Saturday, December 27, 2003

Hitch forgets his English history

Christopher Hitchens in the January 2004 Vanity Fair writes (can't find a link yet, alas):
[Discussion of Indonesia] Imagine being colonized by the Dutch, incidentally; imprisoned in a European language that nobody spoke outside the Low Countries and white South Africa

Now leave aside Hitch's seeming claim that the Dutch imposed their useless language on Indonesia...he also seems to think being colonized by the Dutch is something rare and exotic. But DUDE! England, 1689, William of Orange, sailing from the Netherlands to usurp James II, his father-in-law, eventually removing the Stuarts from the royal succession completely? Let's get your native land's history right before we start writing about somewhere half-way across the ocean, OK?

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