And does not my desire to write come from a tendency toward introversion begun when I was small, brought up as I was in the fairy-tale world of Mary Poppins and Winnie-the-Pooh? Did not that set me apart from most of my school mates? - the fact that I got all A's and was "different" from the rough-and-tumble Conways - how I am not quite sure, but "different" as the animal with the touch of human hands about him when he returns to the herd.
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I don't believe in Huntington's Clash of Civilizations - East and West; Islam and Christianity. No. I think the battle of the 21st century is between the fanatics, of all colours and all faiths, and the rest of us. There is difference in scope, but not in essence, between Bin Laden and people who blow up abortion clinics in America or burn down synagogues and mosques in Europe. They are fanatics. Big or small, but they are fanatics.