Mad Mel discovers the barbarism of the slave trade

“From the early seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, thousands of British men women and children were kidnapped by Arab corsairs and sold into slavery in Morocco where they were kept in conditions of unspeakable barbarism.” Melanie Phillips discovers “a seaborne Islamic jihad against Britain which lasted for no less than two centuries”.

Melanie Phillips’s Diary, 27 September 2005

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that around that time Christian Britain was itself not immune to the barbaric practice of trading slaves. But then, I was forgetting, that was entirely different – the victims were not white people.