Top author Martin Amis is embroiled in a growing literary row after calling for Muslims to “suffer” to make them steer their children away from Islamist militancy.
The comments — including a suggestion that people who “look like they’re from the Middle East” should be strip-searched — have drawn fire from renowned Marxist literary critic Terry Eagleton.
“The idea was that by hounding and humiliating them as a whole, they would return home and teach their children to be obedient to the White Man’s law,” Eagleton wrote in The Guardian Wednesday.
“There seems something mildly defective about this logic,” he added ironically, calling Amis’ view “vile” and obnoxious.
The disputed remarks were made last September, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when Amis argued in an essay that extremists had won the battle between Islam and Islamism.
“The Muslim community will have to suffer until it gets its house in order,” he wrote.
He called notably for “strip-searching people who look like they’re from the Middle East or from Pakistan…. Discriminatory stuff, until it hurts the whole community and they start getting tough with their children.” (MORE)