Threaten the safety of delicate Jewish girls in the Netherlands if you will, but don't you dare say anything bad in public about Islam or you'll be in really big trouble.
Poor "youths" discriminated against and marginalized and alienated, dispossessed by the evil Dutch neo-colonialist racists! White-wash this shite as we will, it just won't come clean. But what can we say? Can we find an audience who will listen to common reason and see plain as the azure skies the actuality?
Mostly we're concerned below with the loss of free speech due to Islamic terrorism and Left dhimmi fascism in Europe. There is a growing backlash against Islam and it's radical and murderous adherents, but though that is all to the good if Europe is to survive as an independent bloc of Modernity, it must not slip into White fascist reaction and obscurantism, the very evils of Islam we struggle to overcome.
We'll look below at some reactions to the situations we find, and from that we might begin to ask where we go from here. It's our postion that the West, if it is to maintain its Modernity, must continue in its classical Liberalist pursuit of privacy and free thought. We mount the portrait of our favorite Liberal, John Stewart Mill, to look over our post this day.
Here is a view from the Netherlands on how their nation fares. Below we'll look briefly at England's Hyde Park speakers' corner and some comments on the nature of Canada. We'll follow with views from Denmark, and we'll end with France.
Published 10 November 05
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By Abigail R. Esman
World Defense Review columnist
The shifting direction of the war on terror
"This is the beginning of the war!" a French Muslim boy called out in the middle of the riots in Le Blanc Mesnil, just north of Paris.
But is it? Or was the war really going on already?
Few Americans have heard of him, but in Europe, more and more are becoming familiar with the name, and the ideas, of Dyab Abou Jahjah, [known also as Abu Yaya,] founder of the now-international Arab European League (AEL) and the Muslim Democratic Party. Handsome, charismatic, well-educated, and multilingual, he has the perfect makings of a political leader, or perhaps better said, a man poised to lead a revolution. And he knows it.
More to the point: as the fury of Muslim youth explodes across the landscape of Western Europe, it's time that others know it, too.
The AEL, first founded in Belgium in 2000, in other words, before September 2001, now has branches in the Netherlands and France, and intends to spread across the E.U., with plans to participate in future European Parliamentary elections as the Muslim Democratic Party. With battle cries like "Whatever Means Necessary" and frequent condemnations of America, Jahjah, who called the 9/11 attacks "sweet revenge," recruits Muslim youth to spread his ideology, a vague series of ideas that occasionally appear moderate, but when added together, call for violent resistance, the destruction of Israel, and the introduction of Sharia (Islamic) law in Europe.
Most recently, Jahjah issued a public statement supporting Iranian president Ahadi Najad's declaration calling for Israel to be wiped off the face of the map. "The foundation of Najad's reasoning is intellectually defendable," he writes in English (the statement in its entirety can be found here) "and despite the fact that his regime is no perfect example of political morality, I argue that his position on this matter is the only possible moral one." (Ironically, the man slain filmmaker Theo van Gogh once called "a pimp for Allah" continues his rant with mention of a "mythical racial-religious holy promise by some god in some religious book" by which, of course, he means the Old Testament. Despite such statements, Jahjah repeatedly insists he has "nothing against the Jews.")
I've thought a lot about Jahjah the last few days: Jahjah who never condemned the killing of van Gogh by a Dutch Muslim fundamentalist; Jahjah who finds the destruction of Israel "the only possible moral" option; Jahjah who has on several occasions incited riots on the streets of Antwerp and now defends the ongoing rioting of Muslim youth outside of Paris. I've thought of Jahjah as Muslim youths riot, too, in Arhus, Denmark, presumably in protest against the publication in a national newspaper of a cartoon drawing of Mohammed.
(Question: why is it that when a political leader in Western Europe refers to the Old Testament as "some religious book," it's all right, but when a Western European newspaper publishes a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed it brings international protest from across the Muslim world and rioting within the country?)
I've though of Jahjah in all of this because his influence on European Muslim youth men and women ages 18-30, mostly, has been significant enough that the Dutch intelligence service traces the rise of Muslim anti-Semitism and extremism in the Netherlands in no small measure straight back to the AEL.
