Novelist. Author of APSARAS and tales from the beautiful Saigh Valley. First person to quantify spiritual values.

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Friday 8 September 2017

Trojan Horse.

We all think we know the story of the Trojan Horse; it was a trick employed by the Greeks to gain access to the City of Troy following a fruitless ten year siege. The Trojans, believing the Greeks had left, dragged the wooden horse into the City as a trophy of war, unaware that soldiers were hidden within. Under cover of darkness the soldiers emerged and opened the gates of the City, allowing the returned Greek army to enter and claim victory.
The story is mentioned in Virgil's Aeneid & Homer's Odyssey but it has become a tale synonymous with all such instances of subterfuge. However, does it tell the real story or is there some other, more insidious and natural that is implied?
The same ruse, albeit unrecognised, is being played out across the world as a consequence of the Muslim diaspora of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Some, but not all, Muslim immigrants genuinely seek a new, peaceful, life and attempt to adjust culturally to their host Country. They are often constrained in this by the canon of their faith, passed down to them by their parents and community, held by their ancestors for generations. The point I want to make here is that although first generation immigrants may make an effort to integrate with the host community (the horse), they will have children and grand children, 2nd & 3rd generations, holding the DNA and characters of ancestors of many generations earlier. (the hidden soldiers). The problems arise if these inherited, ancient characters were, for instance, jihadists in their homeland. Their allegiances of old are resurrected in the new born albeit in a different Country.
Implausible? Maybe, but thousands of young men and a few girls from Muslim families have felt the urge to go to Syria and Afghanistan to become jihadists, later returning to the UK to continue the fight. Why did they go and how did they become radicalised despite a Western upbringing? My theory of inherited characters might hold the answers. see: 

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