Viking Holger Danske*, whose Frankish and Burgundian forces repelled the invaders. The result confirmed the regional supremacy of Charles, who went on to establish a strong Frankish dynasty.
* A fihure with more historical body than Mohammad.
Re.: Minarets on BBC's program logo above
Constantinople was attacked by the Ottoman islamofascists on 29 May 1453. In accordance with islamic custom sultan Mehmet II allowed his troops three days of unbridled pillage once the city fell, after which he would claim its contents for himself. Hagia Sophia was not exempted from the pillage, becoming its focal point as the invaders believed it to contain the greatest treasures of the city. Shortly after the city's defenses collapsed, pillagers made their way to the Hagia Sophia and battered down its doors. Throughout the siege worshipers participated in the Holy Liturgy and Prayer of the Hours at the Hagia Sophia, and the church formed a refuge for many of those who were unable to contribute to the city's defense, such as women, children and elderly. Trapped in the church, congregants and refugees became spoils to be divided amongst the Ottoman invaders. The building was desecrated and looted, and occupants enslaved, violated or slaughtered; while elderly and infirm were killed, women and girls were raped and the remainder chained and sold into slavery. Priests continued to perform Christian rites until stopped by the invaders. When the Sultan and his cohort entered the church, he insisted it should be at once transformed into a mosque.