The debate about ISIS almost automatically becomes a debate about who’s to blame for it: who started the Iraq War, who withdrew from it, who supported Nouri al-Maliki, who didn’t support the Syrian rebels, who helped to create ISIS, who failed to see ISIS coming, whose policies turned Muslims into jihadists, who has a right to say anything at all. These arguments are a sweet substitute for the thankless task of formulating honest answers to the questions raised by ISIS, which would inevitably mean advocating morally dubious actions with no certainty of a good outcome, as well as having to repudiate many of one’s earlier views.
We have ‘white people’ problems in America. White people problems. You know what that is? That’s where your life is amazing, so you just make shit up to be upset about. People in other countries have real problems: ‘Oh shit — they’re cutting off our heads today!’ …Here we make shit up to be upset about. ‘How come I have to choose a language at the ATM machine? This is bullshit! I’m American!’
On the Shelves in Oxford this week we have essential guides for anyone working with the written word, whether on paper or in electronic form. New Hart’s Rules, New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and New Oxford Spelling Dictionary have arrived on the shelves to help writers - now there’s no excuse for mistakes!