Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Syrian flashback to Spanish War

THE current concerns over Britons returning from the Syrian conflict are eerily reminiscent of the concerns of the 1930s. Then it was about those volunteers returning from the Spanish Civil War who fought against fascism.

Then, as now, Western governments were fearful citizens would be radicalised. Then it was communism: now it is radical Islam. Is it not possible among the young men going to Syria there might be a Laurie Lee, or a George Orwell, and in 75 years our fears will look as unfounded as the fears of 1938?

SHEILA PARKER

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