Foot baths for Muslim students at
Michigan universities? Muslim cabbies in the Twin Cities who refuse to
carry seeing-eye dogs? The FBI and other government agencies taking
sensitivity training from radical Muslim organizations? You think we’ve
lost the plot over here? Take a look at British submission to
Islamofascist demands and threats, as that once great nation succumbs to
It has reached the point that in
mid-April, the British Foreign Office instructed the Royal Navy not to return
pirates to jurisdictions sporting sharia law (such as Somalia) for fear that
their human rights will be violated. They have even been discouraged from
capturing pirates, because the freebooters
might ask to be granted asylum in Britain, a request with which the UK might
have to comply under international and European Union human rights law.
This for a Navy that almost
singlehandedly defeated piracy in the early 19th century, and a nation that
retained the death penalty for this scourge of the high seas until the late 20th
Welcome to Britain today.
Another recent outrage involves
special handling of a traffic violation. Seems that a Muslim driver was stopped
by police while speeding between two homes in the north of England. When
he appeared in court, he explained his high speed – over twice the speed limit
– was necessary to accommodate his two wives. His explanation was
accepted, and he was allowed to keep his license.
fast – very fast – on the heels of a decision by the British government to
grant full spousal benefits to multiple wives. It won’t affect more than
an estimated 1,000 individuals. And it mercifully won’t affect the
indigenous Christian, Hindu or Jewish population, as traditional bigamy laws
apply. Britons may rest easy, as it will only cover multiple wives
married in a jurisdiction that practices Sharia law, such as Pakistan or Saudi
not isolated instances; there are a myriad more: Swimming periods at pools
restricted to Muslims only; the establishment of a BBC Arabic language station
staffed by Arab broadcasters and managers with track records of being
anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Western; the refusal of female Muslim
medical students to wash their arms as that practice might reveal the forbidden
flesh between wrist and elbow; an attempt by a national union of university
lecturers to call for a boycott of Israeli academics; and, a local Council ban
on pig-themed toys, porcelain figures and calendars on workers’ desks because
it might offend Muslims.
No comment from the Home Office or
No. 10 Downing Street. No comment from the government, because it has been
their policy to appease Britain’s large Muslim population in response to
menacing behavior up to and including the bomb outrages of July 7, 2005.
It’s no coincidence that Muslims
constitute a substantial portion of the Labour Party’s electoral support in
London and in much of its heartland in northern England. In the expected
close election for Parliament that will be held by mid-2010, an increasing
Muslim population may be the difference between victory and defeat for the
But Labour’s bien pensant
hardly needs convincing. Like most on the left today, they fancy
themselves champions of the underdog and the oppressed, and sympathy for Islam,
and Arab and Muslim causes fits neatly into their intellectual program.
Along with America and Israel-bashing, it goes to the very heart of how liberals
view themselves and, more important, how they wish to be viewed by
others. It supplies them with the appearance of a self-abnegation that is
supposed to relieve their Western, middle-class guilt with a cleansing humility
but is nothing but moral exhibitionism; and, as always, involves other people’s
money, other people’s freedom, and other people’s comfort – never or very
rarely their own.
A classic of political correctness
run amok, wonderful as a burlesque if it weren’t slowly undermining Britain’s
way of life and its will to oppose extreme Islamism.
Worse is that acceding to this
nonsense gives Islamofascists confidence that they are on the winning side of
history. That if they just shout a little louder and push a little harder, they
may expect more of the same that becomes increasingly normative until it
convinces the longer-settled among the UK’s population that they have no power
to stop, let alone reverse, the process.
One might have become inured to the
gutless behavior of France or Italy, but many in the U.S. are still under the
impression that, like other countries in the Anglosphere, the British remain
clear-eyed, realistic and most importantly resolute about the threats with
which the West is confronted. But they aren’t; and while these cultural changes
are in the realm of the comical right now, they are beginning to affect British
public policy, domestic as well as foreign.
Why is this important to us?
Because the ZaNuLabour Party’s tendency to pacifism and appeasement, and its
devotion to political correctness, victim ideology, cultural relativism and
liberal guilt is shared by our own Democrats.
Look for more of it in Britain, and
don’t be surprised when it arrives full force here in America.