Just Say "Nein" To Internal Terror
By: Val MacQueen
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, August 12, 2004
In the Old Europe which tried to impose is dainty distaste for the war against terror on the rest of us, Germany for one has broken ranks and is instituting a new system for tracking Muslim troublemakers within its borders. And, with Teutonic thoroughness, some measures are tougher than those instituted by the US or Britain. The government announced earlier this month that they are setting up an official database of suspected radical Islamists. Whether this might be against terrorists' human rights or an intrusion into their privacy seems not to have exercised German sensibilities at all, because at the same time, they announced plans to pool intelligence from the country's three national security agencies.
The Germans themselves, and even some Turks who have committed themselves to the German way of life, are pleased about this.
In a sense, it could be argued that the Germans were the first to spot the incipient dangers of allowing Islam a foothold in Europe. Forty years ago, Britain was allowing mass immigration from its former colonies in the West Indies to get workers to do jobs the British would no longer accept. West Indians are Christian. The French imported workers from their former colonies in Christian W Africa and the French Caribbean.
Germans were proving equally picky about accepting menial jobs too, and Germany's mighty economy of the day also had a crying need for workers. Having never been a colonial power, there was no overseas labor pool willing to up stakes and move to the mother country. So they sought workers in nearby Turkey.
Germany invited them in to work for good wages, but refused to give them permanent right of abode or to hold out the possibility of eventual citizenship, even for Turkish children born on German soil. To drive home the point, Turks allowed in to work were officially termed Guest Workers. No ambiguity there. They were guests and would be going home one day.
Even 40 years ago, beady-eyed grievance seekers, aka the human rights industry, were on the job. Germany was condemned as racist by the incipient tranzi movement, but it didn't budge. Turks were Muslims and the German government of the day showed exceptional foresight in the realization that the religion they adhered to was, in many senses antithetical to the enlightened, Christian traditions of the West. They didn't want to invite conflict onto their turf.
They still don't. The rules have been relaxed a little. Some 'guest workers' have been living in Germany for 40 years without being sent back. Their children, even those born in Germany, still cannot get German citizenship, but the government is now considering making some exceptions. But they haven't relaxed their guard.
Given that three of the WTC terrorists had been Arab students from Hamburg, this tightening up move should not have come as a surprise. In fact, German citizens are asking why it took so long. However, these modest plans have provoked mews of outrage from Germany's Muslim spokesmen - the usual suspects from self-appointed Islamic Councils and like-named official-sounding bodies.
According to Reuters, "a Muslim leader, reacting to the news . said innocent Muslims risked falling under suspicion unless the term 'Islamist' was properly defined.
" When you speak about Islamism, you have to clarify what you mean by it," [he said]. Funny, how the newcomers assume the right to determine definitions.
According to Reuters, Nadeem Elyas, chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, continued, "When you speak about Islamism, you have to clarify what you mean by it. We are concerned that every Muslim could fall under this catch-all term, which is unacceptable.
"We're worried that people may be caught up arbitrarily who have nothing to do with terrorism. By arbitrarily, I mean at the discretion of the officials or authorities, which would be a violation of data protection rules."
Elyas hails from that passionate defender of human rights and democracy, Saudi Arabia (Mecca, yet - birthplace of that other boy from the 'hood, Osama), which he left when he was 19. According to a very weird piece put out by the Goethe Insitute, although Elyas did condemn 9/11 as "unIslamic", he also says that he "would not go so far as to dispute Osama bin Laden's profession of belief in Allah or to exclude him from the worldwide community of Muslims - any more than the Christian Churches excommunicated Nazi criminals." Note the uppity little sting in the tail. Surely such an international fellow is aware that the Christian churches overwhelmingly condemned Naziism and the war crimes committed by the Nazis. They didn't equivocate in the way that every Muslim organization equivocates about Muslim terrorism up to and including using children as murdering suicide bombers.
However, by saying unequivocally that the mass murder of 9/11 was unIslamic, he proved himself more able to utter a simple declarative sentence than his counterparts in Britain and the United States. And he has earned condemnation from his co-religionists by speaking in public about the persecution of Christians in Algeria and the murder of tourists in Egypt.
Although Mr Elyar appears to be willing to meet the German government halfway, he and his co-religionists should be aware that the German government is under no obligation to return the favor. That Muslims are regarded with suspicion in Europe is the fault not of Germany or other European country. The Islamofascists are the problem, not the countries to which they've immigrated seeking a better standard of living.
Just last week, Muslim militants claiming links to Al-Qaeda vowed to launch a 'bloody war' on Europe, saying that their first target would be Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. (Spain's puerile capitulation must have given them great heart.)
In a statement posted on an Islamic website on Wednesday, the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades made the threats after a 'truce' offered by Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden expired earlier this month.
European voters are going to want to hear more robust language from so-called moderate Muslims in Europe than statements that 9/11 was "unIslamic" before they are comfortable having individuals from this alien, narrow religion living in their societies. For one thing, a definition of what "Islamic" actually means might be helpful.
Meanwhile, the German government has a right to compile any kind of databank it feels the threat merits in order to protect its own citizens regardless of the opinions of immigrant spokesmen from primitive societies like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. To its credit, the German government is proceeding without apology.
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