If Islamic terrorism has contributed anything at all to Western civilization, it may actually have helped preserve it. Nothing has made Europeans wake up to what they have allowed mass immigration to do to them than the jihad many Muslims are licking their whiskers to wage against the new countries to which they have invited themselves. Last week the New York Times in a front page story offered the details.[ British Militants Openly Support Bin Laden and the Rule of Islam, New York Times, By Patrick E. Tyler And Don Van Natta Jr., April 25, 2004]
What the Times calls "a small group of young Britons whose parents emigrated from Pakistan after World War II" have come to prefer Osama bin Laden to Tony Blair. In fact, the Times reports, "they say they would like to see Prime Minister Tony Blair dead or deposed and an Islamic flag hanging outside No. 10 Downing Street" and they "swear allegiance to Osama bin Laden and his goal of toppling Western democracies to establish an Islamic superstate under Shariah law, like Afghanistan under the Taliban. They call the Sept. 11 hijackers the 'Magnificent 19' and regard the Madrid train bombings as a clever way to drive a wedge into Europe."
This is the Europe of the future, not the one Charles Martel fought to save from Moslem armies in the eighth century but the Europe that the European chapter of the Open Borders Lobby has helped create, with its suicidal libertarianism and bottomless appetite for cheap labor. Today, it turns out, the cheap labor carries a price that even libertarians might find a bit stiff.
The "small group of young Britons" may not be so small, though what the Times also calls "mainstream Muslims" are upset at them and similar movements. Nevertheless, similar movements are also on the march.
The spiritual leader of the movement, a gentleman known as Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammad, has a simple message to impart to his followers, and he imparts it regularly: "If Europe fails to heed Mr. bin Laden's offer of a truce—provided that all foreign troops are withdrawn from Iraq in three months—Muslims will no longer be restrained from attacking the Western countries that play host to them, the sheik said." "All Muslims of the West will be obliged" to "become his sword." So much for assimilation.
Nor is the sheik alone. One Muslim authority in Hamburg told the Times, ""My impression is that Muslims have become more and more angry against the United States." No doubt, but it's Great Britain and Europe that seem to be on the receiving end just now.
"Some Muslim recruits are going to Iraq, counterterrorism officials in Europe say, but more are remaining home, possibly joining cells that could help with terror logistics," and in March, British police busted nine "Pakistani-Britons" for trying to build a terrorist bomb.
Well, no doubt the West can handle it. Not only will the Muslims eventually assimilate and start their own computer companies, but the British and American mega-state will simply crush anybody who steps out of line. That, of course, is possible, but why is it necessary to create a leviathan able to crush people who don't belong here anyway? Why not just kick them out and forbid others to come at all?
In any case, thanks again to the suicidal habits of the Western mind these days, crushing terrorists may not be so simple anymore. "The authorities say that laws to protect religious expression and civil liberties have the result of limiting what they can do to stop hateful speech." Actually, the authorities have had little trouble stopping what they claim is "hateful speech" when it's foes of immigration and multiculturalism that are speaking it. When it's real hate, the open advocacy of murder and terrorism that gushes out of the mosques, there's little the authorities can do.
The "authorities," the Times reports, are left mainly with efforts to seek deportation, "a lengthy and uncertain process subject to legal appeals, when the suspect can keep inciting attacks." Mostly what the "authorities" do is "resort to less effective means, such as mouse-trapping Islamic radicals with immigration violations in hopes of making a deportation case stick. 'In many countries, the laws are liberal and it's not easy,' an official said."
There's no reason the Times account should surprise those who have followed the idiocies of mass immigration and multiculturalism for the last several years, nor should the paralysis the West has inflicted on itself. What the story confirms—and maybe what it will teach those who have never learned it—is what such critics have long known: that the basic and perhaps mortal disease of the white West is that it has ceased to be able to protect itself from its cultural, religious and racial enemies, because it has washed its own brains with the lie that such enemies don't even exist.
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[Sam Francis [email him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection of his columns, America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available from Americans For Immigration Control. Click here for Sam Francis' website. Click here to order his monograph, Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American Political Future and here for Glynn Custred's review.]