“Islam holds a place in our Western societies. Islam belongs to Europe … I am not afraid to say that political Islam should be part of the picture,” said the European Union’s foreign policy representative Federica Mogherini Tuesday while visiting Amman, Jordan.
The Italian Mogherini fought back tears lamenting how Europe is now “suffering the same pain that the Middle East has known.”
A typical liberal, she doesn’t get it.
In 2006, less than 5 years after 9/11, Steven Stalinsky wrote in the New York Sun:
“Our aim is to put down roots in the European continent, and to act quietly and in accordance with the laws, so that one day we may see all of Europe Muslim!” the Turkish fundamentalist leader Nijmuddin Erbakan, a former Turkish prime minister who headed the Islamic Welfare Party, said, according to an April piece on the Arabic reformist Web site Elaph.com by a Germany-based Kurdish journalist, Tarek Hamo.
The Internet edition of the Norwegian daily Dagbladet interviewed a Kurdish Iraqi Islamist, Mullah Krekar, on March 13. “Look at the development of the population in Europe, where the number of Muslims increases like mosquitoes. … By 2050, 30% of the European population will be Muslim,” he said.
In a speech that aired April 10 on Al-Jazeera, the Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi similarly stated, “We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe — without swords, without guns, without conquests … [they will] turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades. … Europe is in a predicament, and so is America. They should agree to become Islamic in the course of time, or else declare war on the Muslims.”
“What is today called ‘Londonistan’ is in fact ‘Heretistan,’ that is, dar al-kufr [the abode of heresy],” [Syrian-born British Islamist Sheik Omar bin Bakri] said. “I think that loyal Muslims in Britain will one day turn it, with Allah’s help, into ‘Islamistan,’ that is, dar al-islam [the abode of Islam].
Ten years later, this is indeed happening. In 2006, Islamist leaders announced they had no intention of integrating into Europe. They intended to conquer it. This head-in-the-sand rainbow unicorn liberal stance of having a Walloon/Flemish/Islamist integrated society has led directly to the violence we see in Belgium.
That violence in Belgium crossed over to Paris, which is already a hotbed of no-go zones.
A 120-page research paper [it’s in French] entitled “No-Go Zones in the French Republic: Myth or Reality?” documented dozens of French neighborhoods “where police and gendarmerie cannot enforce the Republican order or even enter without risking confrontation, projectiles, or even fatal shootings.”
Some of the most notorious no-go zone areas in France are situated in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, a northeastern suburb (banlieue) of Paris that has one of the highest concentrations of Muslims in France. The department is home to an estimated 600,000 Muslims (primarily from North and West Africa) out of a total population of 1.4 million.
Belgium was always sure that its unique position as a Muslim-friendly country with no Muslim colonial past and no state-owned oil company guaranteed it wouldn’t be a target for Islamic radicals. So, so wrong.
So open, so accommodating, not unlike the evil US or Britain. Belgium was sure it wasn’t a target for jihadists.
Then those same people the nation coddled set up a network called “Sharia4Belgium,” with the stated aim of transforming the kingdom into an Islamic emirate.
They even wrote to the king of Belgium inviting him and his family to convert to Islam as soon as possible.
It was not until 2015, when attacks in Paris had shaken the continent, that a judge labelled Sharia4Belgium a terrorist group and sentence its leader Fouad Belkacem to prison.
Last year, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel admitted that his country had become a recruiting ground for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Interior Minister Jan Jambon even provided statistics on the subject, indicating that Belgium produced the greatest number of jihadists relative to its population. At least 269 Belgians were fighting in the ranks of ISIS in Syria while 117 had returned to Belgium after a fighting stint in the Middle East.
The concept that you can throw open the borders for Islamic immigration, with the thought that if we leave the Islamic community alone and befriend them, they will not radicalize is totally disproved by the experience in Belgium.
Eventually, Islamic communities, if left in isolation and insulation from the rest of Western society (be it American or European), will radicalize. It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of “when.” And when is totally determined by time, birth rates, and political power.
[Liberals] encourage otherness rather than integration. They want immigrants to change the country, rather than the other way around. They say Islam is not the enemy — but that’s only true if Islam is a religion and not a political ideology bent on undermining democracy.
This doesn’t mean that the Islamic community center (Mosque) down the street is an ISIS recruiting center. It doesn’t mean that Trump’s claims of “thousands of Muslims” celebrating in New Jersey after 9/11 is now true. It does, however, mean that Ted Cruz is likely more right than wrong in his approach to American Muslims. If the Washington Post is against it, that makes it even more right.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz responded to Tuesday’s terrorist strikes by offering the campaign’s most destructive policy proposal since Donald Trump pledged to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. In an embarrassing race to the bottom, the Texas senator hatched an Orwellian plot to lay siege to American neighborhoods populated by worshipers of Islam. This harebrained scheme is every bit as harmful to the West’s fight against the Islamic State as Trump’s Muslim ban. Not only does the Cruz proposal send the worst signal to Muslims worldwide, but also it wipes away a natural advantage the United States has enjoyed over every other country since the Mayflower first set sail for the new world.
It’s so harebrained to police Muslim communities before they isolate and radicalize that if those high-minded, multicultural, liberal do-no-harm elites in Belgium had done it, they might not be in the mess they’re in now. It’s also sweet irony that Joe Scarborough mentioned the Mayflower, whose occupants (which included a group of now-Belgian Walloons) tried to settle in the Dutch city of Lieden just 140 km north of Brussels, but had to flee because of religious persecution.
Those pesky Pilgrims just wouldn’t integrate properly.