"The Semitic languages are intellectually stifling and incapable of making more than mundane acuq&vementseihot;. You'll be accused of all sorts of things with that statement. After all Hebrew is a Semitic language, and Jews are very touchy concerning any criticism at all. "and the utter hideousness of buildings like the Alhambra and its forests of pillars". Sorry. Although of mainly Irish, and so West European, ancestry I happen to think the Alhambra is one of the most amazing buildings in the world.