Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders would like us to believe, the world won't be made safer by creating barriers between people. Cries of "They're evil, let's get 'em" or "The infidels must die" sound frightening, but they're desperately empty of argument and understanding. They're the rallying cries of prejudice, the call to arms of those who find it easier to hate than admit they might be not be [sic] right about everything. Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.
-- Michael Palin (5 May 1943-), English comedian and actor, of Monty Python fame, "Letter from London" (18 September 2003)