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Another reason to biff the hawkers of Marrakech

Apologies for the prolonged absence. This was due to a holiday in which I stayed away from all forms of communication for two and a half weeks. I cannot recommend this policy too highly. During my break, incidentally, I discovered another reason to physically assault the hawkers who festoon the central square in Marrakech, the Djema el Fna. There were plenty of reasons before – the leering, the groping, the monomaniacal persistence, the useless tat they are flogging, the lying, the cheating etc. But now you can add the fact that they all say ‘lovely jubbly’ as soon as they realise you are English. Sadly I never quite mastered the Arabic for ‘F*** off, you sexually repressed third world yob’.

So, common sense has prevailed, then, and we are not about to go to war against Assad. Syria was never the Balkans; the same conditions simply do not apply. The Bosnian Muslims may have had half a dozen jihadis fighting for them, but they were in the main of a different stamp entirely to the maniacs battling against the ghastly Assad. I see that the Muslim mobs are now attacking Coptic churches in Egypt. On whose side should we intervene there?

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