Natalie Solent

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Saturday, February 04, 2006
 
We three kings of Orient are;
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

Star reporter of th'Independent
Fisk with royal beauty bright
Heart so bleeding, Bin Laden heeding
Guide us to thy pefect light


Born a King on Bethlehem's plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
But I can't find Him, 'cos - Hell's bells!
Fiskie led me somewhere else.

- In his book The Great War for Civilisation, Robert Fisk placed Jesus' birthplace as Jerusalem.

Sheesh, anyone can make a mistake. Let's just be grateful that it was made by the seven-times winner of the British Press Award for International Journalist of the Year. If someone less deeply immersed in the history and culture of the peoples of the Middle East - George W. Bush, for instance - were to make such an error, the Independent would never let us hear the last of it.

(Via this review by Efraim Karsh, found via Instapundit. The original We Three Kings words and tune can be found here.)