For readers still bathing in the crimson reverie of Eid al-Adha, a brief note to maintain your festive spirit. It was announced recently that British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, has converted to Islam.
Some bigots will blanch at this, though there’s certainly precedent for those with more rational dispositions. For example, the American ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro, is a jew. And I expect Simon Collis will remain no less loyal and committed to the interests of English and Welshmen then Mr. Shapiro is to his countrymen in Kansas.
Bonds of fellowship are forged by governments not people, you understand. If a state entity offers citizenship to two men from different races and cultures, then their allegiance to one another becomes sacrosanct. That’s why you feel so innately connected to naturalized Somalis. It’s just the way human beings are wired.
As a result, the now-Muslim but still British Mr. Collis will faithfully serve the country that employs him while standing as a staunch advocate in negotiations with his fellow Islamists. Though whose position he will actually advocate is an open question. But given Britain’s ongoing submersion into the Dar al-Islam, it may just as well be a moot point before any conflict of interest inquires take flight.
This going native isn’t entirely unexpected. Collis has lived in muslim societies for some 30 years now, and he took a Syrian wife in 2011. The difference between historical acknowledgement of reality and the present liberal war on it is that modern sensibilities preclude any candid evaluation of his continuing fitness to serve British interests. Collis isn’t a demon for what he’s done, but he also isn’t in the Englishman’s corner–as their ambassador is obliged to be. A man whose defense lawyer is in bed with the prosecutor better start hoping for lenient sentencing.
None of which can now be publicly mentioned. And, of course, none of it is.
The Foreign Office declined to comment, saying Mr Collis’s religion was a personal matter.
What kind of matter might it have been if Collis had tweeted smiling photos of himself at a Pegida rally? A matter of dire diplomatic concern, I imagine. And if that speculation is correct, it suggests a nearly perfect contemporary logic inversion. The West dispatches ambassadors who represent other societies rather than its own.
Maybe we should call that novel phenomenon “Tatanka.”