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Here’s a picture from the front page of the online Guardian:

It bothers me that this kind of image makes a connection between people of Muslim heritage and terrorism.

It may be a literal truth that a policeman was standing outside a kebab shop; it may be a literal truth that people connected to terrorism were arrested in a kebab shop, but I would like to bet that it is not a literal truth that all people connected with kebab shops are connected with terrorism.

If this were the case, Tory Blair would be living in a kebab shop — in fact, 10 Downing Street would be a giant kebab shop, with greater benefit to mankind.

In the photo, the word ‘hamburger’, the Western part of the combination is cut off, separated, excised; accentuating difference.

Or am I just over reacting, do you think? I dunno. Maybe kebabs are inherently evil. Maybe kebabs are the mysterious evil ideiology that Mr. Blair is always banging on about. My bottom might agree with that.
July 28, 2005

By chris page

Magazine editor, writer of fiction and non-fiction; exile; cat person; red wine for blood and cheese in his soul. Chris Page is the author of the novels Weed, Sanctioned, Another Perfect Day in ****ing Paradise, King of the Undies World, and The Underpants Tree. He is also a freelance journalist, copywriter, editor, cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer, and consultant in the use and abuse of false moustaches (don’t wear them — you’re welcome — the invoice is in the mail).

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