Echoes of another time and a state that lost its tolerance

“There is a climate of thinly-disguised racialism in the popular press. Every picture of a Muslim cleric or detainee depicts a sneering, leering bearded fanatic – a kind of comic-book villain straight out of John Buchan. There is a striking resemblance between these contemporary depictions of Muslims and the images of Jews circulated by anti-semitic journals in Weimar Germany.”

Iain MacWhirter in the Herald, 17 August 2005

This critique would carry more weight if MacWhirter himself avoided writing scaremongering articles about the threat of “Islamofascism”. (Read Sohaib Saeed’s response here.)