And I think of this fact every day lately as I walk the streets of my mostly-Muslim neighborhood: because suddenly, now, as an American Jew, if I normally wore a star of David or a chai around my neck, after Jahjah's declaration I would be too frightened to be seen with it on the street.
Muslim hate-mongers spewing racist exhortations to violence and post-Nazi Islamic supremacy get a free pass in the Netherlands. Look now for the sake of contrast at England and Canada:
BRITAIN AND CANADA
The Speakers' Shrinking Corner
"Britain's tradition of free speech is under assault."
By Joseph Brean in London
Last week, city council in the norther city of Hull sent staffers an e-mail telling them to stop using such words as "lady," "ethnic," "senior citizen," "love," "spastic," or "dyke" that might cause offence.
In Manchester, a hit and run victim was scolded by police for describing the driver as "fat" ....
"What has gone wrong is the Canadianization of Britain," says professor Christie Davies, a sociologist at the University of Reading....
He means that Canadians, especially Torontonians, led the charge for political correctness at the expense of free speech, and now Britain is following suit. I regard Toronto almost as being in the old East Germany," he said.
Prof. Davies recalled stopping at the city's [Toronto's] Speaker's Corner, which claims to be modelled on the London original, and reading a list of all the things he was not allowed to say....
Read it all at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a limit to the burning and looting and murder, and even the Danes seem to be reaching it. What is the limit, and what comes when we pass it? We might think today that nothing can be worse than Islamic fascism, but what is it we're approaching?
A Mutual Suspicion Grows in DenmarkBy Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
Hate screeds are rattling against this Scandinavian nation's aura of serenity. A Muslim publisher with suspected ties to the Al Qaeda terrorist network was recently jailed for allegedly inciting jihad and distributing videotapes of beheadings. A right-wing radio host reacted by saying that Muslims should be expelled from Western Europe, "or you exterminate the fanatical Muslims, which would mean killing a substantial population of Muslim immigrants."
Such incendiary cases, although exceptional in Denmark, raise fears that if Muslim integration can't succeed in the most liberal of Western nations, it might not be able to flourish in more conservative ones.
With cars burning across France and Islamic radicals going underground in Britain, Europe is reeling from the anger of Muslim communities that for decades have existed as parallel universes. Terrorist bombings and riots have sparked fears on the continent and raised questions about its hallowed ideal of cultural tolerance. Muslims complain that tensions over terrorism have turned them into convenient symbols for conservative politicians pushing anti-immigration policies.
From the Danish Parliament to the immigrant neighborhoods in Norrebro, ... echoes with suspicion. Liberal freedom-of-speech laws are being challenged by Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extremist Islamic organization recruiting Muslims to battle coalition forces in Iraq that include 530 Danish troops. In a society that prides itself on racial parity, voters have elevated the xenophobic Danish People's Party from the fringes to the country's third most powerful political bloc.
"I believe integrating a large number of Muslims can't be done. It's an illusion," said Martin Henriksen, a 25-year-old legislator for the People's Party. "They don't have the desire to blend in with other people. We've been a Christian country for 1,000 years and we are the oldest monarchy in the world. I want to get married and have a lot of kids who can walk around in a society not influenced by Muslims."
This attitude mirrors growing cultural strains, anxiety over possible terrorist attacks and the Danish People's Party's frequent criticisms of the 200,000 Muslims among the nation's 5.4 million people. The tilt to the right is starkly seen in the number of asylum applications the government has approved: 53% in 2001 and 10% last year.
...Fadi Abdul Latif, the spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir in Denmark, accused conservatives of changing the meaning of integration. Whereas it once meant attending Danish schools and speaking the national language, he charged, now it forces Muslims into accepting European values on issues including sexuality and religion.
"This is the Europe of the Middle Ages," said Abdul Latif, a Palestinian born in a Lebanese refugee camp who moved here years ago. "When others want to force their values on Muslims, we must reject this. We neither want to assimilate nor isolate. We want to keep our identity and carry our message of Islam to others. But Europe is using the climate of war and terrorism to force assimilation."
