“2030—then we take over,” reads a popular T-shirt worn by Muslims in Stockholm. Recent comments by European politicians might cause these young Swedes to think about pushing the date forward a couple of decades. Europe, it increasingly appears, is in fact ready to be handed over to radical Muslims without a fight.
Consider the situation in the Netherlands. Just this month a female Muslim teacher was suspended by a school in Amsterdam for refusing to shake hands with men. Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner, trying to show his countrymen that dhiminni status is something to be proud of, said in an interview in the recently published book Het land van haat en nijd, (The Land of Hate and Anger) that he is not bothered by Muslims refusing to shake his hand. He also said it was wise for the Queen of the Netherlands not to have insisted that a Muslim leader shake her hand when she visited his mosque in The Hague earlier this year.
Western niceties are the least Donner is willing to give up. He went on to welcome Shari’a law in the Netherlands saying:
It must be possible for Muslim groups to come to power [in the Netherlands] via democratic means. Every citizen may argue why the law should be changed, as long as he sticks to the law.
It is a sure certainty for me: if two thirds of all Netherlanders tomorrow would want to introduce Sharia, then this possibility must exist. Could you block this legally? It would also be a scandal to say “this isn't allowed!”
The majority counts. That is the essence of democracy.
Donner’s hypothetical scenario isn’t very hard to imagine. There are nearly one million Muslims in the Netherlands out of a population of about 16 million. Almost half of Amsterdam’s population is of non-Dutch origin, while only one out of three students in Amsterdam schools is Dutch. Not only are three out of five Turkish and Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands unemployed, but most are not integrating into Dutch society. As Bruce Bawer explains in his book While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within, “It was this policy, known as ‘integration with maintenance of one’s own identity,’ that enabled Muslims to establish an extensive separate culture within the Netherlands, complete with government-funded schools, mosques, community centers, and other institutions.”
Such Islamic colonies in the heart of Europe suit Donner just fine. He says, “a tone that I do not like has crept into the political debate. A tone of: ‘Thou shall assimilate. Thou shall adopt our values in public. Be reasonable, do it our way.’ That is not my approach.” Indeed, the only way that Donner seems inclined to follow is the Islamic way. In November 2004, Donner tried to make the case that an obsolete blasphemy law should be enforced to protect Islam from insults. Protecting film directors like Theo Van Gogh – who was murdered that same month – from Dutch-born Islamic terrorists seems to concern the Justice Minister less.
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos latest idea is even more incredible than Donner’s welcoming of Shari’a law to the Continent. After a visit to Gaza, Moratinos told the Barcelona daily La Vanguardia that “The best response to al-Qaeda is no response, and to keep working towards peace.” While Spanish blogger Jose Guardia commented that “it makes you want to cry,” Osama bin Laden would surely have to laugh at this policy of appeasement. Especially since al-Qaeda is using Spain as a recruiting ground for terrorists.
According to a recent report in the Spanish newspaper El Periodico, an average of three Spanish Muslims are recruited each month for suicide bombings in Iraq or terrorist training in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Yemen, and Somalia. It is clear that the decision by Spain’s Socialist government to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq following the Madrid train bombings (a perfect example of the “no response” method of fighting terrorism) has not made the country any safer. Spanish intelligence sources told the newspaper “the danger is that, once trained as terrorists in those camps or in combat in Iraq, they are sent back to Europe where they await the order to attack.”
But then, attacking innocent civilians wouldn’t necessarily earn one the label of terrorist from Moratinos. In order to legitimize Hamas, the Foreign Minister tried to have the group intent on destroying Israel (and “liberating” Seville) removed from the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations in 2005. Meanwhile, Moratinos reserves his hatred for the United States. In a 2004 op-ed he wrote, “Based on an extravagant and weak strategic design, the American military machine and her stooges entered the Iraqi wasps’ nest like a bull in a china shop.”
Moratinos and Donner are part of a large group of leftist politicians who—it could be argued—have joined forces with the enemies of the West. British MP George Galloway is the most well-known of those cheering for the other side. To Saddam Hussein he once said, “Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.” He has accused Prime Minister Tony Blair of “waging a war on Muslims…at home and abroad.” Such rhetoric is a blessing to radical Islamists who seek to divide the West. American al-Qaeda operative Adam Gadahn said in his latest message:
Escape from the unbelieving army and join the winning side. As for those who have expressed their respect and admiration for Islam, and acknowledged that it is the truth and demonstrated the support and sympathy for the Muslims and their causes like George Galloway, Robert Fisk, and countless others, I say to them, isn’t it time you stopped sitting on the fence and came over to the side of truth?
The support and sympathy Gadahn seeks are not lacking. In June 2003, historian Lin Silje Nilsen defended a proposal to establish a Shari’a court in Norway. She explained that minorities should have the right to “protect their culture and religious identity.” Unfortunately, for too many European leaders it’s the culture and identity of Europe that don’t need protection.
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