Behind the Veil

It was the French philosopher Voltaire who wrote in a letter: '”Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.”

Given that this month I’m off to lecture a conference of Middle-eastern government leaders on the benefits of an open society and the free flow of information, I’m not certain that my timing, in view of the events of the last week is fortuitous

It will be interesting though to witness the strength of public opinion, on the ground, so to speak and I’ll certainly report back to you. It would be wise though, not to underestimate the potential for violence against our own citizens and society, as a consequence of the ill-considered publication of the cartoons that so inflamed Islamic opinion both here and abroad.

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