Hizb ut-Tahrir seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate and expel Western influences from Muslim nations. Outlawed in Sweden and Germany, the group faces a possible ban in Britain after the London transit bombings in July. In 2002, Abdul Latif was charged with distributing hate literature that revered suicide bombers as martyrs and quoted a verse from the Koran: "And kill them from wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out." He received a 60-day suspended sentence.
He also circulated a flier in 2004 urging Muslims to "go help your brothers in Fallouja and exterminate your rulers if they block your way." Abdul Latif said in an interview that Hizb ut-Tahrir was rallying fighters in the Middle East, not Europe. The Danish government, whose support of the Bush administration in Iraq has drawn threats from Al Qaeda affiliates, has reopened an investigation into Tahrir.
Abdul Latif is not the only voice testing Denmark's free speech boundaries. Said Mansour, a Moroccan-born Danish publisher who has been under intelligence surveillance for years, was charged in September with instigating terrorism after police raided his home and confiscated allegedly "inflammatory jihadist" videos and speeches. ...
Cultural relations were further strained later in September when Jyllands-Posten, the nation's leading newspaper, printed 12 caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, including one suggesting he had a bomb in his turban. The newspaper said the illustrations were an exercise in free speech, but Muslims viewed them as a provocation. Two newspaper cartoonists were reportedly driven into hiding.
Terrorism and immigration have propelled right and center-right political parties not only in Denmark but also across the continent. A breakdown of the four largest parties in the European Parliament shows that rightist parties hold 355 seats, compared with 243 held by liberal ones.
Thirty-five percent of Copenhagen residents listed integration as the most important issue in the upcoming elections Tuesday, according to a poll published by Jyllands-Posten. In a similar survey last year, only 13% considered integration a significant problem.
"Twenty-five percent of all children in Copenhagen and more than 10% of all children in Denmark are being born to non-Danish mothers. What is happening is a gradual scooping out of the Danish population," Mogens Camre, a member of the Danish People's Party and the European Parliament, said last year. "Islam is threatening our future…. That faith belongs to a dark past, and its political aims are as destructive as Nazism was."
Ahmed abu Laban, an Islamic leader in Copenhagen, said Christian and Muslim extremists are "manipulating the sense of insecurity. ... I tell many Muslims, 'Europe is sensitive today.' It won't tolerate any act of terror. It is fed up."
The French don't want to show the rioting on television, not because it will provoke copy-cat riots-- but because they don't want to drive voters to the Right! To the rescue ride the Eurocrats in their Mercedes to pass out cash to the Islumpen masses. Ah, thank God for Bhatman.
The deportations could begin as early as Monday, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said, but it was not clear how many people would be affected.
The European Union offered France a quick handout of 50 million euros (2.4 billion baht) to help recovery from the riots. European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said up to 1 billion euros could be made available eventually for job creation and to help social cohesion - 48.2 billion baht.
French insurers estimate that damage claims alone will reach 200 million euros.
According to Sarkozy, about 120 foreigners, many of them with legal status, have been arrested during the riots, but most of them may be protected by French law. For example, minors and persons with family on French territory will probably not be deported.
"It's not about numbers," Sarkozy said. "It's the principle."
Since the rioting began on October 27, some 8,400 cars have been destroyed by fire and 2,652 people have been detained
Two policemen were reported injured in the unrest overnight, including one officer who was taken to hospital after being struck in the head and shoulder by a bowl[ing] ball in the Paris suburb of La Courneuve.
Le Pen is laughing. As Joseph Brean notes above, the Canadian course is taking us all down the dark path to East Berlin. The flavour might be French but the aftertaste will be purely sauer. The list of what we can and cannot utter in public is growing, and the list of angry voters is swelling at the same time that property goes up in flames and the Muslim communities in the West are inflamed by the rhetoric of entitlement and privilege from the Left dhimmi fascists who use them as proxies in the war against Modernity. We must speak up for free speech and democracy, and that must mean we speak openly about the threat of fascism from the Islamic communities in our midsts and against those among us who would have us silenced to soothe their senses of sanctimony, to quell their moral hysteria, to allow them their continued daydream of ruling the infantalized and passive populations of the